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Originally Posted by keithdunlop View Post
Thank you for starting this thread - I'm in downtown SLO if anyone local wants to train together. I'm targeting the 75 mile route.

I'm doing this for the first time and am just starting to collect parts for a "new" build based around a Guerciotti Record frame. Here's my question about gearing -- it seems contradictory to me that that you have this "vintage" bike ride on a course that requires mortal riders to gear their bikes almost to the point of a mountain bike. I've seen Eroica bikes equipped with mountain bike derailleurs and 32 cog cassettes mounted to modern freehubs and 36 inner chainrings. This seems odd to me. I'm in my early 50's and fit and I plan to run Campy Super Record all around, which likely means 52/42 with a 14-28 freewheel. I'm prepared to do a little walking if needed, but the purist in me wants to avoid going outside the spirit of the event.

Am I going about this wrong?
Not necessarily, but keep in mind that as I've stated before, there were plenty of touring bikes being built back then that were pretty extreme for the day. Jim Merz and Spence Wolf to name a couple. Jim was a touring guru and Spence was well known for his "alpine" gearing option.

Heres my 78 Merz touring with 52.42,36 up front and 14-3? out back, pretty much just as it was built that I rode in 2017.
And a 74 that was his and has been upgraded with more modern but was originally built very similar to the 78.
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