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New Triple(13 posts)

New Triplerideslikeagirl
Jun 17, 2002 9:24 AM
Just wanted to thank everyone that kicked in their two cents on my triple query a few weeks ago.

I broke it in yesterday.

I gotta say, it's not the sit-and-spin experience I was anticipating, but I certainly see it's value. Not having to stand to keep the cranks turning saves beau coup energy, not to mention knee pain.

It took a couple crank-stopping chain drops to get the derailer dialed in - but once we did that, it purred like a kitten.

It worked so well for me, in fact, that my husband said "If you keep beating me up the hills, that triple's coming OFF!" :)

Thanks again-
re: New Triplefracisco
Jun 17, 2002 9:58 AM
Do you have a cadence computer on your bike? If so, what type of cadence are you spinning at with the triple versus what you were turning at when you were standing on the pedals?
Good questionrideslikeagirl
Jun 17, 2002 10:06 AM
I don't have a computer yet, though. I'm planning on getting the Flight Deck (someday) and will be very interested to compare.

It'll be a slightly different comparison, though, because before, I had a 39 x 26 and now I have a 42 x 27. (I do miss my 39/26 already)

All I know is that there were times that I could BARELY keep them turning over. Ouch-
Replace the 42 ring with a 39..........Len J
Jun 17, 2002 10:08 AM
if you really miss the 39.

strange, but I love 42cyclopathic
Jun 17, 2002 10:39 AM
52 to 42 is a nice drop (not like 52 -> 39), and 42x27 is my climbing gear; I am yet to find a hill I can't ride in this combo. That of cause on fresh legs, granny is my bail out gear.
I'll probably agree with yourideslikeagirl
Jun 17, 2002 11:55 AM
after dropping a few more pounds! :)
I could be wrong but...Lone Gunman
Jun 17, 2002 4:08 PM
There are ramps that assist shifting on the Ultegra 42 triple and I have not seen a 39 offered for the Ultegra triple. DA has a 39 these days for the triple but unsure of the compatability with the Ultegra. Like I said I could be wrong.
I think you're right (nm)Chen2
Jun 18, 2002 6:34 AM
re: New Triplejmr986
Jun 17, 2002 11:16 AM
Congrats RLaG! Hey what was going on with chain drop? The reason I ask is that I just got a new road bike with triple, and dumped the chain off the small cog. I hope it's simply a matter of adjustment too. Oh iFWIW it's Ultegra.
Also Ultegrarideslikeagirl
Jun 17, 2002 11:53 AM
Well, you'd have to ask my mechanic (aka husband). All I know is he grabbed a tool and turned a doo-hickey and viola! I don't even know which doo-hickey, cuz I was upstairs washing off that dang Assos. (prior post)

The front derailer was pushing the chain just a bit too far and throwing it to the inside. He adjusted it so that it just barely pushes into the small chain ring.

I'm sure my technical jargon was absolutely no help. But just be reassured that once it's set, you won't have a problem.

I was initially concerned after reading the posts about that problem - that you had to be REALLY careful when shifting, etc. But, no worries! :)
re: New Triplezray61
Jun 17, 2002 4:01 PM
I'm sorry to read that the new triple was "not the sit-and-spin experience" you were anticipating. I can empathize. I keep on hoping to find that magic bike material, or special part or that goodie the ads promise will make me as fast as Lance and the rest of those guys.

It has not happened yet.

But with training, the postings from this board, talking with other riders, updating equipment - I have experienced measurable progress.
You won't find it a sit and spin ala MTB on road experienceLone Gunman
Jun 17, 2002 4:17 PM
What you will discover is that you will start saving gears when riding up the same hills over time. By saving gears I mean instead of riding up in the say 30x25 as in early season you start doing the hill in the 30x21 and you saved 2 gears already for the same perceived effort and then you realize, gee I could have done that in the 42x25 and the next time you do and you get stronger over time as opposed to risking injury or negative training and avoiding hills all together by altering your route.
Yep and Yep. nmrideslikeagirl
Jun 18, 2002 7:49 AM