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    Good ratio for tight woods?

    Hello. I have a stock Bianchi b.u.S.S. I think the gear ratio is 36x18. Well when I bought this bike I was living in the city and it was my daily driver. Now I'm in the mountains of New Hampshire and I'm finding it's hard for me to ride, let alone keep up with anyone in the woods. I have a geard 29er. But I miss my S.S. I would like some reccomendations for gearing for tight technical woods riding? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Oh tire reccomendations for my area would be cool too. I've been out of the loop for a few years and I'm excited to be getting back into biking again.

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    Can't help you with the tire selection as I don't live near you, but as for gearing, I recommend you gear for the climbs. You'll coast on the downs and spin out on the flats regardless, so choose a gear that allows you to walk as little as possible whenever the terrain tilts upward.

    Tight woods... have some here in Oregon but personally this is not a factor in how I gear my bike.

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    Many factors and preferences on gear ratios, but for starters I would try something in the 36x22-24 range, (I'm usually on a 38x25 in Vermont, which is similar to a 32x21).

    Same thing on tires, I'm currently running the Ardents, 2.4 front, 2.25 rear.

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    Go ride? Eventually you'll find it. If the ~50ish gear inches are killing you, I'd drop into the low 40s.

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    32x18.

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    try a 22T cog and then maybe go down to a 20T (or even your 18T) when you get your legs back under you.

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    I'd go to a 32 chain ring first, maybe even 30 if you have a lot of steeps.

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