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So, I have an 80's raleigh bike, reassembled from spare parts. I'm wondering what the best way to get more speed out of the bike is The two sure ways that work on any road bike are: Adjusting the riding position. You want to have a handlebar height and distance where you can comfortably use every riding position -- on the corners, on the hoods, on the ...


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It depends on you, the terrain, and what you want to do. For me , Being an A- or B rider depending on the club, living in a very hilly to mountainous area, I put together my own gear ratios that I ordered from a magazine (back then no internet!). I chose a range of 24-105. I was limited in the available gears and what would fit and still work. This was ...


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In contrast to Nathan, I would argue for a 50/34 crankset, usually called a compact crankset. This helps ensure that you have an easy enough gear. I would argue that objectively, amateur riders should stay away from 53/39s (sometimes called standard gearing, basically used only by professional riders these days). I am a fairly strong rider, and I find that ...


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It's a question about physiology first and hardware second. The people that really are better off with a high gear higher than you have now are some combination of pros and/or low-cadence pedal mashers. Figuring out what cadence is really right for you given adequate conditioning is one of the key questions in cycling, and one that you can read endlessly ...


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Great to hear you seeking to go faster! What you can consider first, is your cadence. Cadence is critical as is determines what kind of pedalling you do, basically aerobic or anaerobic efforts. If you are aerobically-inclined, you tend to spin at a higher cadence (probably 90RPM). If you are anaerobically-inclined, you tend to spin at a lower cadence (...


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