Tweaked gears on Optima Stinger

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Just Zis Guy

I ride an Optima Stinger (see which was supplied with road gearing -
specifically a 12-25T 9sp cassette.

Two small problems: first, I am spinning off the top at 40+, and second what with it being winter
and my asthma playing up I am running out of teeth on steeper climbs.

So I decided to fit an 11-32T Deore XT cassette. It took no time to fit, the mech (also Deore)
handled it no problems, and the wider spacing between gears is not an issue although I have to
fiddle with the rings more to get the right cadence on the flat.

I also fitted Tacx sealed-bearing jockey wheels which should reduce the problem of spindle wear
caused by the mech being inches off the ground. The Tacx wheels are very quiet and shift really
cleanly - I'm very impressed!

I will probably tune the rings as well at some point, but right now these mods plus the SON have
made my bike even more practical as a commuter.

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