Alternative Crankset for Bianchi Axis
Three of my friends are biking across the country on the Trans-American, and while 2 of them bought new Giant touring bikes for it, one is using a Bianchi Axis. They started 2 days ago and the girl with the Axis has quickly realized that her gear sets are not optimal. The bike currently has a Shimano Sora Compact 50/34 crankset and a Sram PG 950 11/32 sprocket. Can you guys recommend any affordable cranksets that could be switched in or offer any advice. They have a pretty easy pace, but the Appalachians are fast approaching, so time is of the essence.
Have her stop at a thrift store and buy a department store mountain bike carcass. Its triple chainwheel will fit perfectly on her bike. Thirty dollars at the thrift store and half an hour of work (another $30 at a bike store if she doesn't do it herself) will set her up with as many gears as she could possibly need, and a great tour story to disturb the gear weenies' minds when she gets home.
This may not go over too well with the integrated shifters...
Originally Posted by Takara
Other than some load redistribution the best I can think of is to stop at a bike shop and try a cassette w/36T low.
I think they will be going with brad's suggestion. Changing out the crankset would be pretty pricey and time consuming. The store i called said they could hook the girl up with a 36 low this evening. Thanks for all of your advice.