Disclaimer: Gear ratio is a personal, I understand.
Iím debating a change to the ratio on my winter commuter. I'm starting my third winter with the currently 42x16, I find myself standing on the pedals a lot. I think I'd rather stay in my saddle on the climbs and coast down the hills. My commuting route is rolling hills, roughly 400 ft climbing over 9 miles; or I take some rail-trails for 13 miles but they are generally not completely plowed making for more effort plowing through the snow.
What's your preferred gear ratio?
Here's my winter beast: