Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Ride Sora 8 speed on the Giant but that is with a triple. I cannot fault 8 speed, or 7 speed for that matter, as I am used to Mountain bike gearing. The range of gears is there on the rear cassette- although the closeness of some of the individual gears may not be to some's liking.
Just a thought on using it with a double Crankset- I was riding the Triple mainly in the middle ring-a 42. The granny only came in on hills so not a hilly ride and I could get away with the 42. In fact I rarely used the 52 big ring- but that is a different matter.
On the new bike I have a Compact double and Although I have not tried any severe hills yet- The 50/36 is suitable for a hilly ride. So Depends on your legs, and your hills, Sora 8 speed with 12/26 and a compact double crankset could be suitable.
Now on the bars- I have ridden MTBs for 17years and road bikes with drops for only 1. If the trail is at all rough then the drops are out, and so is the bike aswell. But On Smooth tarmac trails and Road- I am finding the Drop bars more adaptable. Different body and hand positions and that Full drop position that I never used is very usefull into a headwind- or when you get wound up and need the more aerodynamic position. As Will has found out though- He uses straight bars on his Hybrid that he uses on Trails- but he has fitted aero bars for when he needs to find speed. So the best of both worlds. Straight bars for control and the aeros for when he needs speed or aerodynamics.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.