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Purely our of curiosity, do you guys use...(38 posts)

Purely our of curiosity, do you guys use...empacher6seat
May 2, 2002 10:37 PM
double or triple cranksets?
May 3, 2002 1:25 AM
re: Purely our of curiosity, do you guys use...mackgoo
May 3, 2002 1:52 AM
Had one tripple about 5 years ago. It was fine, but I didn't need it. I've gone back to a double.
Record 10 Triple <nm>mhinman
May 3, 2002 2:03 AM
I live in Dallas., It's very flat............. Double (nm)Dave Hickey
May 3, 2002 3:32 AM
May 3, 2002 3:33 AM
double ...tarwheel
May 3, 2002 4:10 AM
but I use a "pancake" cassette, 13-29. works for me. hilly but not mountainous terrain where I live
Yes.Len J
May 3, 2002 4:19 AM
Use double when on the Eastern Shore (FLAT), and triple when I go to the mountains. (Flatlander no comfortable in long mountain passes!)

Double, 12-25 cassette. (nm)Sintesi at home
May 3, 2002 4:23 AM
Double, but lower gears than most triplesRay Sachs
May 3, 2002 4:48 AM
Both of my road bikes have 34-48 double cranks. The "fast" bike (a HIGHLY relative term) has a 12-27, which still gives me as low a gear as a lot of road triples. My "distance" bike generally has a 12-32 or even 12-34, which gives me low gears between the typical road double and a loaded touring or mtb setup. I like the convenience of the double and don't seem to mind the larger gaps between gears. Probably drive a racer crazy, but I aren't one.

May 3, 2002 5:02 AM
Having just gotten into cycling, I find I need that 3rd chainring when I'm climbing. I'll change to a double later on, when I get some decent climbing skills.
May 3, 2002 5:09 AM
Ditto. I like having the third chainring there when I want it. Doesn't mean I have to use it, though.
Double ... two cassettesPaulCL
May 3, 2002 5:05 AM
I have a 13-26 for early season and hilly rides, near mid-season, I'll put on my 11-23 because I'm stronger. With the 11-23, I only lose the 26.
A double - 53X42. 12-21 cassette. DC ain't that hilly (nm)Gregory Taylor
May 3, 2002 5:07 AM
A triple 30X42X52 12-32 cassette, sure it is.MB1
May 3, 2002 6:40 AM
We are doing the brevet series. Ever do the climb to "Big Flat" in the middle of a 300K?
You Brevet types are the good kind of nuts...Gregory Taylor
May 3, 2002 7:10 AM
I concede that a triple would be VERY useful there. There also have been times in the Shennendoahs where I would have sold my soul for a 25 cog or a third chainring. Kennedy Peak comes to mind.
Of course most days in town we just ride SS. nmMB1
May 3, 2002 7:51 AM
Big Flat isn't the worsecyclopathic
May 3, 2002 10:46 AM
it only comes ~50mi, tommorrow ;) BTW on 400km we will climb it from Shippensburg side, lesser grade but more climbing, and if I am not mistaken it is past 150mi mark.

My personal favorite is Coxey it is a bit tougher, esp if you do it at 100mi/13,000' mark
May 3, 2002 5:26 AM
3 for meCartman
May 3, 2002 5:57 AM
When I bought my bike, I didn't know what to get, so the LBS said a beginner should get a tripple. I only use the granny gear when I climb mountains (litterally) or at the beginning of the season this year due to overcoming a knee injury. My next bike will be a double.
re: one of eachdzrider
May 3, 2002 6:01 AM
Triple on my "good bike" with 12-23 cassette

Double on my commuter with 13-26 cassette
Double, butdjg
May 3, 2002 6:04 AM
with the record long cage rear (12-26 on one bike and 13-29 on the other).
Double, but wish it was tripleentropy
May 3, 2002 6:05 AM
52/39 up front, 11 to 28 in the back. Works fine even in my region (central Switzerland, so no hills, just mountains). I get up the slopes with these gears, but find it very hard to ride the pace of other people in a group, because i can never pedal at a frequency i would normally choose (gears in the cassette are spaced pretty wide, it's 8gear).
Double, but wish...madstork
May 3, 2002 6:13 AM
for a triple after practicing on Mt. Mitchell last weekend. Riding buds had triples and I was envious of their ability to spin while I grunted up in 39x26 on my steel machine. Short-term solution will be a 13x29 cassette this year, but probably a triple next year for Mitchell and other mountain rides(maybe a climbing bike - "honey, you know I'm not getting any younger, and the shop has this great deal ..."). For my daily rides on flat to rolling terrain a double is fine though.
re: Purely our of curiosity, do you guys use...ALBikeGuy
May 3, 2002 6:34 AM
my "main" bike has a double

I have a "rain" bike that has a triple

and a fixed which, of course, has a single!
re: Purely our of curiosity, do you guys use...Jekyll
May 3, 2002 6:42 AM
Double, swap between 12-23 and 12-27 depending on ride. Central PA is tad bit "hilly."
double for road, triple for MTB (nm)ColnagoFE
May 3, 2002 6:48 AM
2 singles, 3 doubles, 2 triples, whatever it takes nmDougSloan
May 3, 2002 6:50 AM
Triple for me.Miklos
May 3, 2002 6:53 AM
The triple is what work the best for me. I am a large guy, 6'2" tall and built like a football player. That means I have about 230 lbs to haul around. While I also enjoy that flats for sustained higher speed rides, I much prefer the hills. I usually don't need the lower gears, but when I do, I'm sure not ashamed to use them. Like most larger riders, I am most efficient climbing when seated. At 38 years old and lots of physical abuse on my body, I am thinking of how I can make it last at least another active 38 years. The triple is like an insurance policy for my knees. If I didn't ride the hills it would be another story.

re: Purely our of curiosity, do you guys use...Andy M-S
May 3, 2002 7:06 AM
From Wisconsin's West Coast, a standard double (53/39) with a 12/21 or 12/23 cogset. On my single speed, a single (42) with a single cog (19).
in Colorado...I use a (53/39) with either a 13x26 or 12x25ColnagoFE
May 3, 2002 7:23 AM
53 x 39 with a 12 x 30 rear cassette...Slowclimber
May 3, 2002 7:26 AM
That get's me up anything around here. I would however like to have closer spacing on the rear cassette for the flats around here.
Campy Racing TMe Dot Org
May 3, 2002 8:32 AM
Triple (Campy Racing T - 27 speed - before the Record Triple). 95% of my rides I never use the 3rd ring. If I'm doing a Century I will drop to the little one to save my legs a bit. The only other time I will use it is if I bonk or have exceptionally long climbs.
May 3, 2002 8:47 AM
Veloce triple on one bike, Centaur double on another. Use the right tool for the job.
53x39 and 12x27 cassette. Utah mountains. nmBrooks
May 3, 2002 8:49 AM
Ditto here nmIcefrk13
May 3, 2002 9:47 AM
Two doubles, several cassettes (nm)Chen2
May 3, 2002 12:19 PM
one of eachChaz_cycles
May 3, 2002 3:54 PM
I have one of each. A triple (53,39,30) on my long distance bike for double centuries and above. Then the double (53,39) is used for almost anything else. Last but not least a single speed (flip hub) for fun.