I have done a lot of touring and am not a novice. I did a 3150 mile tour last year and two tours this year totalling a bit over 1000 miles. The gearing on my old touring bike is 44/32/22 with an 11-34 cassette with 700c tires. I like this gearing. I debated posting this on this forum or the Touring forum but this one seems to be the best for this question.
I recently purchased a 62cm Surly Long Haul Trucker complete touring bike. It came with 48/36/26 chainrings with an 11-34 cassette. I want to lower the gearing to the gearing on my old touring bike.
Which of the three choices would be better. The current cranks have a standard bottom bracket.
1. Replace the cranks with the new style cranks with the built in bottom bracket, say maybe Shimano LX.
2. Replace the cranks with a square taper mountain bike crank like Deore.
3. I have a set of old Cannondale cranks with 42/32/22 from an old Super V900 96 model mountain bike that would fit. I don't know the quality of these cranks.
Any ideas. Thank you.