Here at New York City Recumbent Supply we have officially banned the phrase “granny gear” to describe that single easiest, hill-climbing gear on a bicycle. It’s sexist terminology and has no place in this shop. Also, I’m among many recumbent cyclists who frequently find themselves using that gear on steep hills; so what does that make me? Yes, a granny.
So, from now on, that single easiest, hill-climbing gear on a bike shall be known as the “mountain gear.” That makes me, and everyone else who uses that lowest gear, a mountaineer. And I like that better.