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Two or Three that is the question(9 posts)

Two or Three that is the questionMart
Jul 14, 2001 12:11 AM
Two cogs at the front or maybe move to three
That is the Question that has been puzzling me
I like to ride on the flat and go up in the hills
But when I get half way up my legs it really kills
Yes half way up the incline I'm sweating blood and tears
It's not that I'm that unfit I've just run out of gears
But I also like to time trial and blast along the straights
Where one cog is better - no penalty of weight
I suppose I could buy two bikes, that really does tempt me
But when I get to the shop my bank account is empty
So double or triple, less or more gears
Or perhaps give it all up and have a few more beers.
re: Two or Three that is the questionLC
Jul 14, 2001 7:41 AM
Clap-clap, nice! A extra chainring does not weigh much, except on your wallet. Now you need a long cage rear derailuer and a longer front too, and maybe new shifters...get the picture? See if you can get a rear cogset with more range. You could even get another spare rear wheel so you can change it quickly depending on how many hill you plan to do.
Jul 14, 2001 8:30 AM
I loved it! Incidentally, go with a wide range cassette. I've found the 12-27 with a 39-53 will allow me to get to the top and have a beer.
I'll second the 12-27look271
Jul 14, 2001 3:55 PM
I've spun past many a gear-grinder going up some of the hill/mountains in the Appalacians(sp?) where I live. Good enough for the ugliest of climbs.
re: Two or Three that is the questionMike K
Jul 14, 2001 9:46 AM
I think that if you need more than a 12-25 cassette on a regular basis than you probably should think about getting a tripple. I keep a 11-23 on my racing wheels and a 12-25 on my training, etc wheels. I live in the middle of the Allegheny mountains so I climb quite a bit. The 12 to 25 is just a fact of life here (and there are times I would kill for a tripple...)
Hey Mart, NICE WORK!boy nigel
Jul 14, 2001 1:57 PM
Bravo on the poetry; cute rhymings, buddy. Are you still trying to decide about the TCR? It WAS you, right?

Anyway, I'd say the same that's already been said. I enjoy some hills as well, and I ride a 12-23 with a standard 39/53 up front. I'm not in super shape, either, but the hills in the NY/NJ area aren't exactly mountains. If you live in the mountains, then I'd suggest a triple or a wide-range cassette (12-27) and a double (39/53). If your area's only moderately hilly, then a 12-23, 12-25, or a 12-27 should work nicely with a double.

Good luck with it, and let us know which bike you're getting.

The Giant TcrMart
Jul 15, 2001 12:06 AM
Yes it was me thinking about the TCR. I have looked at and thought about quite a few bikes. I was almost set on getting the TCR but it was a bit more than my budget. I really did fancy a Cannondale R800. I have settled on getting a Scandium SC61.10A alloy frame (Dedacciai tubing apparently) weighs 1050g - with probably Daytona groupset or a mix. I am ordering it on Monday it will cost quite a bit less than the other options as it is from a supplier that do some really good deals and I can choose the bits I want hanging on the frame. Probably will go with the 39 - 53 and see what choice of rear cassettes they have in Daytona.

Best of luck to you, Mart.boy nigel
Jul 15, 2001 6:35 PM
Too bad about the TCR being out of your budget--it's a super bike, and a super-FUN bike to ride. I'm sure you'll be happy with your new steed, though.

All the best,
Three cheers for Two (with a 12-27 cassette)Homer J.
Jul 14, 2001 4:09 PM
That's what I've got and can climb just about anything.