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Which cassette will get me up the Pyrenees?(6 posts)

Which cassette will get me up the Pyrenees?Russ
May 12, 2001 9:45 AM
Can anyone suggest what cassette I'll need for serious climbing?
My lowest gear on the road is usually 39x25, and I need it on really steep climbs.
I'm going to the last 10 days of the TDF and will be attempting some climbs in the Pyrenees. I'm around 220 lbs. The bike will be light, with Racing Triple, 30/42/52.
Off road, I go as low as 20x28. I use that gear more than I'd like to admit.
I'd rather have one or two cogs I may never use, than not to be able to spin on and on.
Here's the options, all 9-speed:
11-21, 11-23, 12-21, 12-23, 13-23, and 13-26.
re: Which cassette will get me up the Pyrenees?JohnG
May 12, 2001 11:00 AM
Dang, with a frigin 30X25 you should be able to climb a tree... ;) Seriously, that sounds like plenty of gearing UNLESS you are carrying all of your gear. Sounds unlikely since you mentioned the bike will be light. You won't gain much by going to a 26.

Can you tell us the tour company you are using? I'm considering doing that same thing next year. Give us a review when you come back also. :)

good luck JohnG
re: Tour Co.Russ
May 12, 2001 2:33 PM
I'm going with Australians, Bikestyle Promotions, run by a guy named Lawrie Cranley. You can check it out by going to and clicking the icon on the left on their home page.
When ah think of climbin' tha Pyr-ah-Knees ...Breck
May 13, 2001 7:45 AM
im' ...Lost in the Ozone Again ...on Compact Cassette*:
" We've Got A Live One Here "
Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
MCA 1976

or another climbing cassette:
" I'm Always On a Mountain When I Fall "
Merle Haggard
MCA 1978

cheers [:)
" Sometimes I Just Feel Like Smilin' "
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Electra 1971

* Compact Cassette 'Hysterical' Note:
developed by Norelco -North American Philips, a Dutch owned Co. First steer-e-o musical app was the Ampex Micro 20, bout 1969. " The Rolling Stones Big Hits High Tide and Green Grass " wuz me first early pik but are un-playable now because the now 30+ yrs. old tapes were acetate base, later changed to mylar.
re: Which cassette will get me up the Pyrenees?ScottV
May 13, 2001 9:26 AM
It really depends. When I went to the Tour in 96 my lowest gear was a 39 X 26. I had some trouble on the steep climbs but overall I was ok. Then again I weight 160 lbs. I think you'll be fine with a triple and a 13- 26. Might as well enjoy your vacation.
re: Which cassette will get me up the Pyrenees?Pina
May 15, 2001 11:39 PM
I can tell you I need a 39 x 28 to climb the Mt Ventoux and it wouldn't have hurt if I would have had a 29 cog! Be prapered for the cold when you climb the Cols of the Pyrenees. The weather can change rapidly in the mountains.

Good luck! Pina