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Originally Posted by triplebutted
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
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.
Rick / OCRR