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    what crank/cassette do you have if you ride the santa monica mtns?

    What crank and cassette do you have? thanks.

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    53/39/30 - 11/28
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    I survived on a 54/39 with a rear 6sp 14-28. Wasn't too bad. Would ride again if I had any cyclist friends.

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    53/39 with 11-26

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    While I have not yet ridden the Santa Monica Mountains, last week I rode (without problem) Mt. Baldy Road up to the top of the lifts using my standard:
    Crank: 39/53
    Rear Cogs: 12-25

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    50/34, 11-28

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    50/34 12-25 or 11-23

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    Depends on how long a ride I'm on and how many hills I'll be doing. For shorter rides (i.e.: 60-miles or less) with one-three climbs, my 12-25 works. Longer rides with more climbs, I switch to my 12-27.

    I have a standard crank, 53/39.

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    Crank Arms 172.5 Rings 53-39 Casette 12-27

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    When I was young and full of piss: 53-39 / 12-23

    Now that I'm old and decrepit: 50-34 / 12-27

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    53/39 12-25. Grades up to 20.

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    I've used both a 53/39-12/25 and 50/36-12/25. My actual time was faster for the specific route with a 53/39 but I felt much fresher when I finished the 80 mile route with the 50/36 a couple weeks later.

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    I ride out there sometimes and I've also done Baldy with this set-up: 53/39 and 11-27. That said, my next bike will be a compact.

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    Except for a handful of climbs you can easily get away with 53/39-12/25. Las Flores, Decker, or Tuna are a bit more of a pain in the ass though.

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    Haven't been in the SM's. But done Baldy Rd, GMR, Big Bear, and Breathless agony on my standard 53/39-12/25.

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    50/34, 12/27 its nice to always have gears in reserve (but stinks on flats).

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    Quote Originally Posted by furiousferret View Post
    50/34, 12/27 its nice to always have gears in reserve (but stinks on flats).
    stink on flats? You must be super fast as 50x12 at 90RPM is about 30MPH. I guess you just missed the Olympic Games TT oportunity.

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    I never had a problem with my 50x12 not being a high enough gear until I started racing, and needed to be able to keep up with the bigger guys on descents. A 50x11 helped quite a bit with that. Now I spin much better anyway, so even though I have a 53x11 I don't usually go to it unless I'm trying to push into the 45+ range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jancouver View Post
    stink on flats? You must be super fast as 50x12 at 90RPM is about 30MPH. I guess you just missed the Olympic Games TT oportunity.
    I meant it stink cus you can't take advantage of slight declines, yeah I did miss the olympics TT opportunity. Damn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by furiousferret View Post
    I meant it stink cus you can't take advantage of slight declines, yeah I did miss the olympics TT opportunity. Damn.
    How about getting 11-27/8? Thats what I'm planning on getting for my next compact crank. 50/34 with 11/28

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    50/34, 11-30. I tend to like the really whack climbs in Malibu, so the 30 comes in handy when needed. 11-28 would work just as well on most of the SM climbs. For me at least.

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    50/34 11/23

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    I switched to a 50/34, 12-27 but in the SMs was always fine with 50/36, 11-25 when I was riding that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magicant View Post
    I switched to a 50/34, 12-27 but in the SMs was always fine with 50/36, 11-25 when I was riding that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KiddSisko View Post
    50/34, 11-30. I tend to like the really whack climbs in Malibu, so the 30 comes in handy when needed. 11-28 would work just as well on most of the SM climbs. For me at least.
    Is that a 10 speed 11-30? If so where did you get it? I might need one if I start pulling a kiddie trailer in a couple years.

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