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What gearing do you run?

The terrain is mostly flat for this bike and I will only really use it in the winter, I will be able to swap cogs easily. And when I am not using it it will be used in the summer by my mother (I'm the best son). She never shifts and the der on this bike is pretty much crapped out.

42/16 seem ok?
 

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I run 42/17. All I can say about a 42/16 is that I wouldn't give MY mother a bike with that ratio. Also not sure how your mother will be using it. So kinda hard to answer that question.
 

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I've got 32/18 on my mountainy-commuter 29er, and 42/16 on my flatland 26er.

Depends what your mom will be using it for, but 42/16 isn't really a "comfortable" gear - you have to stand up to get going, and hills are a pain. If she's just going to use it as a cruiser or for short trips you could swap to a chainring that's a 32 or 36 for the summer. That would be a nice "easy" gear to push.
 

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does winter mean snow? 70 gear inches is about the max I'll run for commuting. In the snowy winter months I prefer 65 or less. It is also flat here.
 

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M_S winter does mean snow and this is MN winter so there is more salt then snow :(

I talked to her more about it and I left the chainring already on there which was a 36 and put a 18t out back she is comfortable with this. I actually passed her while riding (in a car) and she said it was a lot nicer and the bike felt lighter then before (1x9 with a frozen der). And what is also nice is I can push a 36x18 on the hills for a backup MTB.

I think in the winter I will swap it to a 36x20 and see how that goes, but that der just got destroyed from so much salt.

And I originally though a 42x16 only thinking it was capable of her since she is a marathon runner.
 

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But then I have a rather sizeable hill to climb each way. Speed is limited to low 40ish km/h on the flat with legs spinning like crazy. More sedate paces are generally kept though.
 

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I did 52/20 when I had a SS. Can't remember if it was a 27" or 700C rear wheel. Good in NY stop-and-start traffic.
 

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I was riding 42x16 on my 29er before it was stolen... that was here in FL, land of flat.
 

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56x17 solo on 700x23's (about 3.3:1)
40x15 with trailer on 26x2's (about 2.7:1)
and now 38x17 with trailer and 26x3's! (embarassingly slow 2.25:1)
 

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48-16 700C fixed. If I could coast I would put a 18 on the back.
 

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