New to this forum, have a beach cruiser that was given to me several years ago, have been riding the hell out of it (6600 miles total and about 2600 per year). Finally needed to change out the rear rim (lots of broken spokes) didn't pay attention to the teeth count of the cog on the new but used rim.
Now I'm not liking riding it so much.
1) Are they easy to change,
2) Are they rim/brand specfic or
3) Do I just look for another rim with the cog I need?
4) Teeth count suggestions for my riding style (illustrated below) front/rear
History- Front is 44, rear old cog was 13, my new one is 16. Don't like it because my speeds have dropped dramatically and my cadence is up dramatically. While the 13 was great, I'm thinking a 14 might be better. I do like the 16 on hills and against the wind but for flat out hammering it really sucks. I like to get out there and hang with road bike guys and the 16 is way too slow and I'm redlining my heart rate below 20 mph! Like to roll 17-20 at a comfortable cadence which the 13 provided.
Love this bike and I do everything on it from commuting to work to using it for exercise/recreation on hills, fast flats and long distances (30-50 mainly with rides here and there of 80-100). At the moment I prefer to keep it SS.
3G Venice model, no idea what year and what is original on the bike other than the handlebars.