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Old 03-31-11, 05:53 AM   #1
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Age...weight...drive train?

A little background.....I got back into cycling about 6 yrs. ago after 8 yrs. off the bike. I bought a LeMond TI with a triple. At the time I was about 57 y.o. and weighed about 195-200 lbs. Pretty much out of shape. Here in eastern CT it is suprisingly hilly but it wasn't long before I didn't want that triple. I just found it had gearing I wasn't using once I had gotten some miles in my legs. At age 60 I got a new Masi Gran Criterium with a compact crankset and soon after replaced it with my current standard crankset and 14x25 cogs. This is what I ride at age 65 and 185-190 lbs.

Just wondering how other peoples drive train selections evolved... if they have.
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bruce19, I've never really stopped cycling since I was seven years old. Simply because of a knee injury I've moved away from a 53-42 X 12-21, or similar gearing for my bikes to substitutuing a 52-42-30 X 13-27 on my distance bike. I still very much prefer and use the close ratio gearing for rides not involving any hills.

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Old 03-31-11, 07:49 AM   #3
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Age, Weight, Gearing

Age = 51; Weight = 172 (6')

Steel Roadie: 52-42; 13-26T
Steel Tourer: 48-36-24; 12-28T
CF Roadie: 53-39; 12-28T

The steel road bike doesn't have quite low enough a gear for a long day of hills.
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At some point, I'll switch cassettes to get an 11.
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After 16 years of MTBs up on the hills- First road bike and I got a triple. Gave me confidence that I would be able to manage "Them thar hills". Soon found out that I could manage the road hills only halfway down the cassette in granny so 2nd bike had a compact fitted. Knew that I would never be able to pull a standard crank so that was the reason for a compact. However--I do like to get up in the mountains occasionally and the long extended hills do require lower than 34/27 so that the next bike now has a triple.

Age 64--Weight 150lbs

MTB 44/32/22 and 11/34
Offroad Tandem--48/36/24 and 11/32 (We bend the 34t on the cassette so it cannot be fitted)
Boreas Ignis-50/34 and 11/27
Giant TCR-C- 50/39/30 and 12/25

Boreas is the main ride but the TCR is used for 100 milers or if gravity goes too far the wrong way on the hills.
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58 yo, between 195-200 (depending)
I'm not 100% sure what my Jamis has but my Giant is 50x39x30 up front and 11-28 in the back.
My gearing has not changed since I started back riding 5 years ago but the gears I *use* in the normal course of a ride has changed dramatically. Frankly, I must be doing something wrong or be awfully weak or something because the thought of climbing our hills without that granny up front scares the bejeebers out of me. I NEED that 30T chainring.
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Soma DoubleCross: 50/34 and 12/30

I ride this bike everywhere, from my daily commute to week long tours, weekend century, etc. The daily commute has a couple of 10% grades and the 34/30 combo is easy on the knees, even when I've got 10-15 extra lbs in the panniers.
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Age = 50
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Drivetrain =
Bike #1: 50/34 compact crank, 11-26 cassette
Bike #2: 50/34 compact crank, 11-28 cassette
Bike #3: 53/39 standard crank, 13-28 7-speed freewheel
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At 57 I'm within pounds of where i was in my 20s, right around 155 (I did have some fat years...)
In my 20s I rode 52/42 and 14/26
then 52/42 and 13/28
then 52/39 13/28
then 50/34 and 12/27

Now, 52/42/30 and 11/28

So I've gone progressively lower. The truth is that I with I had those low gears in my younger days. I'd have ridden a lot more. Doing our local mountain with 42 and 26 was crazy hard and when I was young. I pretty much had to stand the whole way. I'm a lot happier now.
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It depends on a lot of things, how steep and how long the hills are and the weight of the bike.

With the Roubaix at 50-34 X 11-28, there's no way that I need a triple. The hybrid I have weighs over 10 pounds more and at 48/38/28 x 14-34 I find that I do need the triple from time to time.

For full carbon frames, Specialized for example doesn't market the Roubaix with a triple in Canada. The Tarmac is sold with a double or compact double only.

The base model Allez comes with a triple. The heavier Allez and Secteur are available with triples here.

As far as I know Trek doesn't even offer a triple for any of their drop bar road bikes. You would have to go to a flatbar model to get a triple.
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Age: 55, weight 105, height 5'3". All my bikes have triples due to my small motor, aging knees, hilly terrain, and an affection for mountain biking. Also plan to tour, so the stump-pulling gearing will help. Generally the chainrings run low 20s - mid 30s- high 40s. Don't mind spinning out on descents; most of the downhill stretches where I live have stoplights parked right at the bottom!

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I still very much prefer and use the close ratio gearing for rides not involving any hills.
Rides without hills?? Is that legal? Or even POSSIBLE???

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Rides without hills?? Is that legal? Or even POSSIBLE???

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Gears

Age 66

Height 5' 11''

Wt. 195 lb

Cervelo 50X34 12X27

Crown Jewel 53X39X30 12X27

If I had to pick one , I would go with 50X34 and a 11X28
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71 - 180
compact with 11-37
Yes thats correct.
I wanted my triple back so my LBS set me up with this set up.
I love it, and I can get over the hills easer now.
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In my 20s, 150 lbs - a Schwinn Varsity with 39/50 chain rings and 14-28 cassette - Gear inch range 37.6 to 96.4
Now, at 68, 155 lbs - a Surly LHT with 24/36/48 rings and 11-34 cassette - Gear inch range 18.3 to 113.5
Height is still 5' 9"
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Just wondering how other peoples drive train selections evolved... if they have.
I got my Litespeed Tuscany in 2001 when I was 56. It came with a 53/39 chainring and 11-23 nine-speed cassette (all Ultegra). I'm now 66 and the setup still works for me.
My Specialized Tarmac (got it Dec 2010) has a 52/36 chainring and 11-28 ten-speed cassette (SRAM).
I'm happy with both bikes.
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Age:55
Height: 6'
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Roubaix - 50-34 X 11-28
Casseroll - 48-36-26 X 12-25 or 42 X 18
Stumpjumper FSR - 44-32-22 X 11-34
I left out the history/evolution of my road bike.

When I started riding again at age 34 in 1990, weighing about 190, I rode a standard double. In '92 I went to a 53-40 X 13-23 and sometimes 13-26. Climbing hills was a lot harder then.
I was an early adopter of a compact triple with 46-36-26 X 12-21 in '94. Much easier climbing and very tight spacing. In '99 I upgraded to a Campy Racing Triple with 50-40-30 X 13-24. In 2006 I went to a compact double 50-36 X 12-28, didn't like it with my 7 speed rear, went back to a 48-36-26 X 12-21 triple and then to a semi-compact double 50-38 X 12-28 in 2008.
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Age - 61
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Both my single bents have 52-39-30 cranksets with 11-32 cassettes (559/26" rear wheels). Seems about right.

Before the bents, was riding a hybrid with 46-38 crank and an 11-34 cassette (700 wheels). A little short on the high end, which wasn't usually a problem.

Oh, and to confuse things, first bent had a 56-50-40 crank with an 11-34 cassette. (20"/406 wheels)
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As teenager 190 lbs + 6'2" I rode a Schwinn Varsity 50/39 and 14-28. Now at 54years old 230lbs +6'1" my Miyata has 52/47/34 and 14-34, and my old roadster has a Sturmey 3 speed hub + 48 and 22.
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