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I have a 32/20 now and was wanting something easier for climbing, what could I use? I think my gear inch is 64.3 if that makes a differance:confused:
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That's already a pretty low gearing. Even on a 29er that's 46 or so gear inches. IMO, any lower and it's going to be miserable to ride on anything other than a very steep climb. Unless you plan to stop at the bottom of every climb and swap the chain over to the other ring and swap it back at the top, but that really defeats the whole SS thing.
 

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Cool, I have not even rode this gear combo yet, don't get the gears till the weekend and use just wondering. Now I might have to start thinking about something higher:thumbsup:
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What kind of terrain are you riding? Steep hills, tons of flats, tons of climbing.
32x20 is basically the standard gearing here in colorado where there are lots of steep climbs.
32x18 is great if you ride quick short hills and some flatter terrain
 

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Unless you're riding a 49er, 32/20 combo does not give you 64.3 gear inches. (nobody check my math--just making a point.)

There are some steep trails that I sometimes ride and usually drop down in the low 40's GI. That's 33/32 x 22.

So basically, to get lower gearing to aid in climbs, get bigger cogs or smaller chainrings. Press rewind if I haven't blown your mind.

EDIT: I'd officially like to cast in my vote to start a "dingle" subforum. Where all the dingle dorks can mingle, dingling their dongle.
 

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I ride steep, long climbs with my FS bike and was wanting to take my SS on them. I built the SS for a rails to trails path that is 37 miles long with gentle climbs. And I got the 46.3 from Sheldon Browns site
 

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p nut said:
Unless you're riding a 49er, 32/20 combo does not give you 64.3 gear inches. (nobody check my math--just making a point.)

There are some steep trails that I sometimes ride and usually drop down in the low 40's GI. That's 33/32 x 22.

So basically, to get lower gearing to aid in climbs, get bigger cogs or smaller chainrings. Press rewind if I haven't blown your mind.

EDIT: I'd officially like to cast in my vote to start a "dingle" subforum. Where all the dingle dorks can mingle, dingling their dongle.
Point made; but what does this post have to do with a dingle anyway?
 

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Point made; but what does this post have to do with a dingle anyway?
Two things:

1) Gear down rather than going dingle since he's already at a low 32/20 anyway. Setting up a dinkle at 32/22 is stupid.

2) Dingle guys never get laid.
 

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p nut said:
Two things:

1) Gear down rather than going dingle since he's already at a low 32/20 anyway. Setting up a dinkle at 32/22 is stupid.
A dingle for 32:20 would be 30:22; not really sure how stupid it would be, but it would be a very low gear.

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2) Dingle guys never get laid.
That's only if you dingle all the time; something that needs to be avoided for obvious reasons.
 

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JoeV- I'm not sure if you want a dingle or just more time on a SS... Give the 32x20 a run for a month and then get back to us...

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2.) Dingle guys never get laid.
They also never get syphilis.
 

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Will do, like I said, I havn't even rode it yet, just put my Fuel in that gearing and didn't like the steep hills and bailed to a smaller front gear
 

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A dingle for 32:20 would be 30:22; not really sure how stupid it would be, but it would be a very low gear.
I'm not fluent in dinglese, but doesn't two cogs also count as a dingle? Should he able to run 20 and 22 without having to mess with the chain.

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They also never get syphilis.
Don't remind me.
 

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I'm not fluent in dinglese, but doesn't two cogs also count as a dingle? Should he able to run 20 and 22 without having to mess with the chain.
A true dingle involves changing the gear ratio without changing the tooth count. This allows you to manually change your gear ratio without having to mess with your brake adjustment. Also, if you are running a tensioner, unless you have a Melvin, it is doubtful it would be able to handle more than 1 tooth difference.
 

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Joe V said:
Will do, like I said, I havn't even rode it yet, just put my Fuel in that gearing and didn't like the steep hills and bailed to a smaller front gear
I'll await the report.

Not sure that you have a dingle at this point. What sort of bike do you have?
 

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Ok, I think 32x20 is a good place to start. I'd probably use that ratio if I were on a 29er.

If you find you need a lower gear- 32x22, things will get interesting. A 22t cog is an expensive experiment. They are hard to find, so you'll have go away from a cheapo stamped cog. However, with your dropouts you ought to be able to swing a 2t difference in cogs without greatly effecting brake performance. I know, because I've done it on the 26" version...
 

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I will when it's built. It's all in pieces now, only thing stock is the frame:thumbsup:
 
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