I've been lurking here for some time, enjoying the wit, information, points of view, humor, and common sense. I'm 62 and returning to cycling after a long time away. I'm 6 weeks into building a base-- my goal is a comfortable rolling hill metric in a few months. Here's my question:
I'm building up an old frame with a (new concept to me) compact crank. Given that some people could care less about radical chain lines, and others are more finicky.....how many cogs on my 10spd cassette will mechanically be available to me? A gear chart shows me there will be lots of redundancy, but how much front shifting will I have to do to avoid serious crosschaining?
Thanks.....and nice to be here!