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    What’s your lowest gear ratio?

    My ‘04 Specialized Roubaix Comp has a 34 chainring to a 36T cog (about .9 something); my colnago A1r cx has a 32:34T (1.14). Mention if it’s hilly where you ride.

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    I wear a 9 1/2 shoe.

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    Only have one road bike at the moment. My lowest gear is 39x25. Yes, it's hilly around here. Generally I'd say 3-5%. There are some climbs that are 6-7% and if you know where to find them; you can get as high as 9-11%. But, most are short and punchy. Longest I've found are probably 1-1 1/2 mi. Nothing sustained (>3mi) like back in Cali.

    Back then I was racing. My lowest gear was 42x23. Sucks getting old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asgelle View Post
    I wear a 9 1/2 shoe.
    What width?
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    36/28 on my road bike. I don't even know what I have on my cross bike. 40/something. It's pretty hilly around here.

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    39 x 27 is my lowest gear on my road bike. It's not low enough.

    Our hills are just that--hills--but very steep gradients, being river valley hills.
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    The gravel/touring rig has 42mm tires and a 30/32 (0.94) low gear for a bailout gear of 26 gear inches
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    50/34 compact 11 speed, 11-40t.

    I have the choice of flats, mild climbs, steep and or long climbs or sixty miles of coastline. Geographically and weather wise I am fortunate to live and ride in perfect climate and terrain.

    I'm 72 and I've lost 30 plus percent of my power the past two years for reasons docs are still trying to figure out. It is because of the loss of power I switched to my current drivetrain. My prior set up was 50/34 compact 11 speed 11-32t.

    The two closest climbs that represent two of the categories I mentioned were a 1.1 mile 14 percent climb and a 5.11 Cat 3 climb. My favorite climb was a nine-mile cat 2 climb.

    Now though I've given up most of my climbing. Before it was a joy and challenge, now it is a struggle to hang on. I used to LOVE to climb. Now I have given up most of it.

    With the exception of the 5.11-mile climb, most of my climbs are now half mile 5-6 percent up and down along the coast and even those I now tend to avoid that section of the coasts that have them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coondogger View Post
    My ‘04 Specialized Roubaix Comp has a 34 chainring to a 36T cog (about .9 something); my colnago A1r cx has a 32:34T (1.14). Mention if it’s hilly where you ride.
    With all due respect, so what? Is this some sort of measuring contest? Riding style, local terrain, rider age - a whole bunch of things factor in to this such that comparing low gear ratios is not much more useful than comparing heart rates.

    BTW in the US we talk about gear inches, and in Europe (and perhaps the rest of the world) they talk about development. Gear ratio is rarely discussed because it doesn't consider wheel diameter.

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    36x30 and there are times where I wish I had more.

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    Gravel bike, 34 - 34. Road bike 39 - 23 It's not steep hilly here for the most part, not many places get double digit on the road and those are short. About 100' climbing per mile is pretty common where I ride gravel
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    Commuter has a mountain triple with a 22x34 granny gear.

    Roadie is 34x28.

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    it's gone up over time. started out 39/25
    then moved to 39/28
    now its 36/28
    and temporarily during a trip to the french alps it was 36/32

    I don't like the huge gaps present in an 11-32 ratio especially on a road bike. My gravel bike is compact with 11-32 and somehow it bothers me less. But I ride the gravel bike differently than my road bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek_5200 View Post
    I don't like the huge gaps present in an 11-32 ratio, especially on a road bike. My gravel bike is compact with 11-32 and somehow it bothers me less. But I ride the gravel bike differently than my road bike
    Your perception is interesting. Although I've ridden for decades the 11 speed 11-32 were only in my "senior years" and utilized within my limited abilities, I found the ratios fine for my demands or needs. I assume you have ridden at a much higher level of performance than I have and therefore were putting the full range more to the test. Anyway, it was interesting to hear about your experience.

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    shhh... he loves his '16', don't tell him it is a '17' with a compact.
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    I have a 12-32 (11S) cassette and I hate the jumps between cogs at certain speeds. I have as I slowly get back into shape already ordered a 12-26, I have a 50-34 compact up front. Gravel bike has a 12-34 cassette with a 36 chainring. 1X9

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    50-34 in the front and 11/28 in the rear on my bikes except for one. I live in a hilly area here in Southern California. My main crit bike is a 53-39 upfront with 11-25 rear.

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    34-32 (0.94) and it's still not enough for some of the 'fun' I've participated in recently. I probably could have coughed up a lung last Sunday....... Why are some cyclists so hell bent on trying to see how much pain they can endure??

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    A couple years ago when I got 11spd I went from the 39x23 that I've always had to 39x25. It's nice to be able to take it easy on climbs but I think the 23 forced me to go faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lelandjt View Post
    A couple years ago when I got 11spd I went from the 39x23 that I've always had to 39x25. It's nice to be able to take it easy on climbs but I think the 23 forced me to go faster.
    I don't know if that's necessarily the case.

    I once believed that, but I'm starting to realize that a smaller gear allows me to pick up my cadence and my speed. Too big a gear doesn't allow me to get on top of it so I get bogged down trying to turn over a gear that's just wearing me down, where as a smaller gear not only enables me to get on top of it but I can also accelerate and pick up the pace.

    I'm finding I'm faster in a smaller gear and fresher when things level out.

    I'm also 6'1" and 188lbs the last time I stood on a scale, which also has something to do with things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lelandjt View Post
    A couple years ago when I got 11spd I went from the 39x23 that I've always had to 39x25. It's nice to be able to take it easy on climbs but I think the 23 forced me to go faster.
    Following that logic why not use, say, 39x17, and be forced to go even faster? Heck, use 53x11 and be forced to just fly up hills.

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    34/30 on my dual duty pavement/dirt road bike.

    Hills are not really tall around here, but a lot of the grades are ridiculously steep.

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    On my bikes, my lowest gear is "1", followed by "2", etc.
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