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Old 07-27-2013, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr Downtown View Post
When you have an 18- or 24-speed bike, you're always covering as much ground as you can with the torque you choose to exert (unless you're in the highest gear). Right?
You're exactly right about this. If it was about covering more ground per pedal stroke, they could just have fitted larger chainrings, which would raise the gear ratio. And 16-inch folding bikes ARE fitted with larger chainrings (and sometimes smaller cassettes) for this reason.