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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteS View Post
    Obviously I would not entertain only having one bike...
    Would anybody?
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    Iím now hooked and can foresee a mountain bike on the horizon at some point

    On the pedal front I soon ditched the toe clips and pedals that came with the bike but Iím not a fan of cycling booties and now have spiked mtb pedals. Those combined with soft soled Adidas five ten trainers and Iím well happy with my pedal grip. I just have to stop snagging my calves on the bastards whenever I get off to open a gate

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    I use the spiky pedals and trainers on my gravel bike, I do feel very confident in them especially when on the rough trails up here (which are more like MTB riding in places). When my new road bike arrives I shall have to purchase some proper cycling clogs and give them a go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fellbeast View Post
    It¬ís a bit of an over simplification but I tend to use my big front cog most of the time on tarmac and the little front cog most of the time off-roading. There again on some of the climbs around here, I use the lowest combination at some point on the hill all of the time. And yep my chain is absolutely at it straightest at that point 😊
    That's a good strategy, although where you live I would suggest that as soon as you spot the tarmac going uphill you stick it onto the small cog. It is difficult to change to the small cog when on the climb, so it is better to change early

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfella View Post
    I'm guessing that a smaller rear wheel would be the equivalent of an additional larger cog on the back in terms of gearing.
    Correct

    It is also worth saying that reducing the tyre size significantly, (such as swapping 40mm tyres for 28s), will also noticeably lower your gears

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Correct

    It is also worth saying that reducing the tyre size significantly, (such as swapping 40mm tyres for 28s), will also noticeably lower your gears
    On tarmac, yes and probably ok for hard pack trails and gravel but you need the extra width and tread area on the more gnarly stuff. I'd go low 30s
    but you need to be a good bike handler on anything narrow on rough bridalways.

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    As if on cue...Cycling Weekly this week, apart from reviewing the medium priced £7000 Lapierre Aircode DRS 8.0 and a £299 Helmet (HEXR), has an interesting article on chain rings and sprockets.

    SRAM produces a 12 speed cassette including a 10-tooth socket and is now releasing chain rings to the public with up to 56 teeth. Because the smaller sockets are less efficient than those closer to the spokes there is a case that using a really big front ring means you can keep away from the smaller and less efficent sprockets but achieve the same ratios. It's the straight chain thing.

    It's all very interesting but given that I don't spend much time in my 50/11 I think I'll save my pennies.

    Other news is that Turbolito now produce an inner tube with a chip that sends your tyre pressure to your mobile phone - but at £41 a tube I think I can live without that as well.
    Last edited by Graham Breeze; 08-05-2021 at 07:57 PM.
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    I noticed a 58-11 at the giro today. I doubt I could even turn that over downhill....

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteS View Post
    I noticed a 58-11 at the giro today. I doubt I could even turn that over downhill....
    Yes so did I!

    But later I wondered "Did I really see that on the screen..?"
    Last edited by Graham Breeze; 08-05-2021 at 09:22 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post

    SRAM produces a 12 speed cassette including a 10-tooth socket and is now releasing chain rings to the public with up to 56 teeth.
    Presumably when you've pedalled all the way down from Greenhow to Dibble's Bridge in your 56/10 gear, you can be sure that when you hit the bridge parapet you will make a clean landing in the fields on the far side of the river.
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