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Gearing for cycling in Greenville SC(5 posts)

Gearing for cycling in Greenville SCChainstay
Sep 11, 2002 5:54 PM
I'm going there for a week to ride with my brother. He knows most of the good roads and he wants to take me up Mount Mitchell. I'm gonna die. We don't have mountains in Toronto and he is conditioned to the climbing. Will a 39 x 27 work OK. As far as my conditioning, I have cycled over 3000 miles so far this year and have the kind of legs that only 20 years of cycling can develop. On the downside, I'm 49 years old and about 5 pounds on the heavy side.
re: Gearing for cycling in Greenville SCSantaCruz
Sep 11, 2002 8:44 PM
Ask your brother, only he knows the amount of torture that he will lead you to in a week of cycling. My opinion is that 3000 flat land miles doesn't prepare us for mountains and altitude.
re: Gearing for cycling in Greenville SCMcAndrus
Sep 12, 2002 4:10 AM
My smallest mountain gear is a 39x26 and it seems to suit me well. I live in SC and ride in that area a few times a year.

I used to live in Denver and would ride in the Rockies from time-to-time but it was a full twenty years between riding in Colorado and riding in the Appalachians (mostly Michigan - yes another flatlander). I'd forgotten how to pace myself in mountains, so my first foray to Caesar's Head was tough (but fun).

My advice is to take it easy and don't let your brother goad you into a pace outside your comfort zone.
ditto that 26madstork
Sep 12, 2002 4:37 AM
I've done the Assault on Mt. Mitchell century twice with 12 years between the two rides. First ride I used 39x26, second time used 39x29. I've ridden up the climb before on other rides and always had 39x26. I used the 29 only on the steepest pitches of the road that leads to the top of Mitchell. It was nice to have it but the 26 would have been o.k.

I think you'll be fine at 39x27 if you pace yourself as McAndrus said. The road to the top of Mitchell is kinda tough.
ditto that 26Chainstay
Sep 12, 2002 4:10 PM
Thanks all these posts are helpful advice. Sounds like McAndrus knows my brother.