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Old 01-09-13, 02:51 PM   #1
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how to feel younger instantly:

swap the 5 sp 26T freewheel for a 6 sp 34T...yasss! feels like coasting up them hills...

(on a grungy looking Motobecane Grand Touring)
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26 to a 34?


You no longer have hills---You have pimples.
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Old 01-09-13, 03:42 PM   #3
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Ah yes, I remember when I went from 28T to 34T, 9sp. It was a great day. Tame those hills a little bit.
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Shoot, I have a 34 on there already...
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I just went for a 36t
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I pick up on a different kind of granny!
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I've been seriously considering replacing my 11-28 with a 12-30. I can use that little extra help
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Old 01-10-13, 08:34 AM   #8
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More good looking young girls on the streets. Even old guys suck in their gut and stand up straight!!!!!!
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I've been seriously considering replacing my 11-28 with a 12-30. I can use that little extra help
I did, 11-30 SRAM. It was worth it. Sadly though I didn't feel any younger with the 30 tooth.
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With Christmas gift certificates to my LBS I am upgrading the gear train on my TT Cruiser. I bought the 26" upgrade which increased the gear inches. I got a new rear cluster with a 34 tooth low, and two new chain rings. I now have a triple with 28-38-48. I am also doing all winter maintence I always do this time of the year when it is cold and snowy. Cant wait to see how the upgraded drive train works.
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Having 10 speed on the road bikes-I also have a variety of cassettes to suit. We also have hills where I live so larger rings on the cassettes are a boon. I have the TCR set up with a triple- 50/39/30 and run a 12/25 cassette on that bike. 30/25 will get me up any hill but I tried a 12/27 and I noticed the larger gap on the gears at the low end of the range so went back to the 25. The other two bikes have a compact crank- 50/34 and I need the 12/27. I do not notice the wider ratios with this cassette as when I need those lower gears- I need them. I do have one set of wheels with a Tiagra 12/30 cassette and once again- I do not notice the wide ratios with the compact cranks but with the triple I do.

But mountain bikes and the Tandem is the one that needs low gears. Crank of 48/36/24 and a cassette of 11/32. 24/32 and on the longer hills we do need a lower gear. Tried an MTB crankset of 44/32/22 and we were spinning out on the flat parts of the rides and uphill was slower. We had a lower gear and used it but it was too low. We also tried a 12/34 Cassette and after bending the 34 on two of them we gave up on that. (Lots of torque and the Ring just buckled.) So we may struggle with a lowest gear of 24/32 but we cannot use lower gears.
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For me it was a switch from a 53/39 crankset to a 50/34 compact crankset.

I think that was the best component swap that I ever made and, trust me on this, I've monkey'd around with bikes a lot.
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Gears, smears, want to feel younger; get off the fat rear and ride.(for me anyway, YMMV)
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More good looking young girls on the streets. Even old guys suck in their gut and stand up straight!!!!!!
I was trying to guess what the fountain of youth was. New and improved granny gears were a bit of a let down.

I was kind of expecting maybe some sort of turbocharged Androgel formula.

Or maybe the OP was dating a 20 year old. I would have offered my condolences.
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Or maybe the OP was dating a 20 year old. I would have offered my condolences.
it would take more than big cogs to go that route...
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Old 01-14-13, 06:11 AM   #16
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I plead Instanity Judge,,,

I'm just crazy bout' that stuff !
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[h=2]how to feel younger instantly:[/h]
Go sight seeing at HOOTERS...........ymmmm ymmmmm.
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Old 01-18-13, 04:32 PM   #18
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I am with you, everytime I get on my bike I feel young. I ride all year long, when I ride in the winter I really feel young and strong.
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Cycling (road and mtb) does help me be stronger and leaner. It's fun too!
Another thing that helps me feel younger is not having a TV in my home.
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