# Gear Trains - Bicycle Gearing Calculator

## Gear train transmission - bicycle gearing

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A simple gear can change magnitude and line of action of an effort force.

The effort force is applied to the "driver" and the load is applied to the "follower".

### Transmission Ratio

Transmission - or movement - ratio can be expressed as

μ_{M}= n_{D}/ n_{F}= t_{F}/ t_{D}(1)

where

μ_{M}= movement ratio

n_{D}= revolutions of driver (rpm)

n_{F}= revolutions of follower (rpm)

t_{F}= number of teeth on follower

t_{D }= number of teeth on driver

When the same direction of rotation is required for the driver and the follower, an **idler wheel **is used.

The **movement ratio** for a gear with an idler wheel can be expressed as

μ_{M}= n_{D}/ n_{F}= (t_{I}/ t_{D}) (t_{F}/ t_{I}) = t_{F }/ t_{D}(2)

where

t_{I}= number of teeth on idler

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### Typical Gear Ratios

Typical gear ratios for different types of gear sets are indicated below.

Type of Gear set | Typical Gear Ratios | |
---|---|---|

Min | Max | |

Spur gear, external | 1 : 1 | 5 : 1 |

Spur gear, internal | 1.5 : 1 | 7 : 1 |

Helical gear, external | 1 : 1 | 10 : 1 |

Helical gear, internal | 1.5 : 1 | 10 : 1 |

Straight bevel gear | 1 : 1 | 8 : 1 |

Spiral bevel gear | 1 : 1 | 8 : 1 |

Epicyclic planetary gear | 3 : 1 | 12 : 1 |

Epicyclic star gear | 2 : 1 | 11 : 1 |

### Bicycle Gearing

The revolutions of a bicycle wheel when pedaling can be calculated by transforming *(2)*:

*n _{F} = n_{D} t_{D} / t_{F } (3)_{}*

*where *

*n _{F} = revolutions of the bicycle wheel (rpm)*

*n _{D} = revolutions of the pedaling (rpm)*

*t _{D}* =

*number of teeth*in the pedaling sprocket

*t _{F} = number of teeth in wheel sprocket_{ }*

The distance traveled by the wheel can be calculated by multiplying wheel revolutions with wheel circumference:

*l = c n _{F} *

* = c n _{D} t_{D} / t_{F } *

* = π d n_{D} t_{D} / t_{F }(3b)*

*where *

*l = outer wheel traveled length or distance (m, in)*

*c = outer wheel circumference (m, in)*

*d = outer wheel diameter (m, in)*

### Example - Bicycle Gear

A mountain bike with *26 inch* outer diameter wheels has a *42/34/24T* chainset and a 7-speed *14-34* cassette in the rear wheel.

The outer circumference of the wheel can be calculated as

*c = π (26 in)*

* = 81.7 in*

The distance traveled by the wheel in the lowest gear - for one pedaling revolution - using the smallest sprocket in the chainset *(24T)* and the largest sprocket in the cassette *(34T)* - can be calculated using *(3b)* as

*l = (1) (81.6 in) (24) / (34) *

* = 57.7 in*

The distance traveled by the wheel in the highest gear - for one pedaling revolution - using the largest sprocket in the chainset *(42T)* and the smallest sprocket in the cassette *(14T)* - can be calculated as

*l = (1) (81.6 in) (42) / (14) *

* = 244.8 in*

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