View Single Post
Old 01-02-18, 07:09 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: TX Hill Country
Posts: 5,512
Mentioned: 73 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 901 Post(s)
Originally Posted by kingston View Post
I'll decide when the schedule comes out whether or not to attempt the opening day 200k fixed. Last year was an out-and-back and there was one big hill that scared me off. I ended up hitting over 45 mph going down and needed my lowest gear (27GI) to get back up. I obviously could have used my brakes going down, but I don't think I could have made it up with ~70GI.
Yep, that does present a walk-on-up situation which I try to avoid.
If a suitable candidate presents itself I just might do a light road bike conversion to a Sturmey Archer S3X FG-IGH to extend the range. Not a "purist" FG solution but it would open up a considerable amount of local territory with:

Overall Range - 160%
Gear 1 - 62.5% (Gear 2 - 37.5%)
Gear 2 - 75% (Gear 3 - 25%)
Gear 3 - 100% (Direct Drive)

Running 48/17 a direct drive 75 and 56, 47 GI reduction would get me up and over some local routes that are off limits for my old FG w/o undue stress.

These self-inflicted handicaps get us back to the roots of road cycling with the most basic of machines and offer a taste of the old hard-man school of cycling, when in the mood for that sort of thing.

'74 Raleigh Internat'l '77 Trek TX900 FG '92 Vitus 979 '10 Merckx EMX3 '13 Soma Stanyan
Bandera is offline  
Reply With Quote