Every time I ride my Bike Friday NWT [New World Tourist] I wish I had higher gearing. This bike is setup with an 8 spd IGH which is enough gear range when adjusted correctly, but at the moment it’s so low I’m pretty much only using gear 6,7 & 8.
Why so low?
Well I used to think I needed lower gears than I actually did. Riding a fixed gear makes that point very clear. By comparison an 8 spd gear box that lets you coast seems positively outrageously luxurious. Even for a touring bike.
The only real problem is I really dig the [expensive!] Sugino 46T ring on the NWT and I can’t fit a smaller cog at the rear with the Surly Singlenator chain tensioner. So I need to dig through my box of rings and grab any ugly 53T or 54T ring and slap it on.
This blog post will hopefully serve to shame me enough that I actually make it happen!