Switching from Compact Double to Triple
The die is cast, orders have been placed. I'm switching my Volagi FSA SL-K light Compact Crankset over to a triple. Found the same Crankset in a triple overseas as they are not sold in the US. Why do you ask? Well, it's not to get lower gears necessarily. I'm running an 11-32 cassette now and the 34-32 will get me up almost anything one time, like the 2500' climb 2 miles from my house. While on our tandem I'm resigned to the big jumps in our 11-32 (or 11-36), I find the jumps on my single interfere with the karma.
I'm going with a 12-27 cassette for regular, non-killer rides as the 30-27 will only be a few percentage points higher than what I had before and I really am going to like having the 16t cog. For longer and/or tougher stuff I figure a 36t cog will do the trick. If I can't get up a hill in 30-36 then I have no business riding that hill.
My 84 Miyata 912 had a triple and I don't recall way back then wishing I had something different. My son still uses that bike as his beater, but I'm getting it back soon. He's made some changes, but hasn't changed out the crankset thank goodness so I'll have two triples in my stable, N+1 so to speak.
My biggest concern is that with a triple I won't be allowed to post in the 41, but I'm figuring I'll still be ok here and in the C/A forum.