Clyde and touring bike gearing
Had an "a ha" moment a while back. I'm a clyde and until that magic moment that I get myself down to 180 lbs. or so, I still love biking and need to get on the bike daily if not numerous times per week. The best advice I got was to do more hills/climbing (really exercises the appropriate muscles for endurance biking, etc.) BUT hills were killing me re my road bike gearing. My main bike is a Schwinn aluminum frame with 30/42/52 front and 11/26 in the back. The "a ha" moment was with the extra weight I was carrying on myself I should be thinking in terms of the gearing of a touring bike setup with their 50 to 100 lbs. of gear that they carry. I changed to a 26/36/48 front and 11-34 9 spd. back and riding is way more fun. The next go-around (when the front rings wear too much) I may get 22/32/42 (MTB) triple front to go along with the 11-34 rear. The rule of thumb I saw re gearing for touring bikes was a low of 20 gear-inches to a high of about 100 gear-inches. My current setup is 20.6 to 117.8 gear-inches and I really never go above about 80-85 gear-inches on a flat, only on down-hill runs. I really enjoy biking now. Any thoughts/comments about this?