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Double or Triple crank?aitos
May 8, 2001 8:58 PM
Two friends finally convinced me to join them on Triathlon races, so
I am forced to buy a decent road bike.

Here is the dilemma:
I have found a hardly used (last years) bike at a great price - top components
(Shimano Ultegra throughout); however it has a double crank.
For roughly the same price I can get a new bike of lower model with
Shimano 105 and Shimano Tiagra mixed components
(brake levers are even lower at Shimano Sora); however, it has a triple

Do I go for the considerably better bike with a double crank or not?

I have been mountain biking quite a bit (rarely use the granny gear),
but last time I road raced was in my teens (12 years ago)
so I have no clue as to my road hill climbing abilities.
On mountain bike I do not have to climb for a long period of time;
it is usually a steep/small uphill followed by a downhill.

I live in central North Carolina (no mountains for the geographically challenged :-) ),

I plan to use the bike for road training and triathlons.

I am leaning towards the better bike; however, any help on what to buy
from the experts would be appreciated.

I know the purists would probably recommend a triathlon bike,
but since I do not know if I will be hooked, I would rather
stick with a road bike.

Thanks in advance

re: Double or Triple crank?chainhead
May 12, 2001 10:42 PM
get the one with the double beacause ultegra is top and you look like a weenie on group ride when you have a granny gear.
re: Double or Triple crank?Chick Westby
May 17, 2001 9:22 AM
I would also say, "go for the better bike." The ultegra is very nice and you would never use the granny, even on training rides. If you need more gear then change your cogs. Most of the cranks now have a 39 and the bike probably has a 12-23 on the back. Some triathletes even leave just one chainring on.

Have fun!