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I switched to a COMPACT because..........

Old 11-01-09, 03:25 PM
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I switched to a COMPACT because..........

"...anything other than a 53-11 is just an excuse."


Your turn. Why did you switch or why will you switch....?
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Old 11-01-09, 03:34 PM
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Needed better hill gears for my old knees, and the q-factor of a triple just plain hurts.
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Old 11-01-09, 03:38 PM
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50x11 is tall enough, and 34x26 is short enough.

Actually, I wouldn't have bothered switching if my bike's crank wasn't being replaced under warranty. I just took it as an opportunity to try something different.
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I don't get it- a lot of compacts are 50/34. I equip one when I want a little inner ring
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Old 11-01-09, 03:44 PM
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Because my LBS ordered and installed the wrong crankset!

They told me to take it for a ride or two before I switched to a 53/39 and I decided that I liked it.
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Originally Posted by lohump View Post
"...anything other than a 53-11 is just an excuse."
wut
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Old 11-01-09, 03:45 PM
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Old 11-01-09, 03:49 PM
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I gained gear inches at the top (50x11 is bigger than 53x12) and lost gear inches at the bottom (34x25 versus 39x27).

Just makes more sense unless you're really strong or only ride in flat places.
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Old 11-01-09, 04:21 PM
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I like to climb with a high pedal cadence on gradients approaching 20%.
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Old 11-01-09, 04:29 PM
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I don't need the gear inches of a full double and like the shorter climbing inches. I like to save my knees and spin high cadence. I love my compact.
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50/34 because I am 50 and climb a lot of hills. On the advice of a knowledgable team racer. As it turns out, he was right.
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Old 11-01-09, 04:39 PM
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I am switching because I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains and have to climb them all the time.
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Bought a new bike at 62 this year with compact gearing and although at first I felt like a girlie man now I wouldnt go back. Had my old bike out this am because of the lousy weather we've been having and I could not believe how much more tired my legs felt when done as compared to last Sunday on almost the exact same ride.Besides that my average speed seems to always be greater on the compact. I think pushing smaller gears on the bigger ring has some benefit, perceived or otherwise.Maybe its the leverage I donno but there is a difference.

Should say my first bike had a 52/39 on it, my second a 53/42 which felt a stretch for me as I bought it while over 55 and had been used to the smaller gearing on my first bike. This bike seems like a dream compared to the 53/42.
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Old 11-01-09, 05:29 PM
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....because one was equipped on two bikes I was test riding for frames....I could not believe the difference!!!! Now I am happily spinning my way up the steepest climbs in Boise and beating my friends while doing it.
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As others have said, easier on the knees, easier to climb, I get to spend more time in the big ring without cross-chaining, one change I made was from a 50/34 to a 50/36. Didn't give up much on the climbing gears and have less adjusting to do on the rear cassette when switching from the big to little ring or vice-versa.
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Old 11-01-09, 06:16 PM
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In the old days 52-42
In my late 30s 52-39
Then 50-36
Then 50-34

Then I put a 12-27 on the 50-34.
Sure, there are a lot of hills here, but not more than in 1975.
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Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
Sure, there are a lot of hills here, but not more than in 1975.
I don't know. There have been a few quakes since '75.
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Because my damn triple never shifted down to the 30 under any kind of load whatsoever.
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Because Rival doesn't come in a triple .
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Originally Posted by JoelS View Post
Needed better hill gears for my old knees, and the q-factor of a triple just plain hurts.
This.


Originally Posted by BurnsRubber View Post
I like to climb with a high pedal cadence on gradients approaching 20%.
This too.
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50/34 because I am 50 and climb a lot of hills. On the advice of a knowledgable team racer. As it turns out, he was right.
[quote=fatdad;9964635]As others have said, easier on the knees, easier to climb, I get to spend more time in the big ring without cross-chaining QUOTE]

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Needed better hill gears for my old knees, and the q-factor of a triple just plain hurts.
Pretty much a wrap ----- Lp
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because I bought a new bike. I had no previous problems with a standard double, but I doubt I'll ever go back.
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I have on in the garage in a box never used... just in case.
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The problem I have with the compact is that when I accelerate I tend to break traction and do burn outs far too easily. Any suggestions for lightening up on the pedals would be appreciated.
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The problem I have with the compact is that when I accelerate I tend to break traction and do burn outs far too easily. Any suggestions for lightening up on the pedals would be appreciated.
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