I recently changed out our 11-32 for an 11-36 given us a 24-36 low. On Saturday's 100K we used the gear on a few steep pitches and had occasion to stop a few times: jacket removal, etc.
I actually had to abort the start twice because in the lower gear and with my entire 200 lbs on the left pedal I couldn't get my rear end in the saddle before the pedal bottomed out. Once I actually manually shifted into the 32t in order to get started in a higher gear. Certainly no harm, no foul although there was a bit of stoker consternation.
I wonder if anyone else has experienced something similar?
BTW, I can infer from this that stoker is really giving it all she's got on these steep starts. We have a daVinci so she can keep pedaling, but at these slow speed starts I can't steer, balance the bike and get in the saddle once my left foot is at its nadir; better safe than sorry.