Hi all, this is my first post, but I've been lurking for a bit and all the info here has been really helpful as I prep for my first tour ( I start next tuesday!).
So I know there have been quite a few gearing questions, but I'd like some thoughts on what would be best given my current set-up and proposed route:
I'll be riding from Seattle to LA on my Spec. Allez Comp Cro-mo; it's currently set-up for riding/racing with a double and a 12-25 cassette. On the tour I'm hauling a BOB trailer...will this current set-up be okay? or will I be hating life the first time I hit a climb? I'm considering finding a 12-27 which I can use post-tour for other especially hilly rides, will this be enough? My third option is to borrow an xt cassette and rear-derailleur from a friend (11-32, I think)?
Any thoughts on what I should do? -I'm leaning towards the 12-27 because I'll be taking my time on this trip and will be stopping and doing quite a bit of 'unloaded' riding (and I am really comfortable with my current ultegra setup), but if I can't track down a 12-27...?