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    Gearing question/opinion

    Ok, so as part of the new me in the new year, I have swapped out my 18t rear for a 16t. I have pretty much been riding on a 32:18 set up since being on the SS last year and tested the waters once or twice in the early fall. In any case, I swapped it out last night on my stock wheels. I manged to get in a quick 5 mile ride on the Seneca Greenway trail (for those that are local to me). It is not that demanding of a trail but perfect for nice little rides this time of year.

    So, the first thing I noticed was it was harder to pedal of course. I did not get super winded on the one main climb but I was forced to stand more and my quads were definitely burning.

    Now my question is this. I did the swap before committing to a group night ride on Friday night on simiar trails (actually a little more challenging-Little Bennet/Black Hills). I don't know how far we will be going or for how long at this point. I am guessing maybe 10-15 miles. I am wondering if I should go ahead and switch back to the 18 for this. My biggest fear is that I will blow up or cause others to ride slower since this is a no drop type of ride. However, at the moment, there are only 2-3 people signed up for the ride so it would utterly suck if I could not hang and they were forced to ride slower than they would have liked.

    What would you guys do? Would you just suck it up and give it a shot? Would you swap back to give yourself more of a fighting chance?

    I really don't know the trails in this area so I would not really be comfortable with dropping at this point since I don't know where the hell I am going. I guess I am leaning to swapping towards swaping them back out. I mean, I have two sets of wheels, one with an 18 and one with a 16 though I would prefer to swap the cog on the 16 set since they are my cheap stock wheels and I will be riding at night on trails I have not been on.

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    woops posted in the wrong place.

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    I'm sorry, what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1SPD
    woops posted in the wrong place.
    More better.

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    Yeah, started typing my other question (thread) in the post response box and when I hit post, it showed up here. Don't know how I missed that so I deleted and started the other thread. Sorry about that.

    Really am just trying to get a feeling of whether you guys would take the chance on the harder gear or go with what you know as far as gearing.

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    Heard back from someone that has done the ride and will be making the swap back to the 18t. Oh the joy.

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    You think too much, maybe try some gears
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    Yep! But in my defense, the office is slow as hell today!

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    Yup, swap back until you know better...

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    I may try to squeek out a ride tomorrow with the 16 again before pulling it. I figure it will only help to make me stronger. I also won't feel like it was a waste of my time swapping the cog to only get in one ride on it. They are also calling for snow on Friday so I don't know if we are going to all get out or not on our night ride. We'll see, but I will make plans to have it swapped out by Friday just in case.

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    I usually drop down/move up in 1T increments. Try out a 17T.

    Made the mistake of dropping 2 on my road bike last summer on a 30 mile ride (48x18 to 48x16). I thought I was man enough, but was once again, proven wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut
    I usually drop down/move up in 1T increments. Try out a 17T.

    Made the mistake of dropping 2 on my road bike last summer on a 30 mile ride (48x18 to 48x16). I thought I was man enough, but was once again, proven wrong.
    48x16 is evil that's what I have on the fixed side of my flipflop and it kills me. I have a 17 freewheel on the other side and it's great....go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zippinveedub
    48x16 is evil that's what I have on the fixed side of my flipflop and it kills me.
    It'll kill your rear tire, too.
    Ride more!

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    Yeah I know it came on the bike. When I do ride fixed I don't skid, I have a rear brake why bother.

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