Been an awful spring for training/riding in the Midwest and my miles are way down for mid May. Kept my weight decent over the winter but didn't do a lot of cardio...rather some light weight training. I don't seem to lose a lot of cardio for some reason over the winter though. Have only done three to four 40-50 mile rides this season and did my first century over the weekend. Went well and was pretty happy with my fitness all considered but admit at mile 80 when the road was pointing up for what seemed to be long stretches, it was quite a test in and out of the saddle. I ride 50-38 with 25-12 cassette...in other words a Campy 50/34 compact but with 38t inner ring pasted on. I could make it up the hills that were killing my buddies with full size cranks with tired legs but would have been even better with 34t inner ring for a bit more spin/RPM. So considering giving the 50/34 combo another go. Stuff I normally ride doesn't need it and long miles as you guys know changes things. . On a long ride quads can get a bit crampy late into a ride when another hill presents itself. I never really like the 50/34 big gulf in gear inches in front...but maybe it is my riding technique....need to learn to hang out more on the 50t ring and use the 34t more for bail out. I think at the end of the day for needing short climbing gear inches, I may still prefer a triple because of the nice close gear spacing versus the 50/34, but would have to change my Campy short cage derailleur if I switched to a triple crank.
Opinions on 50/34 compacts? Believe I will put the 34t back on as an experiment.