Gearing question

by robbohenn   April 13, 2014  

My bike came with the following set-up:
10 speed Campag. Veloce group set with compact triple ring 52/42/30 and a 12/26 cassette. I feel I'm lacking on the speed front, so what would be a suitable replacement - or do I just need to practice more!
Currently shod with Khamsins, but I have bought a pair of Zondas which need a cassette. Thought I might do everything in one go.
Thanks for your time.
p.s. I don't see many steep hills in Essex, although there are a few long ones!

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Sheldon (RIP) would have me believe that a 52/12 and 100RPM puts you at over 34 miles per hour.
How much faster are you looking to go?

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posted by don simon [538 posts]
13th April 2014 - 19:33


Even with a cadence of 80 rpm you should be doing over 27mph. I'd go with the suggestion of increasing your cadence, you knees will thank you Smile

posted by FMOAB [259 posts]
13th April 2014 - 21:59


Just spin up some more! A lot of people ride on just compacts and a 12t on the back.
If you wanted a 'cheaper option' could just buy a cassette with an 11t on instead.

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posted by glynr36 [638 posts]
14th April 2014 - 8:14

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What Rpm are you pedaling at?

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3705 posts]
14th April 2014 - 8:35

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