I'm usually happy with my Vaya's 2X10 48/34 and 11-36 gearing. Certain rides, like last years Midnight Century that almost did me in, have me dreaming about lower gearing for those Big Rides with Hills and Then More Hills.
(Speaking of the MC, I finally looked at the official unofficial results, and I finished 14 out of 25 finishers that signed in! I was sure I was almost last. I thought there were more ahead of me - there might have been that didn't sign in).
Searching for lower gears is easier than actually getting in shape, and building strength. What I need is a 32t, or better yet a 30t. I searched, but no 110BCD option found for a single 32 or 30 ring. Checked my bike, got the ruler out, did more research. Ohhhh...maybe 32 or 30 isn't possible.
But wait! I ran across a post on Bike Forums that mentioned some bikes like the Specialized Diverge & Sequoia that have a 110 X 32.
FSA has a new Omega MegaExo 48/32 and 46/30 (but maybe it's not really 110BCD) . One problem - doesn't seem to be available yet, or is OEM only. Oh well, I'm not sure about BB compatibility.
Luckily, there're more brands working to help riders like me. Praxis is mentioned having a 48/32, and Compass has more options at $435 which is more than I want to spend. And somehow I overlooked White Industries VBC (Variable Bolt Circle) rings.
I'm going to look at these options closer, and in the meantime start climbing stairs on my breaks and/or lunch. Paulsen Center, here I come!