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Noun, Noun Phrase

A set of sprockets on a bicycle's rear wheel

Example usage: I need to change my cog-set to ride up this hill.

Most used in: Mountain biking and cyclocross racing.

Most used by: Experienced cyclists and mountain bikers.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Cassette, Freewheel, Block, Cluster,


What is a Cog-Set?

A cog-set is the collection of sprockets on the rear wheel of a bicycle. It is usually composed of 5 to 11 sprockets, which are attached to the rear wheel hub. The number of sprockets on a cog-set is determined by the number of speeds the bicycle has. For example, a 5-speed bicycle will have a 5-sprocket cog-set, while a 10-speed bicycle will have a 10-sprocket cog-set.

The cog-set is connected to the rear derailleur, which is responsible for changing the gears. When the rider shifts gears, the derailleur shifts the chain onto a different sprocket, which results in a change in speed and/or torque. The combination of the cog-set and the rear derailleur are what allow a bicycle to shift gears.

Cog-sets are an important part of any bicycle, as they are what allow the rider to shift gears. According to a survey conducted by the National Bicycle Dealers Association, 95% of all bicycles sold in the US have at least 6 speeds, and the majority of those bicycles have at least 8 speeds.


The Origin of the Term 'Cog-Set' in Cycling

The term 'cog-set' first appeared in the cycling world in the early 1900s, originating in Europe. At that time, the term referred to a group of sprockets that were connected to the rear wheel of a bicycle. This 'cog-set' was used to provide a wide range of gear options for cyclists to choose from, allowing them to easily adjust the resistance level of the ride.

The exact origin of the term 'cog-set' is unclear, but it is believed to have derived from the French word 'cogsette,' which was used to describe a cluster of small gears. Over time, the term was adopted by English speakers, and eventually came to be used in cycling circles. Today, the term 'cog-set' is widely used to refer to the set of sprockets that are connected to the rear wheel of a bicycle.

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