Ah, true. Same here. Once this engine loses about 60 lbs., the bike oughta be able to just FLY!
I know mine is much faster, down almost 75, reduced bike weight about 11 lbs and moved to smaller tires, from 38's to 700-28. Doing a 15.1 avg on my last 3 rides. I was doing about anywhere between 11 and 13.3.
A person is not looked down on if they have a tripple. It is about how you ride. If you ride solo who cares. If you ride in groups the only concern is keeping up with the group. Use what you need. I have a bike with a triple and a bike with a compact double. I now like the compact double because it shifts better than the triple and is easier to keep in adjustment. If I had not started on a triple I would not have been able to move up to the double.
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Compact cranks made the road bike much nicer as far as gearing. You get a pretty good range with a 50/34 and 11-27 cassette.. I have a triple on my cross bike because there is no way I could make it some of the trails without a triple..
Personally ride with what is comfortable.. If you need the extra gearing for the hills, use a triple..
This winter I have ridden four days a week and come in at a cool 240lbs. With a 30 mph head wind I sure could have used a triple several times this winter. Who cares what the studs think...we always will smoke em on the down hill anyway!
You're kidding, right? Keep the triple. Heck, I'd love a nice old set of BioPace road-rings! If I were ever to catch anyone snootin' at me I'd just Mad Dog 'em right back. Besides, I never usually give them any other view but from behind...