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DO I NEED A TRIPPLE?(4 posts)

DO I NEED A TRIPPLE?likesbikes
May 30, 2001 8:53 PM
I'm planning on riding the "going to the sun" highway in Glacier national park. For those of you familiar with this road, have any of you rode it? I'm curious if my standard 2X8 gearing will be addiquate for this long climb or should I concider a change. I can put on a tripple or run a different cassete.

Any recommendations?

Thanks
re: DO I NEED A TRIPPLE?LC
May 30, 2001 9:09 PM
Do what ever you can to get some lower gears because that is one big mountain! 30 X 26 would be good
re: DO I NEED A TRIPPLE?Kermit
May 31, 2001 8:05 AM
Not knowing your skill level or fitnes, and having only driven the "Going to the Sun Highway", I can offer some limited advice. The road is along a some very steep, often very narrow roads in some treacherous glacial topography. I would use a triple carrying only essentials for the day...but that is just me! If you are going during tourist season, an early start is a good idea in order to avoid traffic. Travelling east to west (lower gradient for the climb) is also recommended. I would like to hear more about your trip once you have successfully completed it. Good Luck and look out for the mountain goats!!
re: DO I NEED A TRIPPLE?Len J
May 31, 2001 8:24 AM
How's your Ego? Can it handle the "I'm not a real cyclist unless I can do hills like the pro's (with a double) mentality"

Are you riding for the experience/view/company or for time?

Just me now, but I'm riding Alaska this summer, Intend on slowing down & enjoying the ride. Once I decided that, then the obvious answer for me was a triple. Why mash Painfully up a hill if I can spin (albeit slower)cleanly up it. I would put the easiest gears I could. Enjoy the ride.

All this is without knowing fitness level, hill climbing experience, ability. Current gearing. etc. My point is that once you decide why you are riding, what your priorities are, then the gearing is a result.

Have fun.