Re: New Member's Area Of Interest
- As one with wonky knees(meniscus surgery in '05 and car-bike accident
in '07)I'm all about lower gears. My knees and I are happiest in the
63 to 72 inch range for flat land riding, 40 to 54 inches in the
hills. I prefer to stay seated and spin while climbing than to stand
As my knees have been getting better this past season(no more pain
descending stairs)I have been EASING into slightly higher gears for
short distances, but staying below 80 inches. I doubt that I'll ever
push a 108 inch gear again, though.
Hey, folder fanatic, I have a 2 speed fixed gear folder lovingly
called 'The PolishedTurd'. It's not one the nice ones that you have
like the Brompton, but one of those italian buggers that were
everywhere in the seventies. Welcome aboard.
--- In Geared_hub_bikes@yahoogroups.com, "Rich Wood"
> Up to a point. Per your Yahoo profile I have about 40 years on
> unfortunately! BTW cute dog in your profile photo;-)Lance
> Too high a gear can be rough on knees per cycling authorities. The
> older the knees the more care recommended. Better a gear you can
> spin w/o excess strain and go to a higher gear as you gain strength.
> I admit that many road racers use very high gearing by most
> standards, even in the mountains. I also remember though that
> Armstrong tried to be more of a spinner than a masher in mountainfor
> riding, as did Miguel Indurian. With 12 TDF wins between them I am
> not going to argue much.
> I also note that Frank Berto, tech editor for Bicycling magazine
> years and author of the book "Upgrading Your Bicycle" said he saw 9is
> bikes overgeared for every one correctly or undergeared. Of course
> his book was from before triple chainsets became at all common.
> Bike gearing and preferences in it are very much a personal choice
> and dependent on a lot of factors.
> Rich Wood
> --- In Geared_hub_bikes@yahoogroups.com, "brandon"
> <rogersbrandon96@> wrote:
> > I agree Rich but i can climb pretty steep roads on my AW but it
> > fair bit of effort but i am sure once you get used to the AW it
> > becomes easier since your leg muscles get stronger if i was
> climbing a
> > steep hill and the hill was a pretty big climb and i had to ride
> up it
> > everyday i would probably prefer a newer hub or a derailleur or
> > just walk the bike up the hill.
> > anyway yes the old shimano hubs are pretty rare i am not sure what
> > model it is but it could be one of the hub models mentioned.
> > Brandon.
> > --- In Geared_hub_bikes@yahoogroups.com, "Rich Wood"
> > <astronut1001@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Welcome to the group.
> > >
> > > The AW certainly has the reputation for long life and
> > > Totally satisfactory if you live in an area that is flat or has
> > > moderate hills. Personally I prefer more gears and a wider
> > > gear range for local riding conditions.
> > >
> > > I would love to find out some info as to which AW version is
> > > reliable, the older oil lubricated ones or the late English
> > > and Taiwanese grease lubed versions.
> > >
> > > I have never personally tried a folding bike.
> > >
> > > Rich Wood