Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Western Florida
Bikes: 2015 Bike Friday New World Tourist, 2013 Velo Orange Campeur, 2011 Mezzo D9 (x3), 2004 Marin Mount Vision Pro, 2014 Xtracycle Electric, 2014 Surly Big Dummy electric assist
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I have doubles or singles on all but one bike (full suspension Marin) and was contemplating the difference during today's ride with my compact double. The drawback to the double for me is not having gearing that is closer ratio than my current setup on the Salsa Vaya. What I mean is I often would like a gear (resulting in a comfortable cadence) that would be between what I was in and what I am in! Not a big deal, but when you are into the wind or tired sometimes it can be bothersome. This is assuming you do what a lot of the doubles do today and that is to try and make up for a little of the lower gearing by adding a larger range in the rear - with more spacing in-between. With a triple you can keep the number of teeth in the back to a closer ratio.
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2015 Bike Friday New World Tourist, 2013 Velo Orange Campeur, 2011 Mezzo D9 (x3), 2004 Marin Mount Vision Pro, 2014 Xtracycle Electric, 2014 Surly Big Dummy electric assist