Old 10-31-18, 02:28 PM
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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?
Back in '16 I rode my 1964 Legnano Roma with original old school Campy 52/42 and a 28t 6 speed rear. I ended up walking 3 hills. I skipped '17 with health issues, and built a "cheater" '73 Raleigh Super Course with a Sugino 32/40/50 triple and a Shimano Megarange 34t 6 speed freewheel. I also lost 40 lbs, since '16. I still walked 3 hills, but I got farther before I bailed. Ride whatever you want, its all good, but cheater gears worked better for me. I'm 69 years old.

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