Compact Crank Set with 12-27 (10 sp) Cassette?
Need some advice! Will I be wasting time getting a 12-27 (10 sp) cassette with a compact crank set? Advice, experience, or thoughts on this kind of a set-up?
I'm modifying the road bike for triathlons. Training rides and courses are hilly with some long climbs. One course is a 9% grade with a small section at 12%. I'm a "larger" cyclist with the time clock seeming to tick faster and faster that has some "difficulties" with hills! (Hmmmm size might be one issue!) I know I have several alternatives including:
1) Only go down hill
2) Avoid the hills altogether
3) Loose weight (which I'm doing already)
4) Change the bike set-up (cassette and cranks)
I'm opting for choices 3 and 4! The fun really begins after you have crested the hill! Downhill is a kick . . . but, ya gotta climb the hill first!
THANKS for your CONSTRUCTIVE thoughts and suggestions!