Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: south Puget Sound
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I haven't found racing-bike gearing (52/42/30 12-25) sufficient to pull a trailer of kid(s)/groceries around the topography I have to live around. I have gone the touring bike route, which is basically like a road bike (dropbars, anyway) w/ mountain-bike gearing.
Especially of note was that the kids kept growing faster than my conditioning could increase to lug them uphill. Of course, now one is out of the trailer and onto a trail-a-bike so that is a sudden load lightening.
But the other still has a couple years to go in the trailer and the last hill heading home still gets me down (well down, w/ the right headwind) into single digits of mph. And that is with the touring bike gearing. I still want to get a smaller granny ring.