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    Simple (hopefully) chainring question

    First, I'd like to say that as a member of several internet forums, I know that drive-by posting is generally discouraged. I'm hoping your good nature will allow me to ask this question even if I don't become a regular contributor.

    I am not a cyclist. What I am is a middle-aged guy with a bad back who loves camping. My back problems make it difficult for me to do a lot of walking. So a couple years ago I bought a used Palomar GT to ride around while camping. (I'm not yet ready to give in to the scooter/pit bike/golf cart thing I see so many people doing) The increased mobility has been just awesome! The only issue I have is some of the steeper hills. I often have to get off and walk the last bit like when I was kid with a one-speed. The problem I have is when I've slowed to a walking pace, I have a hard time pushing the crank over the top to the next power stroke. My question is this: If I find the correct size, can I replace just my granny ring with an elliptical?

    If it matters, I have Shimano Acera derailleurs and an SR Suntour XR11 primary ringset.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge!


    ps~ I noticed you have a beer forum. I could certainly contribute to that one. After I pour myself a Torpedo

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    you mean like a q ring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul View Post
    you mean like a q ring?
    Don't know what a q ring is. The ellipticals I'm familiar with are the Biopace, Ovaltech & Cycloid. Basically, just wondering if I can put an elliptical ring on with the existing rings and derailleur.

    I remembered reading about ellipticals in PopSci Archive Viewer | Popular Science
    back in the 70s. Google found me the three I mentioned above.

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    q ring is basically the modern incarnation of those. it should work as long as your rings arnt rivited together.

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