- Why does the big ring feel better?
I've never known why, but riding in the big ring always feels better to me. It feel less flexy (?) and more direct. I've long suspected this is purely psychological – but is it? When all the "no need for a big chainring" types start arguing on here I always think of how rubbish it'd feel. Am I imagining things? I probably ride 75% on road, but ride offroad a lot, without fail I always wear the big ring out fastest…Posted 10 years ago
Why does the big ring feel better?
You are in soooo much trouble. 😯Posted 10 years ago
without fail I always wear the big ring out fastest…
Bloody hell, I wear out middles but thats it…Posted 10 years ago
I know, I was going to add that to the tags – "why do I like it in my big ring"? 🙂Posted 10 years ago
I probably ride 75% on road,
Buy a CX bike then.Posted 10 years ago
There is a hill at Cannock, its something i use as a challenge, stick the gears into the big ring and sprint up the hill, my mates hate it as one minute im there next gone. This is the only time i use the big ring, i have thought about ditching it for a double and a bash and i suppose if you only ride trail centers or downhill it could be done, but having the extra gear is always handy!Posted 10 years ago
Why would I buy a CX bike when I want a mountain bike? I'm a mountain biker, it's just that I happen to ride to where I go offroad, and I commute (partly offroad). Thanks anyway.Posted 10 years ago
Big ring is more efficient, I forget where I've seen data on it, but the same gear in granny ring/bottom of block compared to big ring/top of block is more efficient. So it's not just you.Posted 10 years ago
I agree, and the big ring feels better on my road bike as well. Smoother somehow, even for the same ratio. Less chain slack maybe?Posted 10 years ago
Your father would be ashamed!
Of course, it's the little rings that interest the police, shamone…
😀Posted 10 years ago
Buy a CX bike then
neither fish not foul. 🙄Posted 10 years ago
Smoother somehow, even for the same ratio
Yeah, that's what I was thinking…Posted 10 years ago
Why would I buy a CX bike when I want a mountain bike? I'm a mountain biker, it's just that I happen to ride to where I go offroad, and I commute (partly offroad). Thanks anyway.
Only 25% off road though?
Ah well whatever suits I guess.Posted 10 years ago
I've always thought that it may be something to do with more chain being 'on the ring' but that's probably just one of those riding :facts: that isn't 😉Posted 10 years ago
I like to be able to go offroad if I want to, and I mean proper rocky get a puncture on a 'cross bike offroad, or extend the route home to Stainburn or whatever. FWIW I raced 'cross for 7 years so am pretty familiar with 'cross bikes. Anyway, I was asking about the phenomena described!Posted 10 years ago
its cos the chain is less slack
when I'm riding my hardtail over a flatish fast peddaly bit – which is also bumpy enough for me to want to get out of the saddle, I put it in the big ring. when I leave it in the middle ring I can feel the chain slapping about and its harder to pedal in smooth circles, you can feel the tension in the chain coming and going as the chain bounces about
if you don't have a big ring its not an issue as your chain will be shorter anywayPosted 10 years ago
Big ring – hee heePosted 10 years ago
njee20 I got asked once wether there was a mechanical advantage to being in the big ring rather than the equivilent middle and rear combination, but wasnt clever enough to work it out, my theory was the leverage was the same as the BB is the fulcrum and the pedal arm length the leverage, so my guess was there wasnt a mechanical advantage, discounting drag and flex in a ring.
Would be quite interested to find the truth though..Posted 10 years ago
The big ring feels better because:
1. you're normally going faster!Posted 10 years ago
2. It's more efficient (the chain turns less)
3. Stomping on a hard gear usually feels good even if it doesn't make you go faster
4. It's the BIG RING! GRRRR!!! 🙂
It's more efficient (the chain turns less)
Crap chain line notwithstanding. 🙂Posted 10 years ago
Think there is a psychological association between the big ring and speed, as in the days before double and bash became widespread, the big ring tended to be used to stop the chain flapping about on gnarly descents.Posted 10 years ago
😉Posted 10 years ago
Just remembered another one
5. Because shifting into the big ring summons the mighty power of DER KAISER/BIG JAN and makes you go 11.4% faster!Posted 10 years ago
Only if riding uphill (substitute sausages for power bars for maximum effect). Downhill it's Tomac/JMC/Myles Rockwell/whoever captured people's imaginations back in the days that DH courses used to be fire roads. 😉Posted 10 years ago
LOL at No. 5. We used to refer to shifting to the large chainring as 'sticking it in the Abdou'! We were idiots obviously.Posted 10 years ago
At least no-one's said they prefer the granny ring 😯Posted 10 years ago
It's simple. The big ring has 37.5% more win than the middle ring.Posted 10 years ago
Because the chain is spread over more teeth it is more efficient mechanically, it runs smoother because there is less tension on the chain for a given ratio and power input. This is quite noticeable (IME) when using different cog/ring combinations to get the same ratio on a singlespeed. eg, I have a 38/22 in preference to 32/18Posted 10 years ago
It's a little known fact that Jan Ullrich actually won the TdF on a singlespeed – 53×11. He rode the whole race in that one gear and the mechs were locked down to avoid any shifting unpleasantness. Leaving the other chainring/sprockets on was just to keep the sponsors happy.Posted 10 years ago
So Hilldodger and Sam have provided my favourite answer so far. Seems reasonable to me!Posted 10 years ago
Sam if it wasnt for you coming in 2nd last night and owning a bike company I would argue with you..
Yeah I am a stalker. 🙂Posted 10 years ago
What about the benefits of spinning?Posted 10 years ago
What about the benefits of spinning?
What sitting in a gym behind hot sweaty girls in lycra? That is beneficial.
Oh, I see what you mean. Using the big ring and spinning are not mutually exclusive!Posted 10 years ago
He rode the whole race in that one gear and the mechs were locked down to avoid any shifting unpleasantness.
Wasn't that more to do with Jan's insistence that the mechanical support crew be jettisoned that year in favour of a crack team of Black Forest Gateaux chefs?Posted 10 years ago
That too. And frankly, who can blame him. Schwarzwald Kirschtorte rules!Posted 10 years ago
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