While I definitely am not adept at gear ratios etc, I know that several pros ride a 55T chainring for TTs.wim said:Never heard of "TT training rings" or "training rings," for that matter. Generally, it's best to train with what you race—specificity rules.
For what it's worth, the 56/44 combo was often used by TT riders who were riding 650 wheels. 56 x 12 with 650s = 115 gear inches, which is roughly equivalent to a 53 x 12 with 700s.
Oh yes, some pros ride huge rings in their TTs, always have. I remember many years ago how someone had it on good authority that Merckx won all his time trials with a 55 or 56 ring. Impressionable youths that we were, a lot of us ran out and bought huge rings with which to time trial. Waste of money for us amateurs, LOLuzziefly said:While I definitely am not adept at gear ratios etc, I know that several pros ride a 55T chainring for TTs.
Then again, those guys are nuts. I can't even spin a 53-13 on a normal flat road!!
Unless you have been able to spin out your current biggest gear, then getting a bigger gear will not help you with maximizing effort.SlaminSam said:I do not race and was looking at it from doing something harder to maximize my effort, but it does not sound like it would be that beneficial.
thats your opinion rather than how it is though.Kerry Irons said:Unless you have been able to spin out your current biggest gear, then getting a bigger gear will not help you with maximizing effort.
Please clarify. I can't really understand what you are trying to say. Why would somebody "have to push more to keep on the Big ring" in a lower gear? Non compos mentis.muscleendurance said:thats your opinion rather than how it is though.
think of on the lower gears? he'll have to push more to keep on the Big ring.
it really is amazing what some people think is logical and correct ...muscleendurance said:why not? If you try it and it works for you, do it!
more effort needed to push that big ring, so when on race bike you'll be quicker!