Plays in traffic
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
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Originally Posted by knobster
You'll have some good sized gear jumps with the 11-32. If it was me and I was going to buy that bike, I'd simply buy a 12-25 cassette and put the 11-32 away for any big hill climbing rides I was planning to do.
Originally Posted by Little Darwin
Cassettes are one of the easiest parts on a bike to replace if you don't like the gearing. With the right tool, I think that a cassette is easier to replace than a tire.
This is exactly what I do.
R-Town is on the ancient lakebed. It's midwest flat around here. Wide range cassettes with huge jumps between each gear make little sense around here.
In the three-seasons, I run 12-23 cassettes on all my bikes--doubles and triples, 8, 9, and 10-speed. The close ratios are perfect for making small gear adjustments to go with small changes in wind speed or terrain.
When I head out to the hills of horse country south and east of the city, I swap to a 12-27. I leave the 12-27 on all winter too. It helps with the extra weight of the snow tires.
TIP: They make reusable zip ties with a little latch you can open to unzip them. They're perfect for keeping cassettes under control when changing and storing them. Reusable zip tie through the middle, and drop it in a plastic bag.