03 Oct '14, 9pm

Keep your bike from eating your pants as you cycle:

Why would you want to have fewer gears on a bike, rather than more? Well, the number of speeds a bike has is largely a marketing gimmick, because as you increase the number of chainrings in the front and sprockets in the back there is more and more overlap between the gears. Combine that with the fact that most casual city riders are only dimly aware of the existence of a front derailleur and only ever ride in one of a handful of gears, and the case can be made for ditching one of the shifters and its associated cables and derailleur.

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