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    Brian L. Baker Hardheadmandca's Avatar
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    Double or triple crank for big folks?

    As I mentioned in another post, I am in training to do the Century around Tahoe in June with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training.

    That ride goes from 5000 feet to 7100 feet during the ride, with, I understand, some pretty good hill work.

    I am heavily leaning toward buying a used Calfee Tetra Pro, all carbon framed bike.

    I weight 270 now and am about 6' even.

    Some of my larger, and more experienced team mates are firm in their belief that a guy my size need a triple chain ring for the climbs in the ride.

    As you might have guessed, the Calfee I have my heart set on is a double chain ring. It has a 9 gear rear, while my current bike has only seven.

    What say you?

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    Get the triple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardheadmandca
    As I mentioned in another post, I am in training to do the Century around Tahoe in June with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training.

    That ride goes from 5000 feet to 7100 feet during the ride, with, I understand, some pretty good hill work.

    I am heavily leaning toward buying a used Calfee Tetra Pro, all carbon framed bike.

    I weight 270 now and am about 6' even.

    Some of my larger, and more experienced team mates are firm in their belief that a guy my size need a triple chain ring for the climbs in the ride.

    As you might have guessed, the Calfee I have my heart set on is a double chain ring. It has a 9 gear rear, while my current bike has only seven.

    What say you?
    Depends on how strong and comfortable pulling a hill you are! I ride a triple, but it's a half step on the high gears and a granny low small ring for touring with a load!
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    If it has a compact double you might be okay, although a triple would provide you better gearing overall. Also, at 270lbs you might want to consider aluminum or steel over carbon. I'm ~220 and I'm scared to death of carbon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RacerMike
    I'm ~220 and I'm scared to death of carbon.

    Mike
    I am about the same weight and have been riding carbon - old carbon at that, for years (same bike since '94).

    Compared to the cost of a used Calfee, a change to a triple would not cost that much more - FD, RD, Crank and BB. Pick them up near new off eBay. When I was 260, there was no question to me that I needed my triple. -40lbs later I can begin to visualize getting by with a compact but I probably won't go out of my way to switch anytime soon.
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    The triple might not be needed for training but it is great to have the lower gearing for the century, just might make a difference. @ 265 I ride with a triple and would never consider a double possible in my case.

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    If you have lots of hills, I'd say tripple, if not and you live in a flat area like I do in Florida, get the double. My granny gear is just added weight and of no use to me.
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    I googled it, what a beautiful ride... That beng said, get a triple.
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