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Love'n it(8 posts)

Love'n itmackgoo
Dec 21, 2003 3:05 PM
Arrived in San Clemente from MA. about a month ago. It's great out here. I have two problems that I need to work through.
1. I have an 11X21 in the rear, there are some pretty steep hills around here. I'm going to try to come up with an 11X25 or something like that. Should be relatively easy.
2. This won't be so easy. When do you guys find time to do maintanance?
Cassette availabilityIndurain 03
Dec 21, 2003 3:35 PM
To the best of my knowledge, 10 speed "sprinter" cassettes usually come in 11-21, 11-23, or 12-25, but not 11-25. You might be able to swap the 12 sprocket for an 11 if you really want the 25 at the top. If I were you I, would just go with the 12-25. An 11 sprocket is an enormous gear, even for the pros.
re: Love'n itChen2
Dec 22, 2003 9:24 AM
I can't imagine anyone short of a full time pro sprinter type needing an 11 cog, unless you have a small big ring.
A 53 X 13 is good for at least 33 mph.
descents nmDougSloan
Dec 22, 2003 10:20 AM
and low RPM riders, and tailwinds, and...and...nmJS Haiku Shop
Dec 22, 2003 10:31 AM
FYI: 85 rpm is not the universal comfort zone. nmJS Haiku Shop
Dec 22, 2003 10:37 AM
and neither is 34 mphDougSloan
Dec 22, 2003 10:58 AM
I suck at climbing, now even more than when I was in racing shape. Last weekend I went with a racing group, including a 5 time Ironman age group winner and several Cat 1's. So, I see them disappearing over the crests of hills, and I'd sure as heck like to catch up before the next flat area. Guess what? I need to push about 45 mph or so hard down the following hills to catch up. I might have done it with a 12 or 13 cog, but I did it quicker and easier in an 11. So, the worse climber you are, the more you need tall gears!

re: Love'n itmackgoo
Dec 22, 2003 11:22 AM
That's exactly why I like the 11. I like to pedal all the time, so to continue pedaling going down hill I like the 11. I find for now I can smoothly pedal up to 100-110 RPM. Just for refrance my comfort zone now is right around 90 RPM.