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    No real climbing for the next few weeks

    My bike is in the shop for a few weeks so I'm borrowing a ride from my son. This is, obviously, a good thing. The bad news is that prior to his crash last year he was Cat 2 so his "climbing" gearing is 53-39 and 12-28. My gearing is 53-39-30 and 12-27. OTOH, I'm going to feel like a real macho senior citizen for these few weeks

    My only other option is to ride our tandem solo with it's ultra low gearing, but riding a tandem solo, while perfectly safe, is a bit twitchy. Normally, I would use this situation as an excuse to buy a backup bike, maybe a mountain bike, but we've got some home improvement things going on and thereby consuming $'s. I'll just have to HTFU.
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    I'd buy a steel Cyclocross bike and throw a 12-32 on it, everyone needs one.

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    How old are you and how steep are your hills?
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    WHAT??? You don't have a $5,000 tax return coming in allowing you some home improvements and a bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
    How old are you and how steep are your hills?
    I'm 68.5 y/o. Last week's organized ride, the portion I did, was 75 miles, 5800' of climbing half of which was in a single climb a good deal of which is in excess of 10%. I can do 10% with a 39-28, but I can't do that much climbing without lower gearing. FWIW, I'm 6', 188 lbs so I'm no flyweight.
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    Can you take afford a 32 tooth cassette and new chain? (just be sure to avoid big-big!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdtompki View Post
    I'm 68.5 y/o. Last week's organized ride, the portion I did, was 75 miles, 5800' of climbing half of which was in a single climb a good deal of which is in excess of 10%. I can do 10% with a 39-28, but I can't do that much climbing without lower gearing. FWIW, I'm 6', 188 lbs so I'm no flyweight.
    You are no old man, you're a stud! I am 10 years younger than you and even though I normally ride a 53/39 in front and a 12-27 in back I cannot come even close to doing your climbs.

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    I'm riding a 53/42 with a 13/26. If I ride up to a wheelchair ramp in a curb I'm in trouble.

    Someday when I grow up, I hope to climb like you.

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    That bike has the same gearing as mine.
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeWMass View Post
    Can you take afford a 32 tooth cassette and new chain? (just be sure to avoid big-big!).
    I've got lots of cassettes of all sorts for the tandem and both mid and long cage RD, but for a week or two I'm not going to bother with changes to my son's bike. I have a 100K next week and I'll be able to get by, but two weeks later I'll need my beloved triple!

    Now, an interesting option would be to ride the tandem solo. Our lowest gear is 24-36.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    I'd buy a steel Cyclocross bike and throw a 12-32 on it, everyone needs one.

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    Nice, would be great as a gravel grinder bike. Although, not really a fan of cantilever brakes.

    To the OP, looks like you don't have any options, good luck with HTFU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdtompki View Post
    My bike is in the shop for a few weeks so I'm borrowing a ride from my son. This is, obviously, a good thing. The bad news is that prior to his crash last year he was Cat 2 so his "climbing" gearing is 53-39 and 12-28. My gearing is 53-39-30 and 12-27. OTOH, I'm going to feel like a real macho senior citizen for these few weeks
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    Amazingly, I was able to climb Southern Indiana hills with similar gearing when I was in my twenties.
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    A 2d bike is a really good thing to have if you ride regularly for this reason. I like having 2 bikes I ride regularly that are always ready to go.

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    Hmmmmmmm, that Nashbar crosser is a nice bike, at a nice price.............................. Hmmmmmmmmmm, but then I'd have to stop looking at that Sirrus................

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdtompki View Post
    My bike is in the shop for a few weeks . . . just have to HTFU.
    What is the bike shop doing that takes a few weeks? Tell them to . . .

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    This time of year all the fair, warm weather riders are bringing in the neglected bicycles for a tune up and new stuff as well as all the new bicycle sales for the spring. It gets that way here every spring, the LBS gets swamped with work for the non-DIY types. Makes me glad that I don't need anything done by a shop. Or a part is on back order perhaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by h2oxtc View Post
    What is the bike shop doing that takes a few weeks? Tell them to . . .
    This is the shop where I purchased both tandem and Volagi. Numerous times they have jumped on something the as soon as I walked in. In this case they are sending the bike back to the factory for an inspection: ergo the two week turnaround.

    On a brighter note: my son's bike is a compact although the cassette is 11-26. I'm still not doing any really big climbs, but I feel a little bit better. Unfortunately, the saddle appears to be 90mm wide and hard as a rock, but I've got lots of saddles
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