Itís stil going very well as I upgrade bits every 3-4 years, but that is the transmission having gone from 8 speed >9 and now 10 speed.. The 9 speed stuff goes on Annís bike to upgrade that.
In August 2017 I bought a new road bike, which I found great for the first month then the vast difference between Road &MTBís hit me.
My legs are just not up to what is required to ride a road bike. The gearing is far too tall. After 2 or 3 months I was regretting my purchase. We live on the lower edge of the Yorkshire Dales and to ride out from home everyday is UP. Yes I can take the bike to the Harrogate, Boroughbridge area which is flatish, but being stubborn want to go from home and the basis that the more I climb hill the better Iíll get. Rubbish at my age.
I even thought of selling it in the spring of 2018 but I think I would have lost £700 at least. So Iíve hung on.
In early 2018 some bike companies started drinking out gravel bikes. The gearing is not as high as Road one and the bikes have gravel bike versions of MTB tyres. Crossbikes is another version of off-road road bike. And the are plenty races on TV.
Over that last9 months I have been looking to ďupgradeĒ my bike with lower gears. This seems to be a bit of a dark art and is fround upon by the purists.
You should have a 52 and 40:chainrings and. Gear cassette of a max. Of 26 to 28 teeth on the rear wheel.
If you go into any bike shop, those are the gears that will be on the bikes or in some cases 50/34 chain rings and up,to a 32 tooth cassette which in the last few months has gone up to 34 teeth for 2019 models.
Fortunately on you tube there has been cyclists modifying their bikes in various ways and there is equipment being made by small firms to cater for this.
Having read and researched all that I could I bought a new chain, 40 tooth cassette and a longer cage rear mech.
This means that I now have 40 teeth instead of 32 for bottom gear a vast increase of 25%.
I feel that the bike companies are missing a trick on both Road and MTBís in limiting the gearing to narrow bands. In some cases bikes are designed to have only a single chain ring and you are unable to fit a double or a triple chain rings.
If they designed the bikes for a few variations of transmission they would get more sales. After all maybe only the top 5 % of cyclists can get somewhere near the lower levels of the professional riders.
So I am hoping that the modifications to my bikes transmission will do what I want for only £150.
Will be unable to try out the mods until back end of next week as up to Durham on Friday.
I still have to get some cash together to buy a new MTB this year but finding a design that mets my requirements is going to be hard and expensive as I may have to buy a bike and then buy a new set of transmission to put on it.
Regretfully my 2004 bike although a very good bike, the spare parts like brake pads, brake seals and pistons, wheels at 26Ē are now in limited supply (quality parts).
Just write this as a change from the normal run of stuff on the board and inspired by the photos of the Vicís.
Allan Campbell Please note that any spelling mistakes are down to,this predictive text thing(I think)
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