not necessarily looking for specific tooth count but....
I ride my SS A LOT and some of my rides cover moderately hilly terrain. I go out of my way to avoid anything too steep. My gearing as-is is comfortable going up hill, I actually manage to gain a lot of ground and pass other riders during group rides when climbing. BUT... I spin out going down hills and feel like I could afford to have more gear on the flats.
So my question... in your opinion, is it worth working a little harder on the climbs to have more on the descents and flats?
I suppose it bears mentioning that I am currently running 48x17. I'm yet to find myself walking up any hill that I've encountered but all of the riders I pass going up fly past me on the way down, I just cant build speed.
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I'm currently running 46x17 with about 71 GI. It's great for getting around slightly hilly Berkeley. I also don't spin out too much on the flats. I might go up to an 18 or 19t cog when I move to Seattle though.