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Rear cluster for Snake Alley?(4 posts)

Rear cluster for Snake Alley?WrigleyRoadie
Jan 23, 2004 8:06 AM
I know there's a few people that have raced Snake Alley on the board. What do people generally run for gears? I'm super light for my height (5-10, 140 at race weight) and usually don't have much trouble getting over anything with my 12-25 (I don't think I've ever used the 25, actually). Will I be fine, or do I need the 27? An 11 for the descent? I'm NOT going triple! I'll be racing with the Cat5s for the event.
re: Rear cluster for Snake Alley?Anaerobic_Nut
Jan 23, 2004 11:13 AM
With your strength to weight ratio, a 25 is all you'll need. It is steep and slick, meaning it will be hard to get out of the saddle and maintain traction, so a 25 will help to spin a little more while seated.
I did fine with a 12-25lonefrontranger
Jan 25, 2004 9:02 AM
You won't be able to go fast enough on the descent for an 11, unless they've seriously fixed that pavement.

A 25 was sufficient for me, and I'm a girl. Some guys use a 23, but my ex decided at the last minute to use my rear wheel (25 max) instead of his (23 max) and said it was really nice to have the extra gear so he could remain seated.

The key to the Snake is that it's like a MTB race on road bikes. Start position and getting the "hole shot" into the alley is everything. Once you do that and get good position in the top ten or so, if you can maintain a high steady tempo, you'll do fine.
Thanks! (nm)WrigleyRoadie
Jan 25, 2004 2:50 PM