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Old 04-23-12, 08:23 AM   #1
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L.A. Wheelman Grand Tour Highland?

Anyone do the "highland" route before? Just looking for what type of gearing to take. I'll be doing the 300. Yikes. I had a compact/28 for the Mulholland. Wishing I had a 30 back there.

I'm thinking of taking one of my vintage bikes that has a 39/53 up front so looking for gearing advice on the rear. I really don't want to spend the time switching compact cranks around for it.

How steep does the highland get??
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The steepest bit is Potrero and I've seen 18 and 19% on my Garmin. The rest of it, no worries, nothing really steep.

But . . . Potrero will get your attention!

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Rick!!! I knew I could count on you. So a standard with a 12/28 will be okay? I'm doing the 300. I guess its not the steepness, its duration of it

Rick, I have NO IDEA how I became an ultra-long distance. I went from crits straight to ultra-distance. Jeez. Boredom maybe.
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Yes and yes. Do the highland route. It's easy. Standard gearing should be fine If you don't mind climbing out of the saddle for a bit.
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So a standard with a 12/28 will be okay? I'm doing the 300. I guess its not the steepness, its duration of it
Yes Eric,

The first time I climbed Potrero I did it with a 39 x 27t and while it was rather brutal, it was do-able. The next several years I used a triple, 30 x 27t and the last couple of years my compact double, 34 x 32t.

Plus, you should know that there are three Potrero climbs. First is what I call pre-Potrero, which is a long climb but not super steep and kind of gets your legs warmed up for the Real (middle) Potrero. This is the brutal one, prepare to suffer. Then Post-Potrero (you are still on Potrero road) is another long but not killer steep climb with usually (last few years, anyway) a checkpoint near the top, on the left.

Lots of climbs to come, of course, with Grimes Canyon, the Dennison Grade and Casidas Pass but Potrero is the steepest, for sure.

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K K, I think by the time it comes, I should be able to swap a few parts around and have the compact/11-28 on the bike I wanna do it in. You know I'm old school, I have to do it on a '95 or older steel bike. Older the better!
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