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If you're asking about gearing, I typically like to run something like a 42x18/44x19. Maybe thats kinda steep for some, but its low enough I can still sprint up short climbs and high enough that I don't lose too much on the road sections.
I've been thinking of going from 42x16 to 42x18. I think that's about a 12.5% change or something. But, I kinda feel like the road and downhill sections are good spots for me to make up time lost with sloppy barriers, so I'd hate to spin out with the 18. Maybe that wouldn't happen, but I haven't ridden enough with the two to really know what the trade-offs would be.
Unless the course is super flat and super hard(ie: not spongy like last weekend), I'm not sure I'd run much higher gears. You have to remember that you will wear down as the race goes. I'd bring a 16,17,18T with you, preride with the 17 and adjust accordingly.
Good advice and I'll take it. Guess it's time I learned to swap 'em in and out on my own. (yes, it's true, been lettin' the shop do it for me)
I'm going to throw down the big bad 34x18! Yea, thats right! If I spin out that gear I'll be going way to fast for a beer handup.
:) sounds like u have a solid plan for a good time, Rob.
You can push 42X17 all day long. It's just mind over matter....and lots of old style.Are you running 175 cranks with a 700*32 tire?I would try riding 42X16 everywhere you go until the night before the race and then see what you think.
That's what I've been doin' -- at least when I ride the Waterford -- but I recently swapped it for 42/17 and I think I'll go 42/18 for everyday use just to improve the spin. I think, could be wrong, that making a habit of spinnin fast maintains even when you go to a stiffer gear and then u get big gains in speed. I don't know tho.
Running a "harder" gear will develope your uber crusher muscles.Crush-RRRRR!!!!!Can't wait to see the race.
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