victor wrote:I wasn't ridiculing your choice of bike, by the way - my question about the sprocket ratio was an honest one. I don't think I could handle using a SS for my commute, particularly since some of the hills (in either direction) are several 100m long. I'm pretty sure I'd either be spinning too fast on the flats & descents, or grinding too slowly on the ascents .
I've found that it is a good way to built strength though. Tuesday night I took a route I would only normally take on the road bike because of the climbs and descents and even standing up for the duration of the climb (climbs about 5%+ I need to be out of the saddle for) it felt like it was nothing.
Does build the thighs though, something I'd rather avoid! I wouldn't be able to wear my skinny jeans anymore
Originally it came with an 18t rear cog but the flats were harder than going uphill! So I changed to 16t. Except for a couple of points on the ride (both I could avoid) I could probably drop to 15t. The knees don't appreciate that prospect though.
Tonight will be interesting, for some reason I just went for a run... Something about signing up for the run for the kids. I must have been drunk at the time!