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Old 05-18-15, 02:59 PM
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If I lived in Florida I would ride a 53/42 with 11-23.
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If I lived in Florida I would ride a 53/42 with 11-23.
If I lived in Florida I'd just get a single speed.
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Why has no one mentioned that with a change in chain rings to 52/36 he could accomplish the same thing. If the OP rides 50/34 currently he has a compact crank, switching to 52/36 still uses a compact crank not the standard road double required by a 53/39.

I personally need all the help I can get going uphill so 52/36 is not for me, the few times I spin out of 50/12 are not worth the trouble I would have climbing some of the steeper grades.
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Can you really stay in the large chainring under all conditions in FL with the optimum cadence?
Yes. I'm in south Florida and the only time I've ever used my little chainring is when I just want to make sure the shifter still works. I've only used my little chainring outside of Florida
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put on a 53 and remove your small chainring.

...oh, and front derailleur.

and brifter. don't need that either, just a simple brake lever.
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Why has no one mentioned that with a change in chain rings to 52/36 he could accomplish the same thing. If the OP rides 50/34 currently he has a compact crank, switching to 52/36 still uses a compact crank not the standard road double required by a 53/39.
You can get any size chainrings for a 110 bcd.
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