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Originally Posted by lecterman
I used to as well....when I was living in North Texas.
But here in NH/VT, I cannot get by doing that. We've got hills just in my little town that will make your butt pucker.
I ride west of Ft. Worth alot and there are some good long sustained climbs out there.... however, I usually use my 39 ring when climbing.
I climbed 4200ft in 12.5 miles (climbing Seirra Blanca mountain in New Mexico) last year and was glad to have a triple ring at the time.
I think I averaged just under 8 mph for the entire climb (it took me an hour and a half). Some parts of the climb were 22% grade, so it was not easy... I don't think I could have climbed it with a double... back then anyways. I can now, and intend on shaving 10 minutes from my ascent this september on a Dura-Ace 53/39 (I'm alot fitter and lighter).
But you are right, it's pretty easy to stay aerobic in the big ring on the flats