BMC Pro Machine SLC01, Specialized Globe, Burley Rock 'N Roll tandem, Calfee Dragonfly tandem.
I've been exploring gearing options, and came across this nifty gear selection tool, at Gear-Calculator.com.
Here I compare the 53-39 double with SRAM 11-36 10-speed cassette, as seen and discussed on this Paketa, with my setup, which is a 53-42-30 triple with Campy 12-29 11-speed.
This nicely visualizes and quantifies what you get with each setup. The 2X 11-36 has quite similar range, but not nearly the close spacing of the 3X 12-29.
I really appreciate this close spacing on the riding we do, for example, keeping up with fast single riders on rolling terrain on our club training ride. Making many small shifts while keeping optimum cadence allows us to mix in with the half-bikes, which in comparison to tandems have more variation in speed and rapid accelerations.
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I always used the Sheldon Brown calculator, but I like the graphical display this one has. Good find.
Here's mine: 56/42/30 with Sram XX 10s 11-32
30x32 is nice (I will most likely even switch back to the 28t chainring after RAAM). I am trying to get away from this habit of mashing I have gotten into the last year or so, and get back to higher cadence. Climbing at 90 rpm is 6.6 mph with the 30x32 or 6.2 mph with the 28x32.
Since I have been getting back to higher RPM climbing, my power is going up on longer efforts (10+ min). http://app.strava.com/rides/666673#9929937 (my cadence here is mostly around 90 rpm, lower when standing)
*of course this example is my solo bike, and there are differences in preferable cadence between solo and tandem.
I just use a spreadsheet with formulas that calculate the gear-inches. Easy to do, and easy to show several different gearing scenarios one above the other. Also easy to add formulas calculating speed at various cadences in the various gear combinations.
It shows that we would need much lower gears to maintain a higher cadence. On 7.2% Tollhouse, our cadence was more in the 50-70 range, with a speed of only 3.6 mph.
I find climbing at 80-100 rpm makes more power (while seated), I like around 70's for standing. There are so many really steep hills around here that put us into that 50's rpm range, even with your typical tandem gearing, and it's just not efficient.
So I have no issues with running a 30x32 or 28x32.
My 32t cog is skipping on my XX cassette (I think it's the inbound limit screw or the aluminum big cog is just worn out), so I have been forced to use the 28t cog as my lowest gear (with 30t chainring, at the moment).. would have helped to have something lower on something like Metcalf (http://app.strava.com/rides/651634#9703410) after climbing Henry Coe at a solid pace earlier that day (http://app.strava.com/rides/651634#9703424).
My 32t cog is skipping on my XX cassette (I think it's the inbound limit screw
Easy way to find out.
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