Folding Bikes - Swift gear swapping?
Bikeforums.net is a forum about nothing but bikes. Our community can help you find information about hard-to-find and localized information like bicycle tours, specialties like where in your area to have your recumbent bike serviced, or what are the best bicycle tires and seats for the activities you use your bike for.
I've put quite a few miles on my Swift since I got it last week (it's an addictive bike and it's summer vacation). I've taken a couple of 20 mile runs with it already. Still no complaints. I may even try to use it for an upcoming bike tour with a 60 mile option, just for fun. I do find (as several posters have mentioned) that when climbing hills low gear is not always low enough. What options do I have as far as swapping out parts? I'm a newbie in the mechanical aspects of bikes, though I do ride quite often.
I'm not sure how many gears there are on the stock Swift, but you can put a 11-34 cassette on the back for some nice low gears without sacrificing the high ones. If the stock is 8 speed, I don't know what the availability of 11-34 8 speed cassettes are, perhaps none. 11-34 in 9 speed are readily available.
If you wanted to go with 9 speed, you would need to change the shifter to be 9 speed as well, and the chain to 9 speed version. All still assuming the stock Swift is 8 speed.
08-02-07, 08:21 AM
IIRC the stock is an 11-28. You can go up to an 11-32 without needing a chain tensioner.
If that's not low enough, start swapping out the front chainring.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.1.12 Copyright © 2013 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.