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figure 8 critFender
Apr 30, 2002 12:16 PM
this saturday I will be racing a crit that has a figure 8 loop, so basically its 8 corners in an 0.8 mile course. My cornering skills are not that good (accelerating out of corners) so I thought that maybe moving down to a 52 tooth front chain ring will help, mainly with accelerating. any thoughts??
maybe slightlyDougSloan
Apr 30, 2002 12:21 PM
I doubt it will matter much. Of course, any lower gearing might help accelleration, but then you can always shift to a lower gear in the rear, too.

The smaller your chainring, the smaller the gap will be between your cogs, though. So, it might help a little. I just doubt you'll notice any difference.

I'd spend the time working on cornering, instead.
re: figure 8 critbrider
Apr 30, 2002 1:45 PM
Take a flier and solo! That way you don't have to worry about the pack slowing you going into the corner.
re: figure 8 critNo_sprint
Apr 30, 2002 3:07 PM
I wouldn't imagine you'd be able to notice the difference. You might though. Personally, I wouldn't change it. That's my opinion.

You doing the Barrio race in the SD area? I like figure 8 crits as I feel my strength is technical riding and cornering. Good thing because, as my handle suggests, I've got no sprint. Anyway, Redlands and Ontario #2 were on fig 8s too. Depending on the course set up, all the turns, especially if they're tight and narrow, will tend to string out the field real quick. If you're constantly losing many places through the string of turns, you'll constantly be working hard to catch up again on the straight. I've seen plenty of people win from the back in huge field sprints though... I use my same strategies with minor tweaking.