I started riding again hard this spring and am down 65 lbs so far. I ride about 12-15 miles a day and attribute much of my success to my love/hate relationship with all the hills around me.
I have a questions for those with older 12 speed bikes. I got my old 1986 12-speed Cilo out again (105 Biopace grouping) and put new wheels on and cleaned it up (I keep the old as a set of spares).
I am now riding this bike as much as possible and really am enjoying it over my Trek FX 7700 27 speed.
My problem is this - I have some serious hills near me (600-700'' in a mile rise) and I cannot tackle them with my 12 speed. Depending on my route I need to use my 27 speed Trek Hybrid.
Has anyone else gone back to a 12-speed and found the gearing (52T/42T) just too difficult for hills?
I am wondering what everyone does....