This is a spinoff from this thread. I thought it might be more organized to start a new one dedicated to this topic.
Okay guys and girls, I just took my new (to me) bike for the first fairly long ride and found there is a serious issue I need to address and I need your advice on the best way to do that...
My lowest gear is barely adequate for riding w/o any load (other than me). Once I get all my equipment, etc loaded on the bike and try to cross a mountain range...it simply isn't going to happen unless I get built up to being very very strong (which I plan on doing, but still, I need the proper gears). So here's my question--What is the least expensive, high quality, best way to gear down my bike? It has 27" wheels and the old SunTour friction hardware. As for the tooth count, I'm not sure. There are pictures on the thread mentioned above. But if you tell me exactly what to look for, I'll be glad to get that info for you.
I know that is probably a loaded question, but I'd be much obliged to get your thoughts and detailed info on this so I can get over the mountains when I'm loaded. If you need any pictures, just go to this thread.
Many thanks for your help!!!