Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Adelaide South Australia
Bikes: Dedacciai 9 speed road bike
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A change of pace
Originally Posted by rm -rf
I see from Google Maps you have 400 meter (1500 foot) high hills right outside of Adelaide
. Street View shows some great roads
up in the hills.
The 13/28 is what you need for those hills.
I have 100 meter (325 foot) hills in my area
, many with 5-8% grades, a few over 10% grade. I also have a "compact crank" which is 50/34, so my lowest gears (34-29) are even lower than your 39-28 would be. I'll use my lowest gears even on a 5-6% grade, so I can keep a fast cadence. I rarely miss having a 12 or 11 cog.
Your current 53/39 with 12-23 is perfect for riding fast on flat roads. And it's designed for strong riders that are very fast even when riding uphill.
Well, it's been a while since last I posted, and there is a bit to update. Firstly, the old Dedacciai which I was riding when I first posted, has taken a back seat to my new bike the wife bought me. It is a Pinarello Opera, with Campag Record group set with a 53/39 and 12/25, and Mavic Ksyrium wheel set, at just 7.6kg ready to ride, I haven't found a hill yet that I couldn't conquer.
I have riden many hills on the new bike, for those of you whom are farmilliar with Adelaide, they include, Checkers Hill, Corkscrew Rd, Old Willunga Hill, Parawa Rd, Menglers Hill, Hill Rd Kersbrook, and my favorite, Anstey's Hill. Man what a difference a few K's makes.
Since my last post I have clocked up over 1000km in organised rides, from 80 - 250 km a ride. And with about 2500km in training, I am well on the road to fitness, and loving it.
Sorry, I'll stop rambling on now.
Cheers all and ride safe