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Because it makes riding up hills so slow a granny can walk faster

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I hope any grandmothers who frequent the forums do not get offended. I know there are some.
 

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When I go with my small chain ring and my large 34 tooth gear in the cassette I call it "Super Granny". Why? Because it will climb up almost anything, but only goes 3.5 mph. I can walk that fast. ;)
 

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This is an originaly an automotive term..... manual transmission trucks used to come with a super low first gear (and some still do). They were for getting heavy loads moving, as the older trucks were seriously underpowered....no 400hp V8's like today, we're talking 100hp straight sixes.

So, you'd use granny to get the truck moving, then almost immediatly shift into second, as you couldn't get any speed in granny low (driving as fast as your granny walked, probably IS pretty much where the term came from).

The big GMC Topkick box truck we have at work has a six speed stick with granny low. When the truck is empty, we always start it out in second. In first, almost as soon as you've let the clutch out it's already time to shift into second...that diesel redlines at 2.5krpm!

Jeep guys LOVE these transmissions...leave it in first gear, low range, you can literally get out and walk faster than the Jeep is moving. And all the torque from that gearing lets them creep over damn near anything.
 

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I ride 20/30 in front with 12/36 in back. I call the 20/36 combo Great Granny. I don't use it often, but it keeps me going on long technical climbs when my legs go limp.
 
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