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Do any pros use a triple?

Old 02-23-06, 10:53 PM
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Do any pros use a triple?

I know a lot of amateur cyclists are against it (some simply because of the "granny-gear" name), but what about the pros? While it might add a tad bit of weight, I could see how a few extra gears might help out on some quick mountain-elevation shifts. Do any pros use a triple?
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Old 02-23-06, 10:58 PM
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I seriously doubt it. Some of them do use Compact thought.
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Old 02-23-06, 11:07 PM
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As I recall, forum member "Euro" rides a triple -- and he is in the top 1000 in his home country.

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Originally Posted by AlanS
As I recall, forum member "Euro" rides a triple -- and he is in the top 1000 in his home country.
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Old 02-23-06, 11:57 PM
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I was going to post that question in July 2005 because of a little web feature on MSNBC that had been posted in July 2004 also. I just found it and here it is. If you select the road bike and then click on the crank, it says some of the road bikes will have triple chain rings. I guess some of the sprinters could possibly have had one to get over the mountains, but now I imagine a compact double would be better.

Imagine the ribbing you would get during the Tour with a triple. But, it's silly now since a compact double has the same gearing range, but not the stigma that a triple can carry with some people.

Here's the MSNBC.com article:

The Wheel Deal: Bicycles of the Tour
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HA>>>>!!!!! are you kidding...??, actually, most of the peloton in the Vuelta have reportedly used a tripple on the steepest stage days. you should be able to look up past Vuelta stages at Procycling.com etc...

beyond that, never.... some riders do throw on a 26 or so for some steep alps/ pyrennes stages.., but that's it.
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I don't wanna sound like a big fat 11t cog hero, but I just don't understand triples. Surely there are small enough gears available in a double, unless the rider wants to ALWAYS spin high revs

For example, a 39/27 has a roll-out of 3.045m, therefore, at 60rpm, that's 10.96kmh.

Who, ANYWHERE, is riding that much slower than 10.96kmh that they need a smaller chainring??!!
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Lance has been reported to use a DA triple in some climbing stages. I saw a photo of it in a magazine a few years ago.
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Roberto Heras does use triple, or at least used to when he was with USPS.
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Originally Posted by 531Aussie
I don't wanna sound like a big fat 11t cog hero, but I just don't understand triples. Surely there are small enough gears available in a double, unless the rider wants to ALWAYS spin high revs

For example, a 39/27 has a roll-out of 3.045m, therefore, at 60rpm, that's 10.96kmh.

Who, ANYWHERE, is riding that much slower than 10.96kmh that they need a smaller chainring??!!
60rpm isn't exactly spinning. You need the compact/triple if you are going ~10km/h but still want to maintain a 80+rpm cadence.
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yeah, I guess so, but don't most people climb at lower revs, and how steep are these hills that slow us down to 10kmh?

fast walking is 7kmh
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Do any pros use a triple?

Maybe not as many nowadays but Super Record had a triple option strada crankset.

Only a few years ago 8 speed and triples were the get me home setup for a number of classics riders.
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Old 02-24-06, 12:47 AM
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Originally Posted by bijut2008
HA>>>>!!!!! are you kidding...??, actually, most of the peloton in the Vuelta have reportedly used a tripple on the steepest stage days. you should be able to look up past Vuelta stages at Procycling.com etc...

beyond that, never....
People have tried both triples and compacts for the San Francisco Grand Prix... There's a hill there that is 2-3 blocks long and a ridiculous grade like 15%.
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15% is still not triple category, I hear some of the grades in a few pro races top 20%

I have made it up a 15% (not super long though) with a 42-54 11-21, but I was definitly not spinning!
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Originally Posted by Dr Mono
Roberto Heras does use triple, or at least used to when he was with USPS.
Thats not all he used.
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Old 02-24-06, 01:31 AM
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Let's just put it this way: It's very, very rare when Pro's use triples because most climbs can be completed with the correct compact chainrings and cassette gearing.
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Originally Posted by Dr Mono
Roberto Heras does use triple, or at least used to when he was with USPS.
Pretty sure a lot of riders used triple on stage 15 in the 2002 Vuelta de España. Mountain top finish on the Angliru, 12.9 km with an average grade of 9.6% and a max of 23%

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Do any pros use a triple?

Why should I care? Do I care if Senna uses slick tires? I don't think Ferrari has airbags on any of it's F1 cars... how about John Force? I hear he doesn't even have a heater in his race car! I guess I should yank the heater core and airbags out of the family minivan since that's not what the pros do.

Who cares? Do what you want because you want to do it. If you aren't a pro racer, why bother emulating the racers? It makes no sense.

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Standing on the Brasstown Bald stage of the tour of Georgia last year, we counted several triples. No telling how many we missed, because we didn't notice it until half the riders were already past.
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I ride up a road to my house every day that has a couple of 15% grade stretches (each about 200-300 ft long) - this part of a one mile long climb with an average grade in the 7% range. And anyone who doesn't believe that is invited to come over for a ride : ). My 'bail out' gear is a 39 x 25. I can't really imagine a pro using, needing or wanting a triple. When I first moved here I rode up that hill daily in a 39 x 21. Eventually I went to a 39 x23 - and now it's the 25. I use the 23 most days - but when I'm tired it's the 25 for sure. But I'm a 48 yr old hack racer - not a 28 yr old PRO.

I wonder if those Brasstown Bald triples were all on the bikes of the "I can't believe they're making us climb this f-ing hill' sprinter dudes : ).

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I have a few long and fairly steep grades all around me...one of them is about a mile long and maxes out at 13% up towards the top, and I use that hill to sorta gauge my fitness. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depends how you look at it), I am surrounded by hills and climbing....I just ordered up a compact crankset; mainly for brevet riding and the like, but it will come in handy for riding around here.

I know that some pros use compacts in the mountaineous races/stages, and I think in some of the more difficult mountain stages during a long race, they will be more widely used among the not-so-strong climbers as they gain popularity.
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Jeannie Longo used to use a triple..
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Originally Posted by socalrider
Jeannie Longo used to use a triple..
But that was part of some bizarre Franco lesbian velo cult thing.
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Heras' use of a triple was before compacts became the rage. I would imagine (with little evidence) that few if any pros use a triple now even on a similar stage of the Vuelta because of the widespread acceptance of compacts. I do know for a fact a number of pros are starting to use compacts.
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hey, i was thinking of blood doping, anyone know of any pros that do that?
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