Cycling to Work!

Discussion in 'Commuting and Road Safety' started by Hiteshthakar, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. Hiteshthakar

    Hiteshthakar New Member

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    I’ve just moved to a new office which is 5 km from my place in Colaba,
    Bombay and I’ve decided to experiment with cycling to work. It seems
    like the perfect way to fit exercise into my busy day. I’m buying a hybrid
    bike and I’ve narrowed it down to the Schwinn Sporterra Sport and the
    Cannondale Quick 5. Any suggestions?
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  2. slowfoot

    slowfoot New Member

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    i wish i was that close to work!
    i have an 11 mile commute and at 0600 it's not a pretty thought.
    i bought a fisher kaitai - a 29'er for the road crap and a front shock. strap on fenders and a fanny pack round it out for me.

    it is a great ride and yet i can generate good speeds .
    i love to use it except for the fear of it getting stolen

    look at this class bike.

    dave
     
  3. Yojimbo_

    Yojimbo_ Well-Known Member

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    I think you're posting in the wrong forum.
     
  4. cyberlegend1994

    cyberlegend1994 Moderator

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    Moved.
     
  5. widgetr

    widgetr New Member

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    I am looking to change out the rear cog if I get this bike it is a 50/34T and has a 11-23T
    can it be done? what could I put on it
     
  6. steve

    steve Administrator
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    11-25 would give you a good spreed of gears.
     
  7. swampy1970

    swampy1970 Well-Known Member

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    Yes it can - all you need is a cassette removal tool and a chain 'whip'. A torque wrench is a 'nice to have' for tightening up the lock ring afterwards.
     
    Of course, the first question is - why do you want to change it out?
     
    I'd argue that you probably don't need an 11 tooth top gear, 50x12 is plenty unless you're racing and that race includes a nice downhill. Instead of having a 11,12,13... you'd be better off with a 12,13 and using that other cog in the middle for a 17,18,19 rather than a 16,17,19 if you're not in need of a lower climbing gear, or at the end if the hills are a bit too steep for you.
     
  8. rparedes

    rparedes New Member

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    Would you tell us what you want to do? more climbing gears? more mid range gears?
     
  9. alfeng

    alfeng Well-Known Member

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    If you want to use your current chain, as is, the largest cog you can use in conjunction with a 34t chainring would be a 27t ... this presumes the chain is currently the optimum length.
     
    Otherwise, the limitation is your budget -- you can install a MTB rear derailleur & an 11-32 or 11-34 Cassette + a new chain.
     
  10. Eichers

    Eichers New Member

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    Hi widgetr, with a 50/34 compact crank you could simply get one of the new Shimano 105 11-28T cassettes, install it as swampy1970 suggested, probably need to add a couple more chain links, then adjust the upper setting and probably cable tension ... all done /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif Even better, ask them to change it over and fit and adjust it when you buy the bike?
     
    FYI ... an 11-28 cassette with a 50/34 crank is approx equivalent to a 12-34 cassette with a 53/39 crank.
     
    or
     
    You could do what alfeng suggested, which will give you lots of high climbing capability /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif
     
     
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