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I am on verge of purchasing my first road bike (and need help)
Firstly: 2 chain rings vs. 3 (27 vs 18 gears)
I told salesmen that the model I want only has 2 and my area has hills. He said could change the rear cog.
The bike is last years model (@ great price) w. 2 rings
It depends on how big the hills are and what kind of shape you are in. If you are new to cycling you may want the triple. You can always swap components later or get another bike.
We have hills and I ride a double without many problems.
01-15-05, 07:07 PM
If you have been riding these hills on a mountain bike or hybrid, you will have some idea of how low a gear you will need to get up. The easiest way to get a lower bottom gear is to get a rear cogset with a wider range, but you dont get as slick shifting. If you get a triple you can have a close ratio cogset at the back and still have a real low bottom gear. However a lot of road bike riders sneer at triple users.
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