I am a 315lb clyde that is getting back into cycling for weight loss. Thanks to some solid advise on this board, I've stopped mashing a high gear and I've been trying to spin in a lower gear. This has mad it much easier to add miles to my rides (longest has been 27 miles-yes, I'm fairly new to this). I ride a Centurian LaMans and it has a 52/42 chainrings. When I put on some new wheels I installed a wider range cassette in the back (8speed 11-30) to help out with hills. However, since I'm spinning more, I'm finding that I rarely use my large chain ring. Even on downhills I find that if I focus on fast feet or just glide, I do not need to use the 52 chainring. However, I do find that I run out of room when I need help with steady hills-especially into the damn wind-when I get farther into the longer rides that I've been pushing myself to do.
So, I've been wondering if I should just HTFU and keep riding-things will get easier. Or, maybe I should get a triple to help on the harder hills/end of ride energy-that 3rd ring would be nice. Or, maybe I should get a compact double to help out-this would allow me me to use my current front derailleur. What do most of you clydes use? Triple, compact double, standard double in what chainring combo?
Thanks for your advise/comments