I am running a gear ratio of 52-20 on a terrible steel road conversion; I want to slowly build up my bike and get a more versatile crank (48t probably?) to run cogs to try and work up my leg strength by slowly increasing the gear ratio (18 to 17 cogs etc.)
I find it relatively easy to match cars on pretty slow toronto roads and skid stop, but not really getting terribly good off the line acceleration.... and my legs start to burn like crazy after about 15 minutes of pretty heavy riding. I want to work up to a higher gear ratio but not sure if my feeble legs could do it
So am I a *****, do I have a muscle deformity, or is it a conditioning thing derived from not riding in the winter all that much and my last summer's riding being compromised due to an accident?
Will I be less of a ***** in the future, is there a diet regiment you guys could recommend, or is there no hope for me?
I was last on 52/21, that was my sweet spot and speed wasn't a problem. You will need to put in more miles or else riding will always be difficult. I get 100 miles a week just riding to work and other routine commutes.
ride more, try different gear combos
Last edited by hairnet; 04-18-12 at 05:29 PM.
Originally Posted by Scrodzilla
I often need to flip my brain to the freewheel side when reading this forum.