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53-11 chain ring combination(15 posts)

53-11 chain ring combinationBernie
Jan 1, 2002 1:13 PM
Who are the animals that ride in this gear combination? When, where, and how do you use this gear? Are you a giant person with long cranks? If you find yourself in this gear combination often, tell us about it. Thankyou.
I use it all the time.bill
Jan 1, 2002 1:38 PM
On my rollers.
Oh, you mean on the road?
I HAVE used it on screaming downhills, but it was superfluous. I agree with you; a 53-11 is a waste of a cog for me. Except for on the rollers.
worthless for most...C-40
Jan 1, 2002 1:50 PM
I tried an 11-23 campy 10 speed cassette after years of riding a 12-21 9 speed. The 11 was worthless for me. Used it for all of 10 seconds at the bottom of one hill on my regular 2 hour route. I now have a 12-25, which is a lot more useful. I have option of climbing steep hills seated, instead of standing in a 21 or 23.
re: 53-11 chain ring combinationmackgoo
Jan 1, 2002 2:47 PM
I mostly use it going down hill. I can sometimes get in it on long flats. But mostly I went to it because I was tired of spinning out going down hill.
I get some use out of it...Trypsin
Jan 1, 2002 4:35 PM
I'm a big guy, for a skinny cyclist. I train a lot and do a decent amount of racing so i'm in pretty good shape. I mainly use this gear while descending. It is perfect for very gradual decents because you can really crank up the speed. I occasionally use it on the flats, especially if there is a tail wind.
I dont even use my 12 on the flats!firstrax
Jan 1, 2002 4:59 PM
I use it all the timecyclopathic
Jan 1, 2002 6:46 PM
on my Tri bike with 650c :)

I could prob use it on road bike with good tail wind
Don't even have that combo.Steve98501
Jan 1, 2002 8:11 PM
I never used the 53*12 on my triple equiped bike, so when I built up a frame last summer, I used a double with gear-inches I actually use. My big ring combo is a 50*13, which I can easily pedal up to 26 mph. But I can't maintain 26 mph, except under favorable wind or paceline conditions. And for descents, at 30 mph I stop pedaling and tuck and coast.

As it turns out, although I've got 27 and 18 gear combinations on my two road bikes, I use the same number of gears on both bikes.
Me, either. And I don't think most people need it.cory
Jan 2, 2002 9:56 AM
If you can push 130 gear-inches, good for you. I can't, and I hardly ever see anybody who can. When I built my Atlantis, I used a 46-36-26 triple and an 11-28 cassette. That gives me a 113-inch high gear, all I need, a usable granny and a ton of gears in between. The macho guys on the club rides sneer, but I've converted a couple of friends and nobody's gone back after they've tried it.
re: 53-11 chain ring combinationSpox
Jan 1, 2002 10:41 PM
It's a good one in fast tailwind, when it gets to those 35-40 mph speeds and tailwind or downhill in time trials.
re: 53-11 chain ring combinationjosh_putnam
Jan 2, 2002 1:37 AM
My road bike uses 26x1.25" tires, so I need higher gearing to get equivalent development (= travel per pedal stroke) given the smaller wheels. But I use larger chainrings instead of smaller cogs -- chain friction and wear accelerate dramatically as cog size declines, and 11 tooth cogs are just asking for rapid wear. (If you want the math, try Mechanics of the Roller Chain Drive or Machinery's Handbook.)
re: 53-11 chain ring combinationmorey
Jan 2, 2002 5:20 AM
I use it on downhills, flats with a tailwind. But, basically 53 x 12 is just as good.
re: Only Combo to get over 50mph...jrm
Jan 2, 2002 10:36 AM
On a good descent, sucks when you spin it out though...
every rideDog
Jan 2, 2002 10:43 AM
I'll use it several times on every rode (unless on the fixie, of course). In fact, for most of the year I have a 55x11 on.

Depends on your terrain. Out here in the mountains, we have hills that descend for 5-10 miles or more. Without that combo, you'd just be coasting or working yourself silly spun out. Some people in the 508 use 57 or even 60 tooth rings (very long gradual downhills). If I lived in Missouri still, I'd not use it hardly at all.

One thing I really like tall gears for is to be able to stand at a slow cadence on long rides, getting the weight off my butt for a while. At 20 mph or so, it takes a tall gear to be able to stand and slowly pedal while resting everything.

re: 53-11 chain ring combinationWoof the dog
Jan 2, 2002 11:00 PM
in a fast ride situation on a hilly route where it is uphill downhill uphill downhill ALL the time, you'd be glad to have 11 on the downhill!

Don't tell me I don't need it! I have a 12th cog and it is just not enough, ever!