so this weekend i went to do some nasty hilly riding in Western Ma/Eastern NY, and it dawned on me i’m grossly unprepared gear-wise. Currently I ride a 36x52, 11x26 transmission which is more than sufficient for where I live (Boston Metro). So I was wondering about a cheapo way to increase the range by slapping a 34 tooth inner ring on my current set up. Question: will it shift properly? will it ruin my ride? is a 18 tooth too much of a difference?
Please chime in. I’d also get a 11-28 or higher cassette to match the inner ring.