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Ride the Rockies gearing?(10 posts)

Ride the Rockies gearing?Jack Madison
Feb 22, 2002 6:44 AM
Does anyone have a gearing recommendation for Ride the Rockies? I plan to use a 12-27 cassette with 39-53 chainrings, but now wonder if that's sufficient for the long 7-10 degree climbs. I'm not a power climber, but get a couple thousand miles of Wisconsin roads a year with some steep but relatively short grades. I don't want to stand on the pedals for hours in addition to dealing with the altitude. I also don't want to totally replace my drivetrain with a triple, new derailleur and mountain bike cassette. What's your experience?
re: Ride the Rockies gearing?MCCL
Feb 22, 2002 7:08 AM
I would not say I am a experianced rider of this tour but have been on it 4 times. The first time I did it was with a triple. All the other times I did it on a 53x26. There are some passes that will tax the heck out of your strength. Grand Mesa is one that always come to my mind. This was like a 24 mile climb and I made a mistake that day (the first day of the tour) to have my 23 on. If you are a strong rider and abide by the recommended milage that is in the web. They have a work out schedule posted in their web pag. This will get you over the passes. It's a shame to see people that make the lottery only to get sagged over the passes. This tour is a serious tour. I have been on some of the worst one's. Year it snowed, year of the mighty climb on the first day, year of the hardest head winds( we had to pedal to go down a mountain) I just always trained hard and went in with a good mind to do it. The last time I had over 2000 miles and it still punished me. But you feel you have accomplished something when you reach the end. Good Luck and maybe I will see you there, the lottery is today. MCCL
53x26? you stud!!!nm
Feb 22, 2002 7:14 AM
53x26? you stud!!!MCCL
Feb 22, 2002 9:47 AM
Gee must of had my head stuck in the big ring. Try 39x53 now I am a little stud puppy. MCCL
39x53!! Now that's a low gear. Climb K2 in that combo.Sintesi
Feb 22, 2002 1:24 PM
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I bet that combo requires a really long reach derailler (nm)ColnagoFE
Feb 22, 2002 1:52 PM
39x53!! Now that's a low gear. Climb K2 in that combo.MCCL
Feb 22, 2002 5:17 PM
Next time I will drink my coffee before submitting or is that submission. BarTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!
You'll be fine with what you've gotpmf1
Feb 22, 2002 7:16 AM
I did this ride last summer. Very nice. Beautiful scenery, big climbs, great descents. The climbs are long, but not very steep. I found the altitude to be the tough part. We went a week early to acclimate. It helped. Two of the climbs peaked at 12,000+ feet. You can ride like Superman for a week after you get home.

My wife used a bike with a triple, but I just used a 12x27 with a 38 tooth inner ring (you can get these from Excel made by Sugino for $18). Probably not a big difference from a 39, but for $18, I figured what the hell.

Enjoy yourself -- its a good tour.
re: Ride the Rockies gearing?ColnagoFE
Feb 22, 2002 8:12 AM
You'll be fine. I ride with my 12x25 and it's plenty of gearing. None of the climbs are that steep.
Thanks for commentsJack Madison
Feb 22, 2002 10:11 AM
Thanks everyone for resolving my question. It seems that the 39/27 will work for me. Heard some varying opinions on gearing from team members who've done the ride in the past, so all viewpoints are appreciated.

Your recollections of the ride have me psyched for the trip. Going with six team members (if we get selected in the lottery).