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Gearing Question

Old 07-13-08, 08:32 PM
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Gearing Question

Just getting into road riding after being a MTB rider for many moons... There seems to be a alot more gearing options for road bikes vs my current downhill mtb setup. 2x9, 3x10 etc... Living in a flat state like Texas; are there any advantages to going with 3 gears in the front or am I good with 2 in the front and 10 in the back. I see riders with both and can't decide which gearing would best for me. any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-13-08, 08:34 PM
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2x10 is all you need. 3x10 is pretty much mountain bike gearing. Ok for newbies, but shifting suffers a bit.
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Old 07-13-08, 09:00 PM
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You should really only need a triple if there are big hills and you don't have any sort of muscles, which, in texas after mountain biking, shouldn't be an issue. Get a double, and if you're worried, get a compact crankset.
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