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NT gearing question(4 posts)

NT gearing questionseyboro
May 5, 2003 2:36 AM
If you have ridden the Natchez Trace Parkway, this question from the flatlands is for you: Which gears did you ride in the hillier section going towards Nashville? I have gotten somewhat conflicting advice and would like to add to the confusion. Thanks in advance.
Loaded or unloaded? What kind of shape are you in?MB1
May 5, 2003 4:24 AM
Unloaded a double chainring touring setup ought to be fine unless you normally ride very little.

If you are carrying a load there can never be enough gears.
Loaded or unloaded? What kind of shape are you in?seyboro
May 5, 2003 12:22 PM
We'll be going unloaded with relatively strong riders who are used to fast and/or long rides in mostly flat eastern NC. What I need to determine is the kind of terrain we'll be riding. Contacting local clubs has not yielded much help thus far. Are we talking long and gradual? Short and steep? Gradients? What were YOU using in the rear?
11-21 and 12-23 are the most common clusters out here in the flats, usually with a 39/53 up front, some ride a 42/53. Triples - unheard of...
I was hoping to get by with a 25 or 26(for the campy-guys) and not have to resort to our usual Mt.Mitchell/B2B setup -a frisbee in the back and an XT rear derailleur.
Go with your "Frisbee in the back and an XT rear derailleur".MB1
May 5, 2003 12:51 PM
Only the Northern 90 miles or so are hilly. There your problem will also be when you go on and off the trace for services. You will only find water on the Trace, for food and motels you are going to have to ride a ways off the Trace.

I would bet you could get by with a 26 or a 27-after all it ain't my back and legs. We did it on our Santana tandem with a wide range triple; we used all our gears and were glad to have them.

There were the usual mix of hills, some long, some steep, some long and steep. They felt longer and steeper after a week of 100 mile days. Our longest day was around 130 miles, we never did less than 100 miles a day.

We were riding unloaded with a friend along who drove from one hotel to the next-we never saw her on the road. We were pretty bored with the Trace by the end of our trip-only the Northern hilly end had any views at all worth seeing. Otherwise it was just a hammer fest for a week.