I've been sitting here trying to figure out if I want to put a double chain ring or triple chain ring on my Lemond Nevada City when I build it back up.
My K2 came with a triple configuration up front and 12/25 on the rear. I am finding that as I gain strength (and lose weight) I am using the granny ring less and less, but I like having it
What I've been thinking about trying is switching the current 12/25 cassette with a 14/25 cassette. I think I've put it in 53/12 once or twice and would really prefer to have gears I can use instead of sitting back there taking up space and not getting used.
So, has anyone out there with a 39/53 setup used a 14/25 cassette before? If so how did you like it compared to a 12/25?
If memory serves there's about 10 gear inches between a 30/25 and 39/25 - just how much of a difference is that when you're climbing a hill?
Also, does anyone know off the top of their heads how large of a cassette a short cage (tiagra) derailleur will handle?
Should I be considering other ratios on the chain rings instead of the industry standard 39/53?
Finally, just for grins, let's do a poll. Should I build my Nevada City with in double or triple?