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Nel Lusso Cruiser Gear ratio change

Old 06-10-20, 10:18 AM
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Nel Lusso Cruiser Gear ratio change

Howdy one and all,
New Register here. Thanks for the add.
The bike i'm setting up for my Wife (Christmas Present) is a Huffy Nel Lusso Cruiser SNHTJ19F94353 26"
I'm wanting to change the gearing ratio substantially.
It comes with a 44 tooth front and 19 tooth rear.
Entirely too hard for Her to pedal (take off mainly).
I have researched out to a 36 tooth front and a 23 tooth rear.
Which i'm hoping will substantially change the ratio.
If anyone thinks this is too much or not enough...please...i'm open to suggestions.

The 36 tooth front "chainring" is:
Wald Chainring 1pc 36T CP "Currently unavailable" from Amazon. Still looking for one.

The 23 tooth rear sprocket is:
Shimano Nexus / Alfine SG-3C40 23T Cog Sprocket.

So my questions i guess are:
1- Is this enough ratio change ?
2- Will these fit / work on this bike ?

Thanks in advance,
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Old 06-10-20, 02:02 PM
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Maybe only the 23 tooth but not both or she will have a top speed way to slow. What I suspect is if she actually rides the bike she will soon want the 19 tooth back on the bike. Roger
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Old 06-11-20, 08:26 AM
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Appreciate the response Sir.
So.....these Brands, Models and the way they mount....WILL fit the bike ?

Thanks again in advance,
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Old 06-11-20, 02:30 PM
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I would need the bike in my bike stand to give an answer. My wife has a Cranbrook and I have an older Good Vibrations Huffy for what it is worth. Roger
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Old 06-12-20, 03:18 PM
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I wouldn't go any smaller then a 22T rear sprocket and keep the 44T chain ring. This gives a 2:1 ratio or about 52 gear inches. That's about 15 kph @ 60 rpm.

With some experience she will get stronger and may soon find the 22T sprocket too large.
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Appreciate the response Chuck

At 58 yrs old.....things don't work as good as they use too.
And here in the mountains of West Virginia.....not very flat.

Thanks again for all they advise,
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Originally Posted by WvChamp View Post
Appreciate the response Chuck

At 58 yrs old.....things don't work as good as they use too.
And here in the mountains of West Virginia.....not very flat.

Thanks again for all they advise,
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Yes, Mountains definitely require lower gearing. Short, less challenging hills might be doable with some practice and a 22 sprocket. Here in Southern Ontario its mostly flat, So the 22 might work well enough here for some folks.

Mountians are one scenario where the benefits of a multi-speed bike can't be ignored. They do make 3 speed internal geared bikes that provide a low gear for climbing and a high gear for a quick decent in addition to a cruising gear. These bikes make riding in hilly terrain much more pleasant, even fun without the complexity of derailleurs found on most other 5+ speed bikes.

Happy riding.

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