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Cassette and gearing for Florida(14 posts)

Cassette and gearing for FloridaTUT2222
Oct 15, 2002 3:29 AM
I am going to be changing my components on my bike and was looking for suggestions on what gears would work the best for riding in Florida. It is basically flat here, and looking at SB's gear ring charts, I was wondering if a 39/53 and 12-25 10spd would work well for me. I am basically a recreational rider, and don't forsee riding much anywhere else. My searches in here haven't come up with much that I can use, so any any help is appreciated.
re: Cassette and gearing for Floridanetso
Oct 15, 2002 3:38 AM
I use a 39/53 and 12-23 with no problem. My wife uses a 39/53 and 12-25. She is 58 and I am 60.
re: Cassette and gearing for Floridaeddie m
Oct 15, 2002 4:00 AM
In Florida, the issue isn't hills, but wind (especially near the coasts) can be an issue. I would avoid 10 speeds in such a flat area, just avoid dealing wih the narrow chain. If you only ride when the weather is calm, you might consider a fixed gear or single speed.
re: Cassette and gearing for Floridawalkott
Oct 15, 2002 6:01 AM
Parts of florida are hilly.(some are over 200') A single speed could be hard on the knees there.
Florida is flat!Alexx
Oct 15, 2002 5:20 AM
I would think that you wouldn't need anything lower than a 42/23.
Is not, there are overpasses!dzrider
Oct 15, 2002 6:37 AM
I did loaded touring for 3 months down there and very seldom used myeasiest gear (42x24. Didn't have much use for the 52x14 either. I broke my rear derailleur cable and went two days before I found a shop and replaced it. I did fine with a 2 speed.
re: Cassette and gearing for FloridaBikeViking
Oct 15, 2002 6:32 AM
I am running a 53/39 w/ a 12-21 9 speed here in equally flat Eastern Virginia and it's nice being able to step up/down when a gear is to easy or too hard.
re: Cassette and gearing for Floridamaximum15
Oct 15, 2002 8:43 AM
I have a 39/53 up front and 12/23 9 speed in back. It is just fine for the flats, the wind, the overpasses, and drafting traffic. I am going to build a commuter bike soon and am strongly considering 7 or 8 speed for it as I just don't need the extra gears most of the time. At least 75% of my commute is in 39 front, 16 back. This gear allows a tremendous variation in speed when spinning anywhere from 85 to 100.
Where Do You Live?jromack
Oct 15, 2002 9:36 AM
I'm on the west coast (tampa) and run an 11-23, if I go up to the "hilly" part of central Florida, I switch to a 12-25.

Use the 12-25 and you'll be fine.

Where do you live? Ever ride and get wind both ways on an "out and back"? Happens to me all the time in the Spring.
South of youTUT2222
Oct 15, 2002 11:34 AM
I am in Englewood, about 90 minutes south of Tampa, on the coast. And yes, the wind can really suck(blow?) around here, lol.
South of youscary slow
Oct 15, 2002 12:56 PM
Where do you ride in Englewood? I have been spending a lot of time in Punta Gorda. What type of pace do you ride at?
South of youTUT2222
Oct 15, 2002 2:21 PM
I live right near the El Jobean Bridge in Gulf Cove. I mainly have been riding around here, as I only started riding again this year. There is a nice county owned bike/skate path near here but it is not finished and only about 5.5 to 6 miles long.
My pace is SLOW compared to most, but hell, I enjoy it, and I am improvong weekly. Also, I just turned 49 last week, and at this stage of the game, I could no more consider a century than come up with the right 6 numbers for tomorrows lotto, :).
South of youscary slow
Oct 16, 2002 6:20 AM
My dad rides with a group down there called the Coastal Cruisers. You should look them up if you feel like riding with a group on occasion. It is an older group of folks who are very socialable and are always on the lookout for new members. Most bike shops in the area have their ride schedule posted. Rides average between 25-40 miles and on many occasions include a stop for food somewhere along the way...I think their motto is "ride too eat". If you want some more info feel free to e-mail me at
re: Cassette and gearing for Florida, IT'S THE WINDroadcyclist
Oct 15, 2002 4:47 PM
I ride a 39/53, 13-26 10 speed. Southeast Fl. (Ft. Laud. area). I NEVER use the 26, RARELY use the 23, but it's nice to have bailout gears if and when they become neccessary.
Go for the 39 and the 25 (imho).