So I'm not a cycling noob - started racing road in the 80's and have done every discipline except track till now.
Borrowed a buddy's bike for my intro course at the Superdrome a couple weeks back. It had 50x14 on it (!) which I knew was high, but he didn't have anything else handy.
These days on the road I race cat 4 masters... so I'm not spinning any 50x14 unless it's downhill with a tailwind, drafting.
Our local Friday night races are mostly short scratches, points and miss n outs. I'm a decent road sprinter but the only races I've won were solo attacks and small group sprints after long RR's, so I'm definitely an endurance guy.
Help me out with my reasoning and how to think about gear choices...
So I've been playing around with Sheldon's gear calculator, using this logic: I can TT / threshold around 23 mph, and can comfortably sit a small group in the 25mph range.
I spin comfortably / optimally at around 100 cadence.
So, do I pick a gear that spins 100 at 25mph? Or 23? Or something else I'm missing?