Hey folks: I am about to swap out my 6 speed freewheel off of my Miyata 1000, friction shifting. It's a 12-28. The front gears are 50-44-28(yes 28 tiny, tiny, tiny). It's easy to climb in the 28-28 tho' Ive never climbed with a lot of touring gear. All of my tours have been on flat roads. I do a lot of climbing with this bike but only for commuting purposes. I plan to tour more hilly terrain in the near future.
So: Should I go 7 speed with a 12-34(mega range) or drop to an 11-28. Does the Mega range work with friction. I see that Sheldon brown states the 12-34 to be Alpine gearing. Does the fact I run a 28 front chain ring negate the need for a mega gear? I was gonna put this in the bike mech forum but figured I preferred tourers input on gearing.
Another Q Do tourers run 2 sets of freewheels on their bikes, one for non tour duty(11-28) and then a (12-34) for the tour?? I assume you use different chains if you swap out your freewheels.