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    The short answer: What you have is fine. There isn't a hill in NYC that can't be tackled on 36/30. Don't worry about changing your setup till *after* you've done more long rides and have a better sense of your needs.

    You spend 90% of your time in NYC on flat ground, so if anything I've found that with 46/36 it's nice to have a 16T. (Which would mean changing to a 12-27)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    I would love an Ultegra-quality 46-30 crankset. Who makes one?
    I have a 52-39-30 and discover that I really don't need a 52-11 gear, or usually 52-anything. 39 may be small. but 46 would rock. Plus, I could go electronic!
    So, who make it?

    http://www.suginoltd.co.jp/english/o...in_english.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by thermalattorney View Post
    The short answer: What you have is fine. There isn't a hill in NYC that can't be tackled on 36/30. Don't worry about changing your setup till *after* you've done more long rides and have a better sense of your needs.

    You spend 90% of your time in NYC on flat ground, so if anything I've found that with 46/36 it's nice to have a 16T. (Which would mean changing to a 12-27)
    You been through Highbridge Park? Bear Mountain can be a bit of fun as I understand it as well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnfilteredDregs View Post
    You been through Highbridge Park? Bear Mountain can be a bit of fun as I understand it as well...
    Yes, Highbridge park is my go-to spot for off-road action. There's a great loop which is perfect for CX bikes. Having to climb that hill multiple times in a day sucks but looking at my strava it's only 150ft and 3min of climbing. It just seems silly to me to go futzing with your drivetrain for a 3min climb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thermalattorney View Post
    Yes, Highbridge park is my go-to spot for off-road action. There's a great loop which is perfect for CX bikes. Having to climb that hill multiple times in a day sucks but looking at my strava it's only 150ft and 3min of climbing. It just seems silly to me to go futzing with your drivetrain for a 3min climb.
    Maybe I need to rethink my approach...I endeavor to use that hill for repeats, the gradient pitches quite a bit....lmao
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    I wouldn't really change it unless you are really struggling all the time. You'll get stronger. I used to obsess about gearing a lot more than I do nowadays.

    The flats thing - I'm guessing the bike fitter didn't know you already have a 46T big ring.

    46/30 seems like a recipe for dropping a chain, but I have no experience with that chainring set.

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