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why do people with double chainrings say(19 posts)

why do people with double chainrings sayesbike
Aug 24, 2002 12:48 PM
"hey, no fair" when I pass them on a hill while I'm in my triple? This happened again on a century I did recently. My thinking is, if you would actually be *faster* with a triple, then, my friend, you do not have enough gearing. I don't see this as a "fairness" issue, given that I have to lug my relatively heavy ultegra triple group up every climb. Why can't they just face it that I beat them up the hill?
GregJ
Aug 24, 2002 1:01 PM
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Human nature?Kerry
Aug 24, 2002 1:06 PM
It's clearly a stupid comment. You'd think that when somebody on a light bike passed somebody on a heavy bike, the heavy bike rider would say "no fair" too, but they seem to recognize that it's more likely the motor than the bike. Because the triple is easy to see, this seems to (occasionally) stimulate stupid remarks.
Its a matter of pridePODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Aug 24, 2002 1:49 PM
It is truely a matter of pride for a lot of people. A lot of people think they are fast and that they are fastest with doubles since thats what all the pros use. Using a triple would be an embarrassment and bring you shame... everywhere except the hills. Go figure.

Cheers,
Nick
PodiumBound.ca
Poke your eye out with a hot fork!filtersweep
Aug 24, 2002 2:30 PM
I think many people here would rather poke their eye out with a hot fork rather than be seen riding a triple.

Logically, a triple adds maybe 60g of weight? Something like that, but it is not much... Sure the chainring looks clunky. Sure everyone makes fun of high end bikes with triples in the gallery, but it seems like the LBSes stock a very high percentage of triples (maybe it is marketing: you can buy this bike with "only" 18 gears or this bike with 27, your choice... and the "more is better" thinking takes over for the newbie contemplating a 5200).

I'll admit my previous bike had a triple. Frankly I find that a double shifts better (zero deraileur noise) due to fewer chain angles (the trim never really worked on that bike). Also, living in the midwest, I never needed the granny gear- we have a few hills, not mountains.
Poke your eye out with a hot fork!esbike
Aug 24, 2002 2:49 PM
I hardly use the granny gear on rides around my home which include some steep grades of up to 10%, but on long rides like centuries, I prefer to maintain a good cadence so as not to burn myself out. I think it all boils down to cadence: if you have the power to maintain a high cadence with a double, then that's right for you. If you don't, I think you are just kidding yourself. I'm sure the pros would use triples if that made them faster.
who's buying those triples?DaveG
Aug 24, 2002 3:09 PM
Triples are like Barry Manilow albums... millions sold but no one will admit to owning one! I see a lot of triples in the shops so obviously folks are buying them. I am fortunate enough to own a triple and a double bike, so I pick the one that suits the terrain and my mood. I agree that front shifting is a bit less crisp, but its not enough to make me feel it is a major disadvantage.
re: why do people with double chainrings sayfirstrax
Aug 24, 2002 2:53 PM
I like to think their just making conversation. These are probobly the same people that say "workin'hard or hardly workin'". Or "hot enough for ya".
re: why do people with double chainrings saygot2ryd
Aug 24, 2002 4:01 PM
I agree! besides, who cares if you ride a double, a triple or whatever. what matters is if you ride! ride on!
Agreed. Just social banter.jtolleson
Aug 24, 2002 6:06 PM
Probably not laden with the meaning you want to ascribe.

When I'm passed on hills I usually make the crack "hey! You are making me look bad!" And it really isn't any more significant than saying "hello."
Yeah I'd say they're just joking with ya'. nmLeisure
Aug 24, 2002 9:34 PM
I have a triple on my century bike,STEELYeyed
Aug 24, 2002 4:02 PM
and am not ashamed of it,frankly I usually pass alot of double ring people so fast on climbs that they don't have time to say anything stupid,if they do I don't respond. I can't see having a triple on a dedicated racing bike though,the double on my race bike is more dependable.
Switch to the middle ring and show them it's not the bike nmfbg111
Aug 24, 2002 4:59 PM
i dont say that...and i never get dropped on hills...nmCarbon fiber fanatik
Aug 24, 2002 6:09 PM
what about people w/ triples and still get dropped? D-oh!Fez
Aug 25, 2002 4:37 AM
I see the reverseColnagoFE
Aug 26, 2002 6:38 AM
I always get people WITH triples bragging about how they never resort to using the small chainring. I always tell them that I would have used it if I had it. Why have a triple and not use it?
I'm lame and proud of it!!seejoy
Aug 26, 2002 8:02 AM
I live in a very hilly area of eastren PA. and just started road riding. The bike I am using has a triple and I use it on just about every steep hill. Maybe some day I will be strong enough not to need it as much and that would be great.Most folks I ride with, men, have doubles, and do great on the hills, and they are ahead of me at present. I do not mind because I am on my bike with a great group of people enjoying myself and getting stronger every ride. It's no matter to me how many rings someone has, it's selfish to say but it's about me and the bike.
Admitting they're weak.grzy
Aug 26, 2002 8:08 AM
Only an idiot brings a knife to a gun fight and then complains about it.

If you're the stronger rider then statying in taller gearing is faster, but if you're weak then it's slow and you'll tire sooner. So really they're complaining about selecting the wrong gearing for their ability and the ride.

I agree with you - they can buy a triple just as easily as you did.
I usually say..dotkaye
Aug 26, 2002 9:46 AM
"NOW I wish I'd bought a triple"

but it's mostly meaningless, just making conversation for the most part. Actually I've not been passed by a triple yet, that's what I say when I pass them.. hah! But I have a stealth 38x26 low..