OK I have been looking at the new Specialized 2011 Roubaix Elite Sram Apex bike.
It has a compact crank with front rings of 50/39 with a rear cassette of 11-32.
I am used to riding a 30/39/50 with a cassette of 12-27.
Then new Roubaixs will not have a triple in the Elite model I am told.
I am 67 years old, weight 250lbs (losing slowly and aging fast).
I currently never use the big front ring and will use the small front ring on the 30/39/50.
I am told by the bike shop guys (several stores) that I would be happy with the compact crank and not miss the small front chain ring.
My worry is that all these guys talking to me are young and thin.
What do other Clyde's think?