What gears do you have on your bike?

jd843jd843 Posts: 79
edited 1 August in Women's cycling forum
Just curious to see what gears people are using on their road bikes. I currently have a compact chainset and 11-28, but am about to switch to 11-34 as I struggle on the steeper hills!

What's the biggest cog in your cassette? 38 votes

28
42% 16 votes
30
10% 4 votes
32
23% 9 votes
34
5% 2 votes
Something else
18% 7 votes

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  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,286
    I currently have a 32t cassette on my best bike. However it also has a triple chainset so my lowest gear is 30/32 :D

    The winter hack has a 46/36 CX chainset, but I've just bought it a 9 spd MTB rear mech and 36t cassette to a achieve a similarly spinny bottom gear.

    In my defence I'm getting on a bit now...
  • singletonsingleton Posts: 1,457
    I've just switched out my cassette - going from a 25 biggest to a 28 biggest.
    Chainset is a 52/36
  • lesfirthlesfirth Posts: 894
    One bike has 50/34 with 11/32 and the other bike has 50/34 with 11/36. I am allowed to have big cogs because I am an old git and it is hilly around here.
  • monkimarkmonkimark Posts: 671
    I recently swapped a 12-25 for a 11-28 and strangely, it doesn't feel any easier, I'm just more tempted to stay seated for longer on steep sections.
  • bigmitch41bigmitch41 Posts: 689
    52/36 c/r and an 11/28 cassette I have on the road bike.
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  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 2,097
    Both bikes have 50/34 and 11/32.
  • awaveyawavey Posts: 2,119
    yes both my bikes are 50/34 11/32
  • 52/36 and 11-32 . . .
    Got a place in the Pyrenees.
    Do bike and ski stuff.
  • OnTheRopesOnTheRopes Posts: 460
    Just curious as to why what appear to be men are posting what gears they use on a women's forum?
  • bigmitch41bigmitch41 Posts: 689
    OnTheRopes wrote:
    Just curious as to why what appear to be men are posting what gears they use on a women's forum?

    Didn't notice it was in the Womans forum :lol:
    Paracyclist
    @Bigmitch_racing
    2010 Specialized Tricross (commuter)
    2014 Whyte T129-S
    2016 Specialized Tarmac Ultegra Di2
    Big Mitch - YouTube
  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,286
    Mansplaining?

    I think my contribution is valid; I get overtaken by women all the time.
  • dannbodgedannbodge Posts: 705
    I've just built a new bike up for my wife and she uses 50/34 and 11/32
  • ErrecaldiaErrecaldia Posts: 39
    11-32 cassette and 52 - 36 chain ring. Not really a low enough gear, there are 20% slopes around here and I cannot go very far without a fair amount of 10 or 15% but if I change it the ratios, I lose the top gear which I cherish. I'm a young 56 and cycling with 2 herniated lumbar discs and spinal stenosis. Managed 40km, 400m climb this afternoon at 37° and humid with it. Generally, I like to do about 60km and 800m climb to get into my beloved mountains (I live in the Pyrenees) which i manage a couple of times a week.
  • pilot_petepilot_pete Posts: 1,759
    Errecaldia wrote:
    11-32 cassette and 52 - 36 chain ring. Not really a low enough gear, there are 20% slopes around here and I cannot go very far without a fair amount of 10 or 15% but if I change it the ratios, I lose the top gear which I cherish. I'm a young 56 and cycling with 2 herniated lumbar discs and spinal stenosis. Managed 40km, 400m climb this afternoon at 37° and humid with it. Generally, I like to do about 60km and 800m climb to get into my beloved mountains (I live in the Pyrenees) which i manage a couple of times a week.

    Doesn’t sound like a lot of climbing for distance in the Pyrenees?
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