Old 03-14-2012, 09:54 PM   #16
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This might introduce a few more cross-compatibility issues if you decide to replace the cogset...

What brand of hub is it?
Suntour Vx

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Is it cassette or freewheel?
I don't know. I haven't removed it since it came into my posession last year.

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What's the tooth count on your largest cog?
the cassette is 13/32 if I counted correctly.

If this is turning into a clusterfok then I'll live with it the way it is. It's my commuter, I just can't do the steeps. I can choose other roads till I upgrade, which I plan to do anyways. Looking at the steel cross bikes with discs type of candy.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:29 PM   #17
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Good news: you've got a freewheel and not a irreplaceable Suntour cassette. Bad news: Sunrace and Shimano make cheap freewheels with a huge 34t bail-out cog, but I'm not sure if they offer versions with more even spacing across the range, and gaining just two extra teeth in the rear might not be worth the trade-off.

This is still nowhere near the potential old Suntour clusterfuck that it could have been, but your best bet at this point is probably a cheap FSA take-off compact crank from eBay or your LBS. Finance it by parting out those 144 BCD Sugino arms to a track/fixed-gear rider for $40-50, flip the rings for another $20 to someone looking to replace worn 144 BCD road rings, and you can probably get an extra $10 for Sugino-stamped chainring bolts if they're in nice shape.

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what . . . you've got 42 x 32
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Finance it by parting out those 144 BCD Sugino arms to a track/fixed-gear rider for $40-50, flip the rings for another $20 to someone looking to replace worn 144 BCD road rings, and you can probably get an extra $10 for Sugino-stamped chainring bolts if they're in nice shape.
I think you might be exaggerating the demand for those parts in today's market.
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Isn't this bike likely to have a "freewheel" block on the back? Go to MEC and grab a 28 or 30 - almost certainly more than the one you're running. I did this to solve the same problem. It was $12 at the time. If you've got friction shifting you can use any number of gears. Try our community bikes if you'd rather. They'll charge you more but you might be able to get some more appropriate rings up front.

I'd change the front and back.

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Isn't this bike likely to have a "freewheel" block on the back? Go to MEC and grab a 28 or 30 - almost certainly more than the one you're running. I did this to solve the same problem. It was $12 at the time. If you've got friction shifting you can use any number of gears. Try our community bikes if you'd rather. They'll charge you more but you might be able to get some more appropriate rings up front.

I'd change the front and back.

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I've got a 32/13 freewheel, 7 speed. Yes it's friction shifting. So as I understand it, I could go 7 or 8 speed.

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I've got a 32/13 freewheel, 7 speed. Yes it's friction shifting. So as I understand it, I could go 7 or 8 speed.
That's a good range. I expected a taller gearset - I've noticed many older "race" bikes had prairie gears. You might get lucky and score a cheap set of chain-rings @ OCB - They've got literally boxes of crap you can look through. Sports junkies by MEC has a surprising stock of weird old shit as well.
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I think you might be exaggerating the demand for those parts in today's market.
I agree that the used market isn't what it used to be, but I also wouldn't rule out being able to recoup a significant percentage of the cost of a take-off compact crankset.
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That's a good range. I expected a taller gearset - I've noticed many older "race" bikes had prairie gears. You might get lucky and score a cheap set of chain-rings @ OCB - They've got literally boxes of crap you can look through. Sports junkies by MEC has a surprising stock of weird old shit as well.
Chainring replacement options are limited to 41t by the 144mm bolt circle diameter, and unfortunately, a complete compact crank, if available, is going to list for top dollar at OCB and Sports Junkies.
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