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Besides the ample info in RULES - what are some general rules on the front sprockets - usually when we do distance days we stay on the small sprocket - real training days - all out pain the big one - any thoughts ?
 

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I don't think there are any real rules on that. You might consider the cadence or your ride vs what chainring you are using. Ride what feels comfortable and youll know what to do whe the time comes.
 

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The general rule is to use the one that suits your needs the best.
 

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Many newbies and experienced riders use the big ring all the time and they end up riding in the big ring and the biggest cog a lot of the time, which is the worst gear combination for drivetrain wear.

I'd suggest using the small ring for speeds up to about 18mph, save the big ring for faster speeds. Avoid cross gears, big to big and small to small.
 

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If your bike has a trim feature on the front derailleur then you can use more of the gears from the front chain ring with out rubbing. You may still put some flex on the chain though.
 

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I forgot to mention I use mostly cadence with 85-105 at all times

Got that from a competitive rider to save knees and for better training
 

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I forgot to mention I use mostly cadence with 85-105 at all times

Got that from a competitive rider to save knees and for better training
Yup. that's pretty good! I feel best around 100 but that is hard to maintian!
 

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bikertank said:
I forgot to mention I use mostly cadence with 85-105 at all times

Got that from a competitive rider to save knees and for better training
That is very good.
 

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Speaking of sprockets, and this may be a little off topic, has anyone used or downloaded Bike Gear Calculator? It's a really neat app for the iPhone that shows your gear ratio. It has two sliders, one for speed and one for cadence and changing either of them will display the results of the other for the selected gear ratio. There is a free version and a paid version which has a lot more features.

Just thought I would mention it for you iPhone guys to check out. I don't know if it is available for Android based phones.
 

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I have it on my Ipod touch. . .

Makes me want to see about all of those skid patches. . . .
The only thing I found that I don't like about the free version is that on the iPhone, it doesn't save any of the settings you enter for wheel and crank size. It also doesn't save the last chainring and sprocket settings. I'll spring for the paid version if it saves the settings.
 

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"Now's the time on shprockets when we daunce!"
 

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I paid for it and mine saves, but not sure if it is in settings?
I emailed the developer and he said the paid version saves, so I updated the app. I really like the extra features. An excellent cycling app for $1.99.
 
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