Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
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First, if you don't need the granny, you could just treat your triple like a double and ignore the little ring, or remove it and reset the fd's inner stop screw. I don't know why your shifting is poor but it isn't because you have a triple.
You will need the compact crank and, maybe a new double fd. If yours is the external bearing 105 (5600) you won't need a new bb.