Couple questions, how hilly is "lots of hills"? What kind of shape are you in? Age/weight?
Here's my history, got a great deal on a bianchi with triple 105 (9 speed) 30-42-52 and 12-27 in back, the 1st year, (last year), I actually wanted lower
gears riding in somewhat hilly North Raleigh NC, I weigh 245 and am 40+ y.o. 5' 10". Worked on base all winter, this year I hardly ever use the 30 tooth ring, I mean RARELY, it's nice to have it there, and if you live in REAL mountains or only ride once in a while, then a triple probably will be of use but otherwise I just think it's unnecessary if you already have a 34/50 compact if you are riding regularly. I have a bad knee, too and riding in the 42 at a higher cadence and lower gear in back is sufficient to keep tendonitis in check. Long car rides create more discomfort than riding up hills.
Go work on base, slow down a little on the hills, switch to a 27 tooth in back and ride a lot (min. 100 miles/week
). A year from now you'll wonder why you ever wanted lower gears.
Originally Posted by 79spartan
Hi, I am a newbie to road bikes. I am considering buying a bike with following components:
Crankset FSA Carbon Pro Compact
Front Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra
Rear Cogs Shimano 105, 10-speed: 12-25
Shifters Shimano Ultegra STI
My question is, I really need a triple for the type of riding I will be doing. Lots of hills. Bike shop has told me all I need to do is change the crankset and one of the shifters. Is this true? How much will this cost?