Since getting a road bike in Nov this route has been one of my regulars (when the weather is nice). I'm curious how others ride this. I have a compact crank and 12-27 cassette. I know I have to build some strength and fitness and lose another 10 lbs, but what sort of gearing do you have and do you find it adequate? On Stadium hill, for example, or riding up the north side (heading south out of Bellvue) I'm in my lowest gear and barely managing 60 rpm and at times less. I simply can't maintain enough speed to keep my cadence up. In short, these hills bust my balls. I'm 6'3" and 195 lbs. I can loose a bit still but I'm not going to try and get below 180 so I'll always be a rather heavy rider. Is this gearing appropriate for me and I just need to get stronger or is this the wrong drivetrain for someone my size wanting to ride hills and mountain passes in the summer?