My wife just bought a Schwinn Ranger bike from Target. I know it's not a bike from a bike shop, but it's what we could afford and it fit her needs (she's not planning on any serious mountain biking, not yet anyway.|
Here is my question - the bike has 21 gears, with a shifter on one side that has 1-2-3 and the other side has 1-2-3-4-5-6-7, so the combinations of the two make the 21 gears (1-1, 1-2, etc...).
This is her first bike that has gears. It's been more than a decade since the last time I rode a bike and that was a ten-speed road bike. With what I had, the lowest gear (best for climbing hills) was 1st gear. But on her bike, 1-1 (presumably the lowest gear) is still so bloody loose that it's not very good at climbing. That doesn't seem right for a bike, particularly one sold as a mountain bike. Any thoughts? Is the gearing different on these bikes, or on mountain bikes in generally, such that 1-1 IS NOT the best gear for climbing?
Posted by CrazyOkie on 06/30/08
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