Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: AJAX not the soap, Canada
Bikes: 05 Specialized"Roubaix" Campy 10spd.
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Originally Posted by jbrians
I ride in the Escarpment region of S Ontario and although I never have to get off and push I'm anaerobic at the tops of probably 1/3 of the long step hills. I want to be able to spin a bit quicker. My other (older) roadie has a triple with the 30 tooth Granny....
I'm East of you and although the hills are not that severe either, any steep grade is a challenge to me as I grind myself into shape.
I have a Shimano 105 crank 30-42-52 and HAD a Tiagra cassette 12-25. I've recently upgraded to the Ultegra chain and Ultegra cassette 12-27. I doesn't sound like much but the difference is noticeable and my recovery is quicker once at the top with a breath or two to spare. You may need to upgrade to a triple also.
[edit:You and I are about the same age, 51, 5'9" @170lbs. You may not have it in the legs anymore (joke) I know I don't, which is why I retired my mint Miele Alfa double and got a triple crank]
BTW: The spec sheet on my Specialized ROUBAIX states Shimano 105, 9-speed 12x25t. We pulled a Tiagra Cassette off the hub !
"Specifications subject to change without notice" says the disclaimer at the bottom of the spec page.........YA.......RIGHT !
Last edited by Stv; 10-03-05 at 04:31 PM.