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Old 10-08-15, 11:31 PM
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Lower Gears - Ended up with FSA Afterburner 48/36/26

The way things worked out I had the crank swapped out and ended up with the FSA Afterburner vs. the Deore. I think I like the looks of Shimano better, but it seems like a well made crank set and BB.

The short way home from the train station includes a section with an 11% grade from an overpass all the way to the turn in for the condo. I could really tell the difference between a 30 and the 26.

Next I will swap out the cassette from an 11-30 to 11-34 just to give me a little lower yet.

Pedaling up the 11% grade with the 26 - 30 my speed was around 4-5 mph. It was still a bit of a struggle with 94 degree temps and heat index of 102. Whew!

Wouldn't you know it that we finally start getting some cooler weather and then it heats up again.
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The way things worked out I had the crank swapped out and ended up with the FSA Afterburner vs. the Deore. I think I like the looks of Shimano better, but it seems like a well made crank set and BB.

The short way home from the train station includes a section with an 11% grade from an overpass all the way to the turn in for the condo. I could really tell the difference between a 30 and the 26.

Next I will swap out the cassette from an 11-30 to 11-34 just to give me a little lower yet.

Pedaling up the 11% grade with the 26 - 30 my speed was around 4-5 mph. It was still a bit of a struggle with 94 degree temps and heat index of 102. Whew!

Wouldn't you know it that we finally start getting some cooler weather and then it heats up again.
Look out Mt. Everest, here you come!!!
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Look out Mt. Everest, here you come!!!
Or, closer to home, try the annual Fargo St. climb in Los Angeles.

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Or, closer to home, try the annual Fargo St. climb in Los Angeles.

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Way above my pay grade! Click the link to the Fargo Street Hill Climb and it takes you to a "Waiver". At a grade of a whopping 35% I think I'll pass.
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or, closer to home, try the annual fargo st. Climb in los angeles.

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sweet!!!
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Or, closer to home, try the annual Fargo St. climb in Los Angeles.

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The 32% grade (a 17.74 degree incline) of Fargo Street looks absolutely brutal, but I’d LOVE to assail it!

The steepest I’ve had available in my general vicinity is a 19.3% grade which I had no problem ascending straight up via my mountain bike. However, I realize that a 32% grade is a significantly more aggressive ascent, so I wouldn’t want to place a sizeable bet on my making it to the top on my first attempt (though I’d wager a lunch that I could make it on my first attempt via the low gearing of my mountain bike, but I wouldn’t be pedaling straight up that ascent). I LOVE those kinds of challenges!

Unfortunately, I live roughly 3,000 miles away in Pennsylvania, so there’s not much likelihood of me ever giving it an attempt.
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And here I thought 20% was steep. I'll leave 32 for the young kids.

Going to check out the Afterburner (FSA)
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