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Newbie Bike Tech Question
CREATED: 08/09/11 by HappyRunner REPLIES: 1
HappyRunner's ravatar HappyRunner    JOINED: 1/15/11    POSTS: 281
Newbie Bike Tech Question
POSTED: 8/09/11 6:34 PM

Kinda new to this whole bike thing, assuming that the days with a paper route on my old Schwinn don't count.

Anyway, I can achieve approximately the same gear ratio by using either the large or small front chainring, depending on what gear I select in the rear cassette.

Putting aside cross-chaining and other issues, if the gear ratio is the same, is there any advantage to being in either the large or small front chain ring?

P.S. One bonus question: do y'all leave your expensive bike computer attached to your bike in T1 while you are doing the swim?

Slick    JOINED: 10/20/09    POSTS: 5
RE: Newbie Bike Tech Question
POSTED: 8/09/11 9:12 PM

I stick with the big chainring unless I'm on hills. Its low end is capable of handling moderate inclines. If I'm in a hilly area, however, I'll drop down as necessary. And then I'll leave it on the small ring until I get back to the flats (or I want to speed down a hill).

As for the bike computer, yes, I leave it on the bike during the tri. I figure it's not the most expensive piece of equipment out there, so if somebody wanted to steal something valuable out there, my bike computer would not be the first target...

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