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    Gearing for townie/bar-hopper?

    I'm thinking of resurrecting my Zion 737 EBB SS as a rigid, townie/bar-hopper/kiddo-trailer puller. I am slowly accumulating parts for the build and was wondering if anyone had a general recommendation for gearing?

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    What do you have laying around? Me I'd run 32x19, because that's currently on there. Next month perhaps 32x20, because that will be on there after my next race.

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    run it just a little harder than you would for off-road riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TripleThreat View Post
    What do you have laying around? Me I'd run 32x19, because that's currently on there. Next month perhaps 32x20, because that will be on there after my next race.
    I've got a few spare cogs, but no chainrings, and in reality, as this will be a dedicated street machine, so I can afford to buy a more appropriate gearing.

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    run it just a little harder than you would for off-road riding.
    I run 32/19 on my MTB. Is a 34T ring enough of a step up or should I go bigger?

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    I run a 38tx17t on the fat chance townie, works great and is also the magic # for the vert drops.

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    I run 32:14 on a 29er with slick 1.5" tires on my commuter and that is perfect for me-can do hills but doesn't get too spinny. I would recommend that ratio or higher for a town bike

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    40x18 or 40x16.
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    I've got my street bike set up as a dinglespeed: 42x16 and 38x20 with 2.35 big apples. The lower gear was mainly intended for trailer pulling, but I haven't done much of that so I've been in 42x16 all year. I might drop it down to 38x20 for the winter, though.

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