Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-17-07, 03:37 PM   #1
Hardheadmandca
Brian L. Baker
Thread Starter
 
Hardheadmandca's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Fresno, CA
Bikes: Specialized Sirrus - 2000?
Posts: 400
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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?
Hardheadmandca is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-07, 03:40 PM   #2
barba
Senior Member
 
barba's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 4,083
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Get the triple.
barba is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-07, 03:41 PM   #3
Tom Stormcrowe
Out fishing with Annie on his lap, a cigar in one hand and a ginger ale in the other, watching the sunset.
 
Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: South Florida
Bikes: Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike
Posts: 16,120
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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!
__________________
. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant
Tom Stormcrowe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-07, 03:42 PM   #4
RacerMike
Huge Member
 
RacerMike's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Ittybittycity, MD
Bikes: 2009 BMC Team Machine, Pedal Force RS2, Salsa Campeon, Jamis Nova, Trek 7000
Posts: 636
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.

Mike
__________________
--
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
If you're faster than me, you're fast. If you're not, you suck.
RacerMike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-07, 03:54 PM   #5
Indolent58
Queen of France
 
Indolent58's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: San Diego, CA
Bikes: Look 565, Trek 2120
Posts: 3,799
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.

Last edited by Indolent58; 02-17-07 at 04:32 PM.
Indolent58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-07, 04:07 PM   #6
Lost Pup
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Philadelphia PA
Bikes:
Posts: 41
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
Lost Pup is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-07, 04:31 PM   #7
jaxgtr
Senior Member
 
jaxgtr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Bikes: Trek ALR 6, Trek CrossRip, Trek X-Caliber 8
Posts: 4,356
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
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.
__________________
Brian | 2015 Trek Emonda ALR 6 | 2015 Trek X-Caliber 8 | 2014 Trek CrossRip Comp
Quote:
Originally Posted by AEO View Post
you should learn to embrace change, and mock it's failings every step of the way.
jaxgtr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-07, 06:11 PM   #8
STewmeister
a van down by the river
 
STewmeister's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Decatur GA
Bikes: Lemond Reno, Trek 6500
Posts: 52
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I googled it, what a beautiful ride... That beng said, get a triple.
STewmeister is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:09 PM.