Gear Ratio Question. 44/16 versus 41/18
I've decided to start riding a bike again after over a decade off. Back in the day I always rode a 20 inch BMX bike with the classic 44/16 (2.75) gear ratio. I'm planning on getting a 24 inch BMX cruiser this time though since I think I'm a bit too old for a 20 inch these days. I already considered a mountian bike or other multi-geared bike, but I don't like them so a cruiser it is.
Anyway, I noticed the cruiser I plan to get has a 41/18 (2.27) gear ratio. How will this compare to the 44/16 gear ratio of the 20 inch bikes I used to ride? Will it be about the same? Does the extra 4 inches of wheel on the cruiser make up for it? And oh yeah, the cruiser has 175mm crank arms.
Thanks for any info.
Last edited by Rick540; 03-21-09 at 12:32 AM.