I know that SoCal has it's fair share of brilliance, so I'm posing the query here as opposed to the Road Forum...At least this advice isn't quite so anonymous.
Standard Double versus Compact Double. Is there any sort of equation that proves that: a rider of a certain weight, climbing a certain hill, pedaling a certain cadence, going a certain speed...actually has to produce less wattage by using a Compact crank?
I know it's all about mechanical advantage, but I just can't get my head around it.
If a rider on a Standard is cruising up at 10 mph and is putting out 300 watts (hypothetically) isn't another rider on a Compact who's cruising up at 10 mph also putting out 300 watts, regardless of gearing? (Cadences being equal)
...I have more Standard vs. Compact questions...but I want to get this answered first. Kthx.