I do mostly hiway riding commuting & grocery getting.I am running Avon Gripsters,nice fit on bike,but I want to lower revs,what size rear sprocket should I change to?? I am not worried about low end,but would like to cut revs 300-500
If you have to do highway miles the 16 is hard to beat. I did it two years ago and still take a trail if I want to. You just need to remember your gearing when you enter that really nasty looking stretch of terrain. Keep the R's up and use the clutch as needed.
I will add that the combination of higher gear ratio and street orientated tires should be your first clue to stay on the hardtop. I have a 16 front sprocket but run with a good aggressive tread on the wheels. I tried off road riding with a pair of Michelin street tires and it was a mess, especially the front tire washing out on anything slippery.
It seems that with the higher gearing you're always going a little faster than would be ideal when riding on a single track. When you combine this with no bite from your front tire you will be down before you know what hit you.
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