Not Quite Right
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Bikes: Gary Fisher Paragon, Lemond Zurich, Serotta Legend Ti, Seven Mudhoney , Peugeot Canyon Express
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I'm 6', 160, and currently running a compact with a 12-29 after switching from a 12-27. The 12-27 just wasn't allowing me to spin at a high enough cadence on climbs, which in turn was aggravating a cycling related knee injury. My experience riding that route is that as I build fitness, cadence improves, but only up to a point. Given how steep Stadium Hill is, I don't know if it's truly possible to just sit and spin your way up. Going south from Bellvue, I generally sit and spin up at a high cadence, with short periods of standing for a break.
What I learned from Asian films is that the human body holds as much as 50 gallons of blood, with an internal pressure of at least 80 psi.
...this all reinforces my belief that if your problem can't be solved with thermite, the real problem is insufficient thermite.