I am in the process of getting the parts together for my 520 rando build. I have searched for four days… I have dug, I have turned stones, I have studied gearing ratios (thanks Sheldon.) I am an engineer and I have to say I just don’t know what I am looking for. I understand the ratios, I understand the math, I understand some of the reasoning but… I am LOST when it comes to the gearing I want to put on the bike.
I know this is a subject that is deeply personal but I need some help. I am 85% sure I would like to have a triple on the front. I am thinking 48-36-26 range (one I am looking at is on the velo-orange site as they are just down the road for me and an excuse to visit the shop… don’t tell the wife…) but what to put on the rear I just don’t know. 8 or 9? 12-27? 11-25? Don’t know. I am even fighting myself over down tube shifters or bar ends AGH. This is what they call analysis to paralysis I suppose.
Some back ground:
The frame was stripped bare so I have nothing but some handlebars and the brakes. I am going to put my brooks on for the saddle outside of that I have budgeted for a build. I know it is expensive so let me stop some there. The two bike shops kept trying to sell me the new Masi instead telling me it was the greatest deal. Maybe but just not my bag. I am currently living in the DC region so I am sure the triple is overkill but I plan on attending grad school in Troy Ny in Fall 2010 (campus has some killer grades…) and cycling all over in general and don’t want to switch stuff out all the time.
I am sorry to ask but I am in some serious need of guidance!