I think that the consensus in regard to 52-38-28 on the Bates was that if the middle and outer ring have a difference of more than 10 teeth, the problem I experience in having to shift from the inner all the way to the outer, then down to the middle ring is pretty much inevitable. So one assumes that with a 52-40-26 you'll also have to shift from inner to middle by way of the outer.
compulsionrears it's ugly head!
Well I'm off again on another project. I just bought a bike with half step
gearing and I can't say that I like the idea of it very much. I have a bike
with a Specialities T.A., cyclotouriste(sp) crankset,170mm arms, half
step/granny rings, 44/40/26. My question is can I just replace the outer
chainring with, say, a 52t and be back to normal shifting? I have heard
that the front derailleur is different on a bike with half step gearing
(They lost me there!)...hopefully I'll be all right there?
Any advice will be received with much gratitude and points will be built up
in Heaven for those doing such good deeds, I'm sure.