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Old 05-12-09, 09:01 AM   #1
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Who's going to call Lance and the boys to say HTFU?

Because they're sporting a rather Wussy 39 x 25 granny gear for today's Giro stage and its 17% grades.

I'm not calling them. Maybe somebody else here will volunteer.

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I'd need a quadruple crank for a 17% grade.
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What do you use to get up Mt. Doom, pops? Besides a call to Mrs. Pcad.
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I do most of my climbs in 39X23. Does that make me better than Lance?
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no. Just slower...
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Where do you have mountains with 17% grades???
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I do most of my climbs in 39X23. Does that make me better than Lance?
In Illinois.....OK, Peoria Heights has some reasonable climbs if you're doing repeats, I guess, but c'mon.
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What do you use to get up Mt. Doom
39 x 25 when I'm toast, 39 x 23 when my legs feel better. Steepest grades here are 16-18%, longest stretch that's 15%+ is probably 120-150 meters long. It can suck when you're tired. Hitting a grade like that on a 100 mile Giro stage would be rather nasty.
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Where do you have mountains with 17% grades???
We now live in northern Pensylvania, there are many big climbs on my routes out here. We moved out of Peoria awhile ago

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In Illinois.....OK, Peoria Heights has some reasonable climbs if you're doing repeats, I guess, but c'mon.
The the big hill behind the Peoria CC was on my route when I lived there. I almost hit a deer at the bottom at full speed. Be careful at dusk.
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The two 10%ers round here I just ride in the 50x17 (at 87ish RPM)....Is their a better option?
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The two 10%ers round here I just ride in the 50x17 (at 87ish RPM)....Is their a better option?
These are either rollers (i.e. very short, not climbs), or it's BS. Nobody rides 10% climbs in a 50x17 at 87rpm. Not even the pros are climbing 10% grades at over 18mph.
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We now live in northern Pensylvania, there are many big climbs on my routes out here. We moved out of Peoria awhile ago.
doesn't that make you RichinScranton or something?
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If you need less than 46x19, you live in too hilly of an area.
Speed is the name of the game.
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If you need less than 46x19, you live in too hilly of an area.
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...from the guy in Florida.
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...from the guy in Florida.
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BTW - 52x46 paired with a 12-19 straight bloc was the gearing of choice on my bike throughout the 8-speed 90's. Racing in FL and Belgium required nothing less and nothing more. And best of all, it gave me perfect choices constantly.

Can't do that in the mountains
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doesn't that make you RichinScranton or something?
Can you change your "name" somehow without creating a new account?
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Can you change your "name" somehow without creating a new account?
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=304417
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