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Old 01-08-21, 03:46 PM
Tourist in MSN
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When I set up my Rohloff bike for touring, I my highest gear is 85.1 gear inches. I often spin out on downhills. I wish I had higher, but I am unwilling to give up any of my low gears to obtain a higher gear. My point is that with a high gear of 89 inches, be prepared to spin out on shallow downhills.

Since you understand gearing calculations, you could try to figure out which gear you currently have that would approximate that 89 gear inch high gear, and then try riding some without ever going into a gear higher than that to see what that might be like.

I do not use those higher gears that often, but on shallow downhills or when I roll down into a valley and want to maintain momentum part way up the other side, I often appreciate having the higher gears to.
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