Re: Easy Pedaling
It should make it a little easier. 2.44 to 1 decreased to 2 to 1, a 20% improvement.
It would also be 20% slower. You could also check some other things that might be making it hard to pedal. Tire inflation, chain alignments, dragging brake, sticky links or worn bearings might be grinding you down.
I had the same idea when I was putting the engine on my 29" bike. It turned out to be a non problem, the bike is only a bit harder to pedal than it was before the engine went on, but everything is aligned to a tee and I keep the motor's chain a little slack.
Too tight a chain can pre-load the bearings in the engine and rear wheel causing a drag to peddling.