Granny gear for Invacare Top End Excelerator XLT
I did an advanced Google search (the search function on most forums is worse than useless) with the term
"Top End Excelerator XLT"
and the domain
Adaptive Cycling: Handcycles, Amputee Adaptation, Visual Impairment, and Other Needs - Bike Forums
Only one very general, hello type post appeared. So I concluded that either I am in the wrong sub-forum or there is very little interest in one of the more popular hand cycles. But I'll try my question anyway.
All my life I've used a bicycle for transportation, recreation, and long distance touring. Now, at 75, my legs have given out; and I know how the typical senior citizen feels when their car keys are taken from them: life is over as they once knew it. But then I discovered hand cycling, specifically the Invacare Top End Excelerator XLT; and I am on the road again.
The problem is that the 7 speed internal hub gearing is to high for me. In normal riding I never get above third gear. Even small hills are difficult. I got to thinking that a smaller chain ring (a single crank granny gear) might be what I need. That way I would have a lower gear for hills and might get up to 5th gear on the flats. Does anyone have any advice or links to advice on how to go about making the change. The crank on the Top End Excelerator XLT seems to be a standard cotterless crank.
I live in a small town and I doubt the LBS has ever seen a hand cycle.