Compact crankset ok for OC/LA area hill climbs?
I've been looking at road bikes and it seems like almost every bike on the showroom floors has a compact crank, 50-34. On my hybrid, I do find myself using the lowest gear on the '28' ring of my 48/38/28 crank on rare occasion.
For some ride like GMR, or century rides with 10k of elevation gain, will a compact crank be ok?
90% of the time I'm just zipping around the SART, but I do santiago canyon once a week and would like to be able to do moderately difficult century rides around the state. Opinions?