How do you calculate the chain sprocket ratio?
The ratio in a drive system is represented in reference to the number 1. A ratio of 2 to 1 would be signified by 2:1. A ratio of 1/4 to one would be signified by .25:1.
To find the total ratio, use the equation: Ratio = (Radius of Driven Sprocket) / (Radius of Drive Sprocket)
Example: On a bicycle, the sprocket that is attached to the pedals is the drive sprocket and is 4 inches in radius. The driven sprocket at the rear wheel is 2 inches in radius. What is the total ratio?
Ratio = 2 / 4
Calculated out this drive has a .5:1 ratio. For every full revolution of the pedals, the rear wheel turns 2 revolutions.
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