My wife and I really need our 24-34 when the pitch gets over 10%, but I'm almost at the point where I'd rather walk these stretches than put up with the large gaps in the overall cassette. At our age we're happy to cruise along at 19 mph or so in the flats which puts us in our 48-17 combination.
If the road just turns up a bit or we turn more into the wind the 17-20-23 just kill our speed since SWMBO can't spin much over 92 or 93 (no complaints mind you). The 13-30 has a much more reasonable 17-19-21 progression.
Am I alone here? Granted, our drive train is a bit unusual with effectively 24-36-48-60 chainrings, but the cassette jumps will be the same regardless of the chainrings. The only saving grace with the 11-34 is that the 36 and 48 almost provide split gearing: I don't mind double-shifting on occasion, but don't want it to be standard practice.
Should I just slow down (more) and enjoy the roses?