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Old 06-24-09, 06:12 AM
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I agree with chrispe here, trying a close ratio cassette is much cheaper possible solution. There's nothing wrong with using a 48t ring. I use a 48t big ring with a 13t cog, and I live in hilly area. . . I just learned to pedal fast and smooth. . . or if I'm out of gear . . . enjoy the ride downhill My only competition is my own head, so I don't worry about that.

I'd put your gears into a gear chart like this one http://home.earthlink.net/~mike.sherman/shift.html , look at what gears you are using the most, and try to find a close ratio cassette that would fill some of the gaps in your current cassette(11-32 is your current?). This will make your smaller rings more usable too, if you need to use them.

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