Join Date: Apr 2011
Bikes: Old steel GT's, for touring and commuting
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Questions about longer cranks:
Anyone riding longer cranks? I inexpensively picked up a set of 180mm ones from a Craigslist seller and am about to either put them on my tourer or my new commuter (both old rigid MTB's), and I've got a couple of questions:
Is it harder to climb hills with longer cranks? I haven't decided which bike to try them out on and I live in a very hilly area. Related to that, should I maybe adjust my gearing down a little? I'm in the middle of building both these bikes up (finally!) and so have a choice of maybe using a 46 tooth big chain ring instead of a 48 for example. Otherwise, I'm nearly at the bottom end of gearing already (48-32-22, and 11-32).
FWIW, I'm 6'2", with fairly long legs. I'm excited to try these out, I've been curious about longer cranks for a while, but new they are very expensive, and from what I recall when researching them a few years back, opinions were mixed as to whether many folks felt any benefit or even noticed much a difference.
Any other advice? I know I'm going to have to be more carful about pedal strike, anything obvious I may be overlooking?