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    touring drivetrain setup?

    I'm planning on modifying my Surly Crosscheck commuter for some light touring, and have a question about drivetrain gearing. I am running a 94bcd double crank on it, and don't want to change it out (impossible to find anything but external these days!).

    I have been thinking about setting up the front with a 44-30 and the rear with 11-34. any thoughts on this? I will be touring around the Green Mountains in VT.
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    I have ridden something close to those gears around those parts, and it is very nice. Great bike, smart gearing, your set.

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    do you think 11-34 is overkill? should i stick with an 11-32?
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    No gear too low. Take the 34. I wish I had not smashed my old 38.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ken cummings View Post
    No gear too low. Take the 34. I wish I had not smashed my old 38.
    +1

    I have 26/34 on my LHT and I wish I had 24/34 or 22/34. Do not underestimate your load, and as KC said, no gear is too low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpmartineau View Post
    +1

    I have 26/34 on my LHT and I wish I had 24/34 or 22/34. Do not underestimate your load, and as KC said, no gear is too low.
    Unless your racing.... My 50-12 is a bit low from time to time But you said commuting and light touring... so the standard, no gear to low definitely applies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halthane View Post
    Unless your racing.... My 50-12 is a bit low from time to time
    They should have said 'No low gear is too low'. A 44/11 is 108 gear inches which isn't that low but it is easy to spin out on a downhill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
    They should have said 'No low gear is too low'. A 44/11 is 108 gear inches which isn't that low but it is easy to spin out on a downhill.
    Assuming you spin out at 90 rpm, in 108" gear you'd be doing 29 mph. That's plenty fast on a loaded touring bike. To be honest above 20 mph on a down hill I don't try to pedal, I just enjoy the ride.

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