Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: pdx and san diego
Bikes: bianchi volpe and haro bmx
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Originally Posted by Al1943
The reason for the long derailleur cage is to wrap more chain, to avoid slack in the chain. Chain wrap capacity is based on the difference in largest and smallest chainring sizes plus the difference in largest and smallest cog sizes.
*long (short) derailleur cage* was the terminology i needed. i googled and wahlah! came across drew saunders' lovely little page about running a short cage with a triple. interesting.. but i will definitely be switching to a compact double crank and higher/tighter cogset.
tossing my tour gearing wouldn't equate to losing functionality for me. much more the opposite. i never use my granny or the lower cogs. with the bike *feeling* a tad big for me (maybe it actually is a tad big for me), i'm trying for what i can to make it seem less like i'm driving a boat
you are probably right about the "problem" being in my head. it's not a necessity for me to pay so much to switch out something fine. on the same token, i could go the rest of my life without buying another shirt. i could always play my cello strings until they are unable to hold a pitch. i could brew those coffee grinds that have been in the cupboard for a few years. i think building my bike up is something i'd truly enjoy in a worthwhile way. i like giving in to evil. i think if i were truly "evil", i'd go fixie.
thanks to all for all the help!