Sunday, July 30, 2006

Wanna be trendy? Smaller is better?

As with just about everything in this world, trends come and go. Right now, the trendy BMXers are all wearing super tight (girls?!) jeans and T-shirts. Is it just for looks? Or does it actually serve a purpose? Sometimes it's hard to tell. I guess having super tight jeans means you'll never have them chewed up by your sprocket and chain...

Go back a few years and nobody was ever worried about weight. Things seemed to have changed a bit since then, and there are probably just as many weight freaks out there as your girl jeans loving rider. Someone said to me a few weeks back that he'd yet to see a Pijin bike that wasn't light... I guess that statement is probably true... As can be seen from the table below, most of us are running biscuit sized gearing... It saves weight... it's nice and small so there's loads of clearance and you don't have to worry too much about bashing your sprocket up... But is smaller better? Maybe... but the downside is that making things smaller and lighter places more stress on the components. Things will wear out or fail before their larger counter parts. There's no real answer to what's best. You decide for yourself! (I really wouldn't recommend wearing girls jeans... they hurt too much!)

Gearing T-shirtsJeans
Carlos 25-9super tightmens - tight
James 27-10tightmens
Dave28-10super tightmens - tight
Slosh28-10super super tight mens

Jake's very chewed up 25T sprocket...
Jake's chewed up 25T sprocket

Farmer Dan's 2T (originally 9T) titanium driver...
Dan's mashed up 9T ti driver

1 comment:

Mens Formal Shirts said...

I guess it is not just of loooks but it really makes it easy to ride as well..