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Gears for San Francisco?(7 posts)

Gears for San Francisco?LC
Apr 14, 2003 9:04 AM
I will drive down so I might as well take one of my bikes on Vacation to S.F. from Seattle. What kind of hills can I expect? I hear it is hilly, but is it worse than Seattle? I plan on exploring the city and also the coast North of SF. Do I need my triple bike or is a 39x27 good enough? I am in pretty good shape, at least good enough to hang in the middle of a Cat 4 pack but not enough to place. Still some hills around here are too hard to make without killing myself in 39x27 when the grade gets around 21%.
re: 42x15 fixie works greatcyclopathic
Apr 14, 2003 9:25 AM
yeah right ;)

SF and Seattle are about the same steep grades short hills
covered in a recent threadDougSloan
Apr 14, 2003 9:27 AM
If you are in good shape and don't mind standing a bit, a 39x27 should be fine. If you want to sit and spin, on the steepest hills a triple might be needed.
re: Gears for San Francisco?Fender
Apr 14, 2003 9:33 AM
I use a 39x23 and get away with it for most hills including Mt. Tam. I had a 12x27 but I found myself spinning out (while using a 24 in the rear) and not advancing. My teammates use 39x25 and I'm always on their wheel or setting the pace up climbs. Sometimes I even manage to get a few seconds on them. I'm a cat 4 rider and a pretty good power climber. I wouldn't worry about a triple up front or a 12x27. 12x25 should be more than enough.

While here in S.F. make sure you ride up Mt. Tam via Stintson Beach. Awesome views and if it's foggy/drizzly it has this "euro" feel. Be extremely careful while exploring the city.
A definitive answerThe Human G-Nome
Apr 14, 2003 9:39 AM

still, the best riding isn't found in San Francisco proper. you'd have to traverse Golden Gate bridge and ride around north bay. my advice if you're here on a Saturday is to drop in on the group ride that leaves from CityCycle every saturday morning at 8:45 a.m. you can check out ride information under events on their web page:

if you do happen to drop in on that ride, say "hi" to Raymond on the blue Ciocc.

that UCSF Hillway ride on Parnassus by the way, is one of my normal, weekly training rides and i wasn't at all surprised to learn that it's 25%. i definitely spend most of my time out of the saddle before heading on to Sutro.
Blue Ciocc...Did I see you at The Freewheel?PseuZQ
Apr 14, 2003 12:12 PM
...a coupla weeks ago? Yeah, I know it's a long shot. Just curious.
Blue Ciocc...Did I see you at The Freewheel?The Human G-Nome
Apr 14, 2003 2:49 PM
there aren't too many blue Ciocc' out there so it's probably not that much of a long shot, but it wasn't me. i did ride with SFTri Club a couple weeks ago though and i know they do lots of business with Freewheel.