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Newbie?? Double vs. Triple(8 posts)

Newbie?? Double vs. TripleDougS
Aug 14, 2001 6:15 AM
What is the difference between the two and which would be better for a new rider like myself. I found a great deal on a triple and wanted some advise. Thanks
depends on the terrain and your fitnessclub
Aug 14, 2001 6:21 AM
but that should be obvious. If you're riding in the mountains with butter legs, you'll appreciate the triple. If you live in Illinois or Kansas or something, I doubt you'd have much need for it. 'Course, you can have a triple and ride around for years without ever needing the granny, but when you do, there it is. It's not like it weighs a couple of pounds extra to drag around unused. With a double, when you run out of gears, it's suffer-time. And with a triple, you can always put on some fatter rubber and go singletracking, it's lotsa fun, great for your bike handling skills, and really freaks out the dweeb newbies on their shiny new full-suspension sleds.
on which noteJofa
Aug 14, 2001 8:33 AM
I've actually come to riding off-road more and more lately, on my road bike, with my regular 25mm tyres. There are some fireroads and bits of singletrack which function as transitions between nice quiet roads, and I've lately found myself exploring this terrain just for the sake of it. My old mountain bike is in various cupboards in various sad pieces, but the road bike is surprisingly capable in pretty serious terrain... enough to attract some very confused (but mostly enthusiastic) reactions from mountain-bike riders, particularly the 'freeride' element. Grip from the tyres is superb in the dry, dusty, rocky terrain, and 120psi reduces the chance of snakebites... it's gets admittedly pretty hairy especially during fast descents, but is more entertaining than MTB's or even cyclo-crossers, due to the tyres. And, no doubt great practice for bike handling.
I can't see howcyclopathic
Aug 14, 2001 6:38 AM
tripples could hurt you.

they give you:
- lower gearing for climbing/touring
- less jump from outer to middle
- close space cass (12-23 vs 12-27)

all at 1/4lb weight penalty (which even pros wouldn't feel)
other than being heavierColnagoFE
Aug 14, 2001 11:30 AM
they also don't shift as crisply.
its all relativeDaveG
Aug 14, 2001 5:26 PM
perhaps there is a very slight impact to shifting but nowhere near enough that the average rider should care. Today's triples probably shift better than DA or Record doubles from a few years back. And back then folks were raving about how great they were. I think we've pretty much reached the limit on shifting performance. What could make it any better that would make a tangible difference? Even the bottom of the line Shimano and Campy stuff shifts great. When was the last time anyone here missed a shift?
re: Newbie?? Double vs. TripleLone Gunman
Aug 14, 2001 6:51 AM
Depends upon type of riding you do, where you do it. I plan and do ride my bike in all types of paved terrain and have the triple. With the triple, you have (on a 9 speed) 27 total gear combinations. Some combinations provide the same gear ratio, so there is some overlap, no big deal. I will never use that total # of combinations of gear ratio. I use the lowest 4 cassette combinations for the biggest, steepest of hills and early season to avoid injury, 30-19,21,23,25, but for the most part, I am using my middle chainring and all 9 of those combinations 42-12x25, and the top 4/5 cassette combinations in the big chainring,12,13,14,15,17,-52. Analagies abound on this board as to reasons to go or not with a triple. If you live in the flatland (I don't) then get the double, if you live in the hills get the triple. If you get the triple, you don't have to use it. In fact you could adjust your derailer to not shift into it at all. The best example I saw and glad I have the triple was on the '99 Ride for the Roses in Austin. Right before the first rest stop, there was a screaming downhill twisting descent and then a left turn up a wall of a short hill; it was a sea of multi colored lycra and bikes. 99% of the riders were off the bikes pushing, shoulder to shoulder across the road. I dropped into low gear and road up the hill, picking my way past the crowd. I know my limitations and am too proud to push.
Get the triple and learn to spin! [nm]davidl
Aug 14, 2001 5:41 PM