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Old 05-07-15, 09:02 AM   #1
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Granny gears, the time has come.

Did the Natural Bridge Granfondo in VA, this past Sunday and got a 9th out of 22. Only 14 finished, with 8 DNF's. Scenery to die for, but a really hard ride. First climb was average 11% with 15% steps, about 3 miles long. After that, up and down, rollers and a whole lot of remaining steep climbs.

We had Hunter Allen give us a preview, but must admit the difficulty kind of surprised me.

30 years ago, I could climb that with a 42/18, this time around a 39/30 was not enough in some places, the joys of old age and a few extra pounds.

So, Campy compact crank set 34/50 is on the way, to use with a 12-30 cassette. One bike will be set up as the climbing bike. Not a nice feeling, but have to put the ego in my pocket.
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Old 05-07-15, 09:19 AM   #2
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The body wears out. Maybe should be doing less stressful rides now. Don't wait until the coronary gives out and you are forced to slow down.
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The body wears out. Maybe should be doing less stressful rides now. Don't wait until the coronary gives out and you are forced to slow down.
I thought this is the right medicine, to give the coronary a great sanitation boost?
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Roberto Heras used a triple in the Vuelta a while back, he weighed 110 pounds and was tanked up on EPO.

So I suggest a triple and EPO
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Roberto Heras used a triple in the Vuelta a while back, he weighed 110 pounds and was tanked up on EPO.

So I suggest a triple and EPO
Need another 30 years, then I will put the triple on my wheel chair and will probably be using something more than EPO.
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So, Campy compact crank set 34/50 is on the way, to use with a 12-30 cassette. One bike will be set up as the climbing bike. Not a nice feeling, but have to put the ego in my pocket.
I got a 34/50 but the 34 was too low for most riding except really steep hills, so I put on a 36 which worked out very nicely.
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I got a 34/50 but the 34 was too low for most riding except really steep hills, so I put on a 36 which worked out very nicely.
Looking at the numbers, I should be OK. 39/15 = 2.6 and a 34/13 = 2.62.

On a normal circuit with average hills, around 60 miles I can still get by just fine with a 39/11-21. The compact will be for those 15% gradient steps on a 100 mile Granfondo where we have to save the legs a bit.

Should be able to test it the week-end, hope I don't have to go look for another chainring in 36.

The steps on my 12-30 cassette are bad, jumping two teeth or more from one cog to the next has never been my favorite, too much of a change away from preferred cadence.

A triple is really the way to go, but I am told if you put a triple on a Colnago, the bike goes into hiding, only to be found by a mechanic.
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So. I'm doing the Mariposa Stage Race next weekend with a compact and 12/28 cassette. I don't have a 12/30, can't afford one right now. I'm going to try something else, I'll use the carbon tubulars on the Look 566 for the hill climb. I had originally intended to race my Venge for that series, because it's two or three pounds lighter than the Look, but after racing it on a hilly course last week, I discovered because of it's gearing (53/39 - 11/28 11 speed) that it doesn't climb as well as the Look does, even with the Look in training trim (heavy). Can I have twenty years back, please?
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