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    SS gearing for 26

    Hey just picked up a used Bianchi M.U.S.S. I am just going to use this bike as a play bike. I need a easy gear and am not sure where to start. Both my knees are shot so I don't stand much climbing. Suggestion would be great. I am not sure if you need more info to help me out if you do just ask.

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    32/18 might be about right for you.
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    i ride 32x18 on my all around/cruiser/rigid bike.
    i ride 32x17 on my bike i do kick ass riding on.

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    There's lots of variables, like what kind of climbs you have and how rough the trails are.

    32/18 could be a good starting point. That is what I have used a lot, or 34/19, which is about equal.

    In winter, when packed snow has covered all the bumps, I've done OK with 32/16.

    I just put 34/18 on my bike instead of 34/19 and it feel a lot different: I have to pedal harder / go faster.

    If you have a gearie bike, you can experiment a bit to see what gear you can cope with.

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    Make it another vote for 32:18.

    Note that when your climbing, it's staying seated too long that hurts your knees because you're pushing a big a gear with just your leg muscles and your knees bent. Standing takes much of the load off the knees. Other forces come into play: the weight of your body, pulling with your arms on wide bars, rocking the bike.

    It's a different technique than what you're used to, but you'll learn as you go.
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    Absolutely: stand up as soon as turning the cranks gets a bit hard.

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    I ride 32X18 most of the time also. You have to also get into a mode where "attacking" a hill gets more natural. My knees don't hurt when I stand on my bike.

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    i started out with 32/18, then tried a 16 and a 17t freewheel but they were too tough for my noodly legs. i had some problems with my right knee and went to a 20t in the rear and that helped with my knee pain a lot. if you're racing or riding on the road, 32/20 sucks. top speed is low but it's great for climbing. now that my knee is feeling stronger, i went back to the 18t cog.

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    If you're not too concerned about spinning out on the flats or pedaling on the DH to go faster I'd say the 32/20 works great...just don't try racing xc on it
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    Thanks for all your help. Looks like I will try a 32/20.

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