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Double or Triple(16 posts)

Double or Triplenewrider
Mar 19, 2003 8:07 AM
I'm a new rider buying a bike and I don't know whether I should buy a double or a triple. I will be doing some hills but I'm not sure which I should get....Help!
re: Double or TripleMootsRider
Mar 19, 2003 8:17 AM
I guess it depends on the hills you're going to be riding and your physical abilities. Some might argue that only a double acceptable, but you need to go with what you're capable of using best. Do you ride in an area that has miles of 8+ degree climbs? Is your strength and conditioning at the low end? These are factors to consider.

Why not start with a triple, especially if you're not in good climbing shape. The added weight of the extra ring isn't going to hurt and when you've improved your strength and conditioning, you can go to a double.
I though you've already got LeMondcyclopathic
Mar 19, 2003 8:18 AM
anyways do the search this has been discussed hundreds times.

this is diagram for dummies:

steep hills, long rides, beginner/old/weak rider, one bike -> triples
racer, strong legs, flat country -> doubles

be the bike
Thanks...I did get the LeMond but am trying to...newrider
Mar 19, 2003 10:19 AM
decide if I should have the shop switch out the double for a triple.
Mar 19, 2003 1:03 PM
if they give you a credit for doubles and/or switch bikes (you pay only 50$ more for triple LeMond) go for it. You never know you might move to hillier area, hurt knees or decide to do some touring later on. If anything you just won't use it.
butJS Haiku Shop
Mar 19, 2003 1:08 PM
if they don't give you credit, double -> triple means different cranks, front derailleur, rear derailleur, bottom bracket, and probably a longer chain. the first (and maybe the last) road bike i purchased from a LBS came with double. i asked for triple as per manufacturer's website (specialized--they listed double or triple option for $25 more), they worked hard to talk me out of it, eventually stated a prohibitive price to make the switch. typical bad LBS story. good luck.
Couldn't you just go bigger in the rear?Kristin
Mar 19, 2003 1:12 PM
What are the effective differences between having a 52/42/39 up front and having a 12-28 in the back?
don't be talking 'bout my rear!JS Haiku Shop
Mar 19, 2003 1:19 PM
you could go double with xt and 12-34 in the back and get **almost** the same ratio as 30/27 (just a little steeper). FYI, shimano-equipped triples come with 52/42/30, 'cept d/a, which is 53/39/30.
you can but you might not like itcyclopathic
Mar 19, 2003 1:27 PM
the spacing on mtb cass is too wide so it's harder to find gear you like. Beside wider range triples give you more gears.
cool or practical?Continental
Mar 19, 2003 9:17 AM
For a new rider, (or practically any rider except racers) triple is a practical advantage. You don't know every place you'll ride and every condition you'll encounter. Sooner or later, you'll use the small ring and be glad you have it.
cool or practical?dk411612
Mar 19, 2003 7:31 PM
Having a triple doesn't mean you can't race. I do lots of Masters crits and circuits but I also do long mountain rides. For an over-45 rider there is nothing cooler or more practical than a triple (comments from the smug are a bore but easily ignored).
Mar 19, 2003 9:27 AM
1. What is your fitness level? (Are you a marathoner giving up running to save your knees? Or does thinking about exercise hurt?) No wrong answers here, but it will impact your decision.

2. Where do you live? (i.e. Define hill)

These 2 questions should lead you to the correct answer as to what gears you will need. I started out as a practicle couch potato. My bike is a typical Chicagoland road bike with a 39x52 double and a 12-22 cassette in the back. Someone in Chicago assumes that ANYONE with a road bike should be able to get up ANY hill in Chicago with those gears. Technically, that's true, but it hurts like a sunofa... If your out of shape but don't want the triple, then at least ask the shop to install a 12-28 cassette for you.
I swapped out a triple to a doublemakalu
Mar 19, 2003 9:35 AM
The cassette cluster is 12-25.

One of the main reasons for my road riding is training for mountain biking. My theory is that I don't wanna make it too easy to ride the hills. I wanna really have to work on it, and maybe even struggle. If I had a granny, I would use it, and climbing would be that much easier. And that could self-defeat my whole purpose of being out there.
Eeeks. Methinks your advice could be dangerousKristin
Mar 19, 2003 9:42 AM
If you want to include serious mashing into your training rides...hey, go for it! But you should be careful what you suggest on a general board to people who might be very new to both cyling and fitness in general. You can destroy your knees by mashing up hills.
Mar 19, 2003 9:48 AM
I guess your right. But I didn't really suggest to the poster that he/she should do this, I just stated what I did. General statement to be taken for whats its worth.
re: Double or Tripletechie470
Mar 19, 2003 1:46 PM
When I bought my bike the shop had to order it. The triple cost $50 more for them to order. If they where to upgrade an in stock bike it was going to cost around $200. I guess it makes sense, order what you want first or pay the price to upgrade it later.

I got the triple for $50 and never looked back :)