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    O.K. I've been running a 34/20 around my local trails. Which I'm very happy with on single track dirt with a few small climbs and such. My qustion is this, I'm taking the family out to San Diego and want to bring our bikes to go on some rides like down the boardwalk and around the bay and what not. What should I switch my rear out to so I'm not spinning like crazy trying to keep up with my wife's beach cruiser?

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    Are you on a 26" or 29" bike? If you are on a 26 then I would go down to at least a 15tooth rear. The bay and board walk is flat so you will not be climbing. Find your gear inches of your wife's cruiser and then match it with your bike. http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gears/

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    Count the teeth on your wife's chainring and cog and do some math.

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    When I think 'beach cruiser' at the ocean side on the boardwalks, I think of lazy pedaling, maybe 40 or 50 rpm, not really trying to go that fast... just taking it all in.

    A 34/15 can easily be spun up to 18+ mph, not exactly leisurely. And gear inches don't have to match for you to keep up, just be reasonable. You aren't trying to race are you?

    I've run 34/18 on 26" before for general riding around town with the family and it's fine. Pedal pedal coast. And it's only a 2 tooth difference, so not too much trouble to change.

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    Don't forget...You will have to take some links out of your chain and then add them back when you go back to your normal gearing
    My advice. Buy the cheapest chain possible for your boardwalk gearing and keep it around for these instances


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    O.K. I've been running a 34/20 around my local trails. Which I'm very happy with on single track dirt with a few small climbs and such. My qustion is this, I'm taking the family out to San Diego and want to bring our bikes to go on some rides like down the boardwalk and around the bay and what not. What should I switch my rear out to so I'm not spinning like crazy trying to keep up with my wife's beach cruiser?

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    Thanks for the advice guys. I ordered up a 15 tooth.

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