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    Keepin it Wheel RubeRad's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wits_Of_Fury View Post
    I want STIs on my LHT, as I'll be navigating the streets of San Francisco and for personal preference.
    You might consider Retroshifts

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    Senior Member Brennan's Avatar
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    I live in the Bay Area too. I've used a double on a Cross Check for several years, either a 48/36 or a 46/34 with an 11-34 cassette. It's all I need for normal commuting/riding, but I also use it for occasional short tours. I managed ok with the double, but the loaded climbs really had me thinking about a triple. I finally made the conversion just recently. I certainly miss the relative simplicity of the double for normal riding, but that's the tradeoff for easier climbing during tours/bike camping.

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    In my fleet of doubles, with crossover gearing, and triples set up as single-step or half-step plus granny, I find the triples less complicated to shift, as I use the granny very rarely (but it sure is great to have it when you need it!).
    Geoff
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    Fork and spoon operator
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    I use a single 36 ring in front (11 to 32 in back). I never feel like I'm out of gears. I don't do it for weight-- I do it because it makes cleaning and maintenance so much easier.

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    afraid of whales Mr IGH's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by PennyTheDog View Post
    I use a single 36 ring in front (11 to 32 in back)....
    I'd find that combo fine when I lived where it's flat and less than 1000ft elevation. Here in CO it can really help to have some lower gears, esp with a couple of growlers or a load or groceries. OP is in San Francisco, I understand they have a few hills there....

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