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    gear ratio for pavement/hardpack?

    Getting ready for a long ride on a flat mixture of dirt road and pavement. Bike is 29" ss currently with 34 16 gearing. The 16 will stay in the rear but im thinking of stepping up to either a 38 or 40 in the front. I have tried a 36 already and it made a difference but i dont think it will be enough. Any recommendations appreciated.

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    I've ridden 36/16 on my trusty ol' Motobecane 29'er and it worked fine. Good enough for some speed, but not too tall that you're struggling up pavement hills.

    Are you going to be doing any dirt climbing?

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    No hills, the whole ride will be flat, thats why i'm thinking of stepping up to a 38.

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    dead flat then get some 3:1 action

    That what a lot of SS hybrids come with

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    Quote Originally Posted by birchfur
    No hills, the whole ride will be flat, thats why i'm thinking of stepping up to a 38.
    Oh dude, then go 40T. The 38T was cool but you can and will spin out. Unless you are riding in a chill group and don't mind pedal-to-coast, then 38T will do fine. Is the hard packed essentially so packed that it's like "dirty pavement"? What I liked about that bigger gearing ratio was being able to kinda haul on the hard packed - I was so used to spinning like the road runner with my 33/22 gearing for mountain.

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    3:1 FTW! I'm running 42x14 on my ice bike - kicks ass.
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