just another gosling
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Bikes: CoMo Speedster 2003, Trek 5200, CAAD 9, Fred 2004
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Uh, you're riding a geared bike? Meaning you can shift anytime you want to? If that's not the case, you need to buy a geared bike, ignore the gear-inches and do as below.
When you are using a geared bike, buy a heart rate monitor and learn how to use it. Choose your gearing by your heart rate, while keeping your cadence within certain limits, as you are able, say no higher than about 95 on the flat and no lower than about 75 when climbing. When your HR gets too low, shift up. When it gets too high, shift down.
What "too low" and "too high" mean, and when, has been the subject of many books. Most folks start with Friel's The Cyclist's Training Bible.
Or just forget all that technical stuff and ride your bike.