I'm really close to where you are at, Philip. On my touring bike, I'm
currently running 44/28 with a 12-30, but I'm converting to a mountain rear
der so I can swap back and forth between an 11-32 and an 11-36. I'll move
the 12-30 and the road derailer over to a roadier bike.
44x11 will be plenty for top end, and 28x36 ought to be low enough for the
kinds of loaded touring I intend to do. If that turns out not to be the
case, I might drop to 42/26. 16-teeth of spread is the max that I ever do.
Even that is a humongous jump, requiring lots of double shifting. The
20-tooth jump that the OP recommends is further than I'm willing to go, but
I like the general concept, and the assertion that you can do everything
you need to do with 2 rings, if you are willing to work with it.
El Cerrito, CA
On Friday, September 16, 2016 at 11:58:29 AM UTC-7, Philip Kim wrote:
> 10 speed works fine for me.
> running 40/26, 11-34 right now, its pretty sufficient. once things wear
> out, gonna go 44/26 and 11-40 for extended climbing with load, while
> getting more on the top end. i like the power ratchet shifting on the
> silver shifters, but the plastic washer broke on me after a year of
> commuting use. i'm not the only one. for the same price, i'd rather get
> shimano bar ends. currently run microshift 10 spd mtb bar ends on
> gevenalles - index as well as shimano, but friction shifting is not as
> smooth and a bit stiff.
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