New Post Series: Cycling Explained in 280 Characters or Less #N280

New Post Series: Cycling Explained in 280 Characters or Less #N280

Cycling Explained in 280 Characters or Less

This blog series is dedicated to explaining the technical aspects of our cycling and cycling gear in the simplest, clearest, and most concise way possible. So get ready to polish up on your bike knowledge or learn something new about your ride or even yourself in 280 characters or less!

Bicycle Gearing (#N280 No.1)

I’ve been riding bikes for awhile now. All sorts of bikes – mountain bikes, downhill bikes, road bikes, and cruiser bikes. Here is what I wish would have been explained to me about bicycle gearing a long, long time ago. I hope you find this first of many #N280s (complex biking stuff explained in 280 characters or less) both fun and informative.  Let’s get on with it… It’s bicycle gearing trivia time!

What’s a 10-Speed Bicycle Refer To?

A bike crank is connected to 1, 2, or 3 chain rings in the front and any number of cogs on a hub on the rear wheel. An 18-speed bike has 2 chain rings in the front and 9 cogs (aka sprockets) in the rear (2 x 9 = 18).

A 10-Speed can refer to a either a bike with 1 chain ring in the front and 10 cogs in the rear (1 x 10 = 10) or a bike with two chain rings in the front and 5 cogs in the rear (2 x 5 = 10).

What Do Gear Ratios Refer To?

Gear ratios indicate the number of wheel rotations with each full pedal stroke. A 1:1 gear ratio equals one full wheel rotation to one full pedal rotation. A 2:1 ratio equates to two full wheel rotations for every one full pedal rotation. A two to one gear ratio would consist of a 22-toothed rear cog and a 44-toothed front chain ring. This results in two wheel rotations for every one full pedal stroke or a 2 to 1 gear ratio (2:1).

Gears on a Road Bike

Standard gearing consists of two chain rings attached to the cranks and pedals. Standard chain rings have a 53-tooth big ring and a 39-tooth small ring. Compact gearing consists of a 50-tooth big ring and a 34-tooth small ring and makes it easier to pedal up steep inclines.

Gears on a Mountain Bike

Standard mountain bike gearing consists of three chain rings with 44/32/22 teeth on each ring and any number of teeth on the rear cassette ranging from 11 to 32. The term “1 by 11” or “one by” refers to one chain ring in the front and 11 cogs on the rear wheel (aka cassette).

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I hope you enjoyed this first installment of #N280. Follow thecyclr on Twitter for more regular updates on cycling stuff explained in 280 characters or less.

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2 Replies to “New Post Series: Cycling Explained in 280 Characters or Less #N280”

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    1. Jan,

      Nice work on your blog! And thank you for the positive feedback on thecyclr.com as well.

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      Dave
      thecyclr.com

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