Join Date: Jul 2009
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Quick question on gear conversion.
I have a hybrid, and I'm thinking about getting a road bike. I'm new to cycling, and not the strongest climber, so I'm a bit nervous about going from a triple to a compact, and what to ride in a similar ratio as my lowest gear would be to see how I can handle some steep hills.
My current bike has a 48x38x28 crank.
The rear cassette is 12x32 (8 speed). I believe it is 12,14,16,18,21,24,28,32.
Which possible combination of the gears would best simulate the lowest gear on a new road bike (34x28). If I can handle the equivalent gear on steep hills on my trek, then I'll know I'll be ok with a double on a new bike. The Trek has 700x35 c tires, the road bike will be 700x23 or 25.