So, a week or so ago I picked up a 16t freewheel. I am currently riding a 32/18 on a 26r. I realized that while I could push myself and have some good rides, I realized that I was spinning out quite a bit on the flats. Today I finally got around to swapping them out.
I chose a mello loop for the most part. There were a few hills of course, one or two of decent length but mostly fairly short steep ones. I quickly realized that the torque I was used to was gone. It was definitely taking alot more out of me to get up the same hills that I pretty much used to just roll right up. I managed to pretty much make my loop in the same time but I was definitely hella tired.
I also managed to have my second crash of the season. I was booking down a slight hill and into a mellow right turn, I was leaned into the turn, caught a little mud splat, the front started washing out, then I ran over a very small root that was running diagnal across the trail, that was it. I was down before I knew it. Now I am sporting what looks like road rash up my right calf, hip and forearm. Got a few deeper cuts on my hip which I think is a result of me ladding on that damn little root.
This all happened at the 4 mile mark of the ride but I went ahead and did my 11 mile loop anyway. I mean, nothing was broke and all bleeding stops eventually. I will say that my hip is fairly tight already as is my forearm when ever I bend my arm. Hell, putting food in my mouth was starting to get challenging. So I added some beer to the equation and all is better now!
None the less, the switch to the 16t was challenging but I think I will stick with it for a little while before dropping back to the 20 for the winter.
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