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    Road To Touring............

    Two years ago I bought a Trek 1200 which is a great bike but not the bike I should have bought
    for what I now have in mind, which is long day rides in the mountains of South Carolina
    and North Carolina.

    Question. Can my BB be swapped out for a touring or MB BB with much lower gearing?


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    Quote Originally Posted by LastPlace
    Two years ago I bought a Trek 1200 which is a great bike but not the bike I should have bought
    for what I now have in mind, which is long day rides in the mountains of South Carolina
    and North Carolina.

    Question. Can my BB be swapped out for a touring or MB BB with much lower gearing?


    LastPlace
    Bottom bracket has nothing to do with your gearing. You already have a triple on that and most likely a 12-15 cassette. You could sneak by with a MTB cassette to give you a different gear range.

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    Touring............

    Capwater,

    Thanks. For no good reason I assumed that changing the front cassette would mean a change of BB.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LastPlace
    Capwater,

    Thanks. For no good reason I assumed that changing the front cassette would mean a change of BB.


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    There is no cassette in the front. The cassette is the cluster of gears on your rear hub. You could go with a compact up front, but your current triple crankset ought to have a wide enough range of gears.

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    I don't know what derailure that bike would have, but if it's a short cage derailure, wouldn't that not work with anything larger than about a 27 or 28 tooth cog?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattface
    I don't know what derailure that bike would have, but if it's a short cage derailure, wouldn't that not work with anything larger than about a 27 or 28 tooth cog?
    Triple will have a long cage derailler. I've seen 29s on short cages for hill climb TTs.

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    Cassette............

    capwater,

    Sorry I was being inaccurate in my choice of words. Thank you for understanding what I was trying to ask.

    I do have a 12-24 'Cassette' out back and a 30-42-52 triple
    up front.

    Basically I am trying to get lower gears because of age and injury issues and
    my desire to ride in nearby mountains.

    LastPlace

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    You running 9 speed rear? An SRAM 12-26 or Simano 12-27 cassette in the rear will do wonders for your situation.

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    Sorry I was being inaccurate in my choice of words. Thank you for understanding what I was trying to ask.
    I like this thread ,and the vintage thread, because people here will help you. I learn something here nearly every time I log in.

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    Yes, you can install a touring triple (26/36/46). Sugino makes them compatible with Shimano square taper BB spindles. You will have to shorten the chain.
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