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Old 08-07-10, 06:02 PM   #1
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should i gear up/

I am running/riding a tri in september... i currently ride my cyclocross bike with 36/46 compact crank. The course is 17 miles, goes out 4 miles, then has about 5 miles of mostly downhill sections (towards the river) usually downwind, then the course follows the same road back for 5 miles uphill... down the hills i top out about 33mph, ad can't spin my cranks any faster.

would it be worth while to gear up a bit for the event? i usually cruise about 20mph in group rides in the 3rd cog up on my 12-26 ( i shoot for 80rpm). Is it not worth going up if i can only push the big boy gears on downhills?
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Old 08-07-10, 06:09 PM   #2
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I say just complete the race and then you will know what you need to do...Get some race time first before making changes .
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Start by capitalizing the letter I. Don't put too much thought into gearing as it is not important at this very moment. Just go out and have fun.
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Start by capitalizing the letter I. Don't put too much thought into gearing as it is not important at this very moment. Just go out and have fun.
i don't think that highly of myself ...

thanks for the insights guys, just looking for any advantage i can get over my buddy who i ride with who will kill me in the run by about 0:45 to 1 min/mile over the 5 miles
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