I love how people obsess over gearing on this forum. When I got my new bike 2 years ago, I went from a 53/39 with a 12-26 to a 50/34 with a 12-30, which I changed to a 12-26. Honestly, I spend 99% of my riding time on the big ring and never really think about it. I shifted the FD on the standard double a lot more (or at least I think I did). The only time I've felt limited by the compact was in a road race last weekend where we had extended downhill stretches with a tailwind. The field was stretched out and holding 45+ mph at times, and I felt that I could have used either more teeth in the front or an 11 in the back. It didn't matter too much, as I'm 175 lbs and most of the guys in my field were ~150 so I just tucked in and passed them as they pedaled while I coasted. Point being, a 50/34 works even in races, so long as you don't have a downhill sprint finish.