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    Anyone running a compact and want 52/36?

    I just got my new bike and it came with a compact crank with 52/36 gearing which is a little much for my chicken legs to push up hill(old bike was a triple) and before I ordered some replacements I wanted to see if anyone got a compact and wanted to swap for bigger gears.

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    What make and model is it? What are you looking for? 52/36 is an odd combination for a compact - are you sure the big ring isn't a 50?

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    my fuji team sl came with fsa carbon pro compact cranks and it is a 52/36. They must have done this to try to get a little weight savings and still be close to conventional gearing?

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    Hmmm, sorry, I went to a 48/34t on mine... Really works great for hills with a straightblock.

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    what are you running on the back with the 48/34? is that for cross or road?

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    I'll swap you my 50/34. Send me yours first!

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    My '05 Fuji Team SL came with a 50/36. I swapped out the 36 for a 34.

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    I was running 48/34 for a while...I really liked it! but a buddy had a 50 ring and wanted to try the 48. I like the 48x11, it was close to a 52x12 and I was able to stay in the big ring most of the time...including short climbs. On my kestrel I run a 53/38 with a 11/28...close to the gearing of a compact with 11/25. a simple fix would be to increase the gears in the back...what cogs are you running now. check out the ird website...http://store.interlocracing.com/9rococa.html you could get a 12x28...or nashbar has a 11x28 on sale for 20 bucks...that should get you enough to climb with!
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    Jrennie - what are you looking for - a different compact, a standard, or a triple?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrennie
    what are you running on the back with the 48/34? is that for cross or road?
    It's on my road bike. I'll use a 13-21t 8-speed most of the time. If I hit the really big hills, I'll put on a 12-23t.

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    what do you use on San Marcos

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyklehike
    what do you use on San Marcos
    On Old San Marcos, I'll typically use the 34x21t and 34x23t. Going up Painted Cave is 34x23t most of the way. Did Gibraltar two weeks ago and used 34x17-21t most of the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DannoXYZ
    On Old San Marcos, I'll typically use the 34x21t and 34x23t. Going up Painted Cave is 34x23t most of the way. Did Gilbratar two weeks ago and used 34x17-21t most of the way.
    Can you post the approximate specs of those climbs? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmason
    Can you post the approximate specs of those climbs? Thanks.
    Ok, here's what the ride looks like from the beach:


    There's two places where you can start, at the Gibraltar side or the Old San Marcos. This was the old stagecoach road that the Wells Fargo Coach took to get into Santa Barbara back in the 1800s when California still belonged to Mexico. The overall route looks like this:




    The steeper climb starts at Old San Marcos and goes from 50m elevation to 450m in about 5.5km. It crosses over highway-154 and becomes Painted Cave. This section goes from 450m to 900m in 4.5km. At that point, you're at the backbone of the mountain range. Taking Camino Cielo to the right gradually has you climbing to 1200m at La Cumbre Peak in about 25km.

    However, I like to start at the other end, Gibraltar road. This starts at 200m and goes to 1000m in 12km. You start out higher and have a more gradual climb. Taking a left a Camino Cielo at the top also give you another gradual climb to 1200m as well.

    I like going in this direction because the scenery is better. At the beginning of the ride, you can look back towards the ocean and get a view like this:



    The climb is more gradual, gives you more time to warm up. Across the entire backbone of the mountain, you actually can see down on both sides, Santa Barbara on the left and the valley on the right, amazing views. At the highest point, La Cumbre peak, you can look west at the remaining part of the ride:



    Some points has the road at the top of the mountain-range and you can look left down towards the ocean as well as right down into the valley:


    Then I like the steeper descent down Painted Cave and Old San Marcos. It's much steeper, tighter and more technical of a downhill. Requires full maximum-braking going into the tight switchback turns (over 30 of them). And if you sprint out of the corners down the hill, you can get up to 75kph before the next switchback! What fun!

    Total loop distance back to the starting point is about 80km with total elevation gain of around 1300m.
    Last edited by DannoXYZ; 05-18-06 at 09:48 PM.

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    Thanks a lot for that info, and the pics - just beautiful.

    The terrain is remarkably like what I ride on here. Except for the ocean.

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    I am marking this route as something I want to be able to do by then end of summer.
    it looks like blissful hell.

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    Yes it is. I can confirm that because I did this ride with Danno jsut a few days ago!
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    OMG that's so beautiful. Thanks for the pictures! I had no idea it was so pretty up there! It's great here in and around San Diego, but that is something else.

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    Just buy a new chainring. The thing I love about compacts is you can put whatever you want on there up to 52 and down to a 33. Im riding 46/40 and love it.

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    Screw that.

    53-39-26 and 12-25 ftw!
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    WOW, way to bring one back from the dead. I haven't had that combo in a year and a half. 53/39 is just fine by me now.

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    I was running a 34x24t lowest gear and I can certainly use one lower. I'm thinking of building up a 13-27t cluster just for this climb.

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