Today was the first proper ride I did with a new crankset with larger rings. Who knew a slightly larger chain ring could make such a difference? I get to use more gears on my cassette, and it feels like I have more usable gears as well. Apparently gear ratios are a thing. I was not prepared for how much of a difference two more teeth would make on a chain ring.
(I’m not sure how I should account for also having a saddle that fits, perfect weather, and a new bottom bracket as well.)