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so.. what is wrong with triples?(19 posts)

so.. what is wrong with triples?cyclopathic
Oct 4, 2002 9:46 AM
even world's best climber Heras used triples on L'Angliru
"World's best Climber"?TJeanloz
Oct 4, 2002 9:54 AM
Um, where did it get him? Second place in the Vuelta. Which isn't bad. And for the record, there's nothing wrong with a triple, for L'Angliru.
yeah, it wasn't his Vueltacyclopathic
Oct 4, 2002 10:37 AM
only 4 mnt top finishes and one of them he passed wasn't steep enough. When he won Vuelta in '00 route had 7 top finishes.

If he could only TT better, GT winners can't afford loosing 3min+ in TT
i'm totally over all this triple snobbery bullsh!t.JS Haiku Shop
Oct 4, 2002 10:10 AM
and have decided after my latest acquisition that all future bikes will be triples unless they're singles or tt/tri bikes.

ride what you want, wear what you want, don't be qualified by anyone else.

of course, CP, i know that you're already there.

i'm totally over all this triple snobbery bullsh!t.The Human G-Nome
Oct 4, 2002 10:21 AM
i suggest a DeRosa Merak with Record Triple! (erah, someone might suggest this)
weight limitJS Haiku Shop
Oct 4, 2002 10:24 AM
they don't make those for people that weigh over 75 pounds. duh.
Can we add stem nazism to your sage comments, please?sn69
Oct 4, 2002 10:25 AM
If triples get more people out on bikes, how bad could they be? If riser stems and lots of spacers do the same then they are good as well as far as I'm concerned.

New dream ride:

Merlin Newsboy, bar-end shifters, moustache bars, and a two-cheeck paradigm saddle, ridden while wearing a Hawaiian shirt, baggie shorts and Chuck Taylor high tops....

and mountain bike shoes/pedalsJS Haiku Shop
Oct 4, 2002 10:28 AM
seems all the really long long distance guys i've seen at recent longer rides are either in mtb shoes or mtb SANDALS.
Sandals I dig, butsn69
Oct 4, 2002 10:38 AM
I'm still thinking Chucky Ts with old school straps. You are the Death Valley double a couple years ago, the ultra folks were all in MTN pedals/shoes. Likewise, they all had upright positions.

I used to look down on 'bents until that race. While I tried to ride and eat in the bitter cold that morning, a guy rode by on his 'bent happily balancing, spinning and eating a hot bowl of oatmeal. That was almost as cool as the one-legged solo cyclist who dusted my two man team at 24 hours of Adrenaline the year before.

We least some of us do....
for good reasoncyclopathic
Oct 4, 2002 10:50 AM
Look cleats neither easy to walk around nor they last long. Granted on 100-150mi ride you will encounter at least one traffic light, stop sign, run out of water or take a pee break. Besides, who rides a century w/o lunch stop? ;)

Said all above I draw the line I will never ride with anyone wearing SANDALS this is totally unacceptable
no problem with sandals or mtb shoes hereJS Haiku Shop
Oct 4, 2002 10:54 AM
just wouldn't wear the sandals myself, as i like having all 10 toes. i do wear mtb shoes through winter on any of the bikes, but am considering using them on all longer rides in the future.

the fashion police typically aren't out riding in winter while i'm on the road in mtb shoes on my 'cross bike with the triple with 2cm of stem spacers and mtb gears.

Oct 4, 2002 4:03 PM
If it's got more than 1 gear, why not have as many as you can get? Yea, I can climb the climbs near me with a 12-27, but it would be easier, and possibly faster, if I could gear down some more. Seriously thinking of switching the kg to a triple. I'm getting rid of the Mektronics so here's my chance.
nothing. nmMXL02
Oct 4, 2002 10:36 AM
nothing inherently, but what chainring opitions are there?PdxMark
Oct 4, 2002 10:44 AM
Campy has 53/42/30 and 50/40/30

Shimano has 53/42/30 -- anything with a 39 middle ring?

Triples are fine. Get what you want. Who cares what the Bike Fashion Police have to say.

For me though, and the hills I ride, a 42 tooth middle ring doesn't suit me very well for the cassettes I like. In that case, I ironically have a harder time finder the gear that I like in a 53/42/30 than I do with 53/39. A 53/39/30 triple would be a good set-up for me on really long steep hills, but Campy doesn't have it, and I like Campy...
Dura Ace?cyclopathic
Oct 4, 2002 11:03 AM
DA cranks come in 53/39/30 only. Shimano and Campy FD have the same pull ratio; you can run DuraAce cranks/BB/FD with Campy shifters and rear, if it makes you tick.

But unless you plan assult on l'Angliru, I doubt you'd really need triples with Campy. 38t front and 29t rear is as good as 30t granny with 23t cass.
Dura Ace double with XTR rear der and cassetteNiwot
Oct 4, 2002 1:26 PM
Shimano's top three road groups (DA, Ultegra, and 105) are fully compatible with their XTR and XT mountain components. You can run a 53/39 DA crankset with a XTR or XT rear derailleur and a XTR or XT cassette, which will give you up to a 34t cog in the rear, and that's a lower gear ratio than those DA triples the USPS boys were using on L'Angliru.
I just set this up....Colorado Ron
Oct 4, 2002 1:46 PM
last night and will ride it this weekend. 53/39 front 12-34 rear XTR cassette with XTR rear der. Shifted great on the rollers. I'm guessing it's going to make the long Colorado climbs more enjoyable for a 45 year old left knee that's already seen two sharp knives. If I wear setting up a new bike I would have just gone with the triple though.

By the way, if Spoke Wrench reads this, you method for determining chain length was easy and worked great.
I'm going to France next July...Elefantino
Oct 4, 2002 5:48 PM
and I'm going to put D-A triple on the Serotta.

Nothing like a snappy comeback that goes, "yeah, but it came in handy on l'Alpe d'Huez"

Me too.look271
Oct 4, 2002 6:36 PM
At least it looks that way. Won't bring the Look, though. We'll be staying at my in-laws and they have bikes and I can use one. Don't think it'll have a triple, though! =(