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You also have to take into account available gears for efficiency at different speeds and efficiency of the maximum gear.2% means that every 100 pedal rotations, I waste two of them. I pedal at about 70-80rpm for long periods when I'm riding. Each rotation is tiring, as I'm always pushing to maintain cadence.That's a lot of cycles to lose on even a short half-day trip.
I typically use a range of about 7-8 gear combinations on my commute. I use up to 11 on a long distance ride.I also shift regularly in order to maintain cadence, and downshift fully to 2-1 any time I must stop for traffic.
Mountain bikes aren't so bad in the city, just a little slower. I ride mine around for 2 hours all the time. It's not like I have a lightweight either. I think the frame is steel.
Mountain bikes aren't so bad in the city, just a little slower. I ride mine around for 2 hours all the time. It's not like I have a lightweight either. I think the frame is steel.That's actually a problem for me. Two reasons:1) I live in a second-story walkup, and it's probable that I will be living in a higher-storey (but still walkup) apartment in the next two years. It's only sane to store a nice bike indoors, so that translates to carrying the bike upstairs whenever I go home. I want my frame to be as light as possible.2) Every bit of energy I spend moving a heavy frame is energy I can't spend moving cargo. That's a big deal when I'm doing all my groceries for the week.
Hell yeah. With all this readily available bushland, and living near a bunch of decent enough really big hills that are named mountains for some reason, I got plenty of riding in back in the day. Not to mention that pre-car, I rode my bike almost everywhere, and idolised the speed and skill of bike messengers and allycat racers.
When I lived in Cashmere there was a shitload of trails around everywhere. I didn't get very far past that area with a bike though. We never took our bikes anywhere for the most part unfortunately.