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    Senior Member geezerwheels's Avatar
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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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    Ah yes, I remember when I went from 28T to 34T, 9sp. It was a great day. Tame those hills a little bit.
    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

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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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    More good looking young girls on the streets. Even old guys suck in their gut and stand up straight!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaiKaiTai View Post
    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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    Time for a change. stapfam's Avatar
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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)
    If you don't know the way, you shouldn't be going there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post

    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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    I plead Instanity Judge,,,

    I'm just crazy bout' that stuff !
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    how to feel younger instantly:

    Go sight seeing at HOOTERS...........ymmmm ymmmmm.

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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.
    No wheel of fortune reruns.

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