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Old 01-23-22, 12:10 PM
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Show me some pix using your two foot gear

Conversation I had awhile back with @aggiegrads:

me: "Big hills today, I'm riding my bike with a 24" granny"
aggiegrads: "my granny gear is 2 feet"

At Eroica California, Cino, and more recently, my TdMIL 2021, I haven't been too proud to get off and push when my lowest gear was either too close to stall speed, or walking speed matched my paperboy technique.

I've been looking through old pix, and can't find any of me doing the two step climb, but here's one of @davester from the TdMIL. I was pushing right alongside him at this point:



Somebody must have a pic of me doing the same.
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Two Foot Gear or my Size 12 Gear... Ha
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No quite. I have to settle for a pair of size 11 1/2s. (24 X 28). Sadly. I am unlikely to grow into those 12s. I think my shoe size is going to shrink along with my height. Now my fix gears are a different story. I have to lace up my big shoes to ride them.
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Two replies in, I'm thinking of sending out a present to both.



Pix anyone?
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I have used the two foot gear on occasion but I prefer not to memorialize with pictures. In that spirit though here are my two feet cooling off in the Yakima River in the middle of a hot day’s ride.


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Sometimes you just gotta stand in the water.

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I frequently have to use my two foot gearing to get this one from the bottom to the top...


On my Torpado, a heavy fendered steed...


I was hoping to install this., coupled with a more forgiving freewheel..


to avoid the two foot gear choice but I could not get it to work - so far. I will take another run at it next summer.
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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
I frequently have to use my two foot gearing to get this one from the bottom to the top...

On my Torpado, a heavy fendered steed...

I was hoping to install this., coupled with a more forgiving freewheel..

to avoid the two foot gear choice but I could not get it to work - so far. I will take another run at it next summer.
I have the same issue with the Capo Sieger I plan to keep mostly original. I have that same Simplex 3-to-6-bolt adapter you do, which limits me to 45T on the inner chainring. Coupled with the OEM Gran Sport, the best I can come up with is:
49-45 / 14-17-20-24-28, with 49-45 / 14-16-19-22-26 as a fallback if it can't hack the 28T.
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A few inches short of a 2 foot gear…6.5” to be exact. Talimena Drive in Oklahoma.






The bike with load that requires that less than 2 foot gear. 22/34 low gear

IMGP1691 by Stuart Black, on Flickr

Much closer to a 1 foot gear (a full 10” less than 2 feet) on my bikepacking bike.



That’s a 25% grade which is bad enough…



…if there were air to breathe. Yea, I walked it.



20/36 low gear
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Hopefully I read the instructions in the first post correctly.

I was definitely walking when I took this picture, about half a mile from the summit of Brooks Meadow, Cino 2021:



Here are a couple more on 9 Mile Hill, Cino 2014:





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Never. I would never walk my bike up a hill. At least not when anyone was watching. Certainly not when anyone had a camera. I hope no one proves me wrong on this.
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I went to the two foot gear when the gear I was in when this happened failed about 5' from the top of the climb. I finished the final 1.5 miles to home in the two foot gear.


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It didn't happen, me pushing my bike up a hill, because I was alone on a State Forest road when it didn't happen.
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Never. I would never walk my bike up a hill. At least not when anyone was watching. Certainly not when anyone had a camera. I hope no one proves me wrong on this.
Andy's honest as the day is long - here he is climbing a 10% grade during 2019's Columbia River Gorge New Bike Test Ride (we made a wrong turn):



The ride didn't actually have an official name, but that's what I call it since it was the maiden ride for my then-newly-acquired Bianchi Super Leggera.

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Andy's honest as the day is long
The days get pretty short in winter. I'm expecting @gugie to post a picture from today's ride where I was struggling up a 9% grade on Bald Peak despite having a 24" gear on the bike.
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I possibly pushed up some of this

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The days get pretty short in winter. I'm expecting @gugie to post a picture from today's ride where I was struggling up a 9% grade on Bald Peak despite having a 24" gear on the bike.
I may or may not have such evidence, but I can't go against honest broker @Drillium Dude's claim.
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The steepest Pavement (I think) I've seen. Here on Huahine in French Polynesia... The French (quite appropriately) call it a "Rappel"


....seen (climbed) during a doubled figure eight circumnavigation of Huahine. Taken on the uphill with less than the 2-footed gear at 16.1 gear-inches

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^ That sorta takes me back to Tantalus/Round Top on Oahu.

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It's a shame that most photos pointing up steep pitches make them look like level ground. Better to take photos across the road such that the trees seem to be growing at weird angles.
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Steep?

Yep. It was that steep. In northern Norway. I made it to the sign, then had to stop for a photo ... and to regain my breath!

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It's a vanity dilemma, really. What is worse: being photographed at L'Eroica with a long cage derailleur and a rear cluster that looks like a set of dinner plates or being photographed while walking op what looks like a 5% grade in the picture?

You tell me.
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diner plates and two foot gears

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It's a vanity dilemma, really. What is worse: being photographed at L'Eroica with a long cage derailleur and a rear cluster that looks like a set of dinner plates or being photographed while walking op what looks like a 5% grade in the picture?

You tell me.
I'll take the diner plates any time.... But it is the force of the small chainring my young Padawan...
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It's a vanity dilemma, really. What is worse: being photographed at L'Eroica with a long cage derailleur and a rear cluster that looks like a set of dinner plates or being photographed while walking op what looks like a 5% grade in the picture?

You tell me.
What's worst is both at the same time.
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