Due to some shoulder and arm issues I have switched from commuting on a road bike to a Cannondale M500 with slick tires. I absolutely love the fit/ride of the bike (more than the road bike).
The only thing that I miss about the road bike is the bigger gears. I spend most of my commute in the top gear and am constantly wishing that I had more gears on the top end. I took the M500 in for a tune up and at the same time switched from a 42t to 44t front chainring. I do notice the change, but it is definitely not enough.
The mechanic said that he would not suggest a larger chainring as it would create shifting problems. I am pretty sure I had a 52t on the road bike, and would love to have that on the Cannondale. The smallest cog in the back is 11 so I don't think I can change that.
I only use the top two chainrings, and never use the smallest, so I would not miss it. Any thoughts?
I don't really want to look at another bike with different gearing, as this Cannondale is the best fitting bike I have ever owned.
I really appreciate the help!