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  1. #1
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    May 2012
    central NY

    Comparing the gears on two bikes

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    I'm looking at two bikes now, both described as straight bar road bikes.

    Bike #1: crank 50/39/30, cassette 12-27.

    Bike #2: crank 48/36/26, cassette 11-32.

    What do you see when you look at these combinations? Is bike #1 geared much higher than #2? I like the lower options on #2, as long as it's not too low. I don't ride for speed, but I occasionally need to keep up with a friend of mine

    Otherwise, the bikes are very similar and I need a tie-breaker.

  2. #2
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    Aug 2005
    This will spit out more data than you need: http://sheldonbrown.com/gears/
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Figure out what gear you are most likely to ride on the flats. If that falls on the middle chainring and in the middle of the cassette, I think you are better off. That way you can shift with only your rear derailleur on mild rolling hills without hitting cross-over gears and shifting your front derailleur constantly (which required an almost-simultaneous shift of the rear derailleur to make a small gearing step).
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  4. #4
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    May 2008
    northern Virginia
    Quote Originally Posted by Blueberry View Post
    This will spit out more data than you need: http://sheldonbrown.com/gears/

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