I know this question pops up on the road forum often enough, but I'd like the perspective of my fellow L-pals. I'd prefer input other than the ubiquitous HTFU (which I already know I need to do).
Looking at getting a Trek 2.3, now need to decide which crank set. This would be my first road bike coming from a Trek 7500 hybrid. I hear that climbing on the road bike will be easier (it is nearly 20 lbs. lighter), but don't know how that translates into actual riding.
No plan to race, just exercise and fun. Located in Kettle Moraine territory (if you can relate). Guess I'd describe it as rolling hills. Toughest climbs are typically ~1 mile at 5-7% (based on readouts from Garmin 305). About 30% of riding distance is on flat land, the remainder split between up or down hill (again based on readings from my 305).
I am used to spinning up the hills and do not consider myself a strong climber. However, last summer was my first of getting serious about riding, so I could get better.
What are your thoughts? Factors to consider?
Trek 7500 (current): 28/38/48 - 11-32
Trek 2.3 Compact: 50/34 - 11-25
Trek 2.3 Triple: 50/39/30 - 12-27