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Old 12-31-06, 08:11 PM
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SoCal BF'ers, triple,compact, or standard crank?

Just thought I'd ask! Idea came to mind after yesterday's GMR ride. On one of the climbs, SCVRoadie yelled out,"Beanz, is that a triple?". The he continued teasing me and calling me reindeer names!

I know I've gotten spoiled using the triple. I need to get back on and start riding my Cannondale again. It's got a standard 53/39-12/25. Used it on Ride Around the Bear, but this year, I'm just outta shape!

But I'm fast on the downhill!
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Standard double 53/39-12/25.
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Standard double 53/39-12/25.

Really? You did the ski lifts on standard-12/25? Pfft! If you can do that, then you can do just about any hill or mtn with it!
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Compact 50/36 - 12/25.
Triple on my touring bike.
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I'd love to have the leg power to spin normal doubles but rocking the trip's for now.
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I just switched from a standard double to a compact last week.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz
Really? You did the ski lifts on standard-12/25? Pfft! If you can do that, then you can do just about any hill or mtn with it!
Perhaps you missed the part about the stopping, the almost crying and the verbal abuse?!?!!?!? I need a compact crank!!!
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Old 12-31-06, 08:31 PM
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Compact and 12/27. I'd put on a triple before going back to a standard double. I'm not a young guy like you, Beanz.
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53/39 and 12-15. Haven't done anything on it yet though.
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Originally Posted by Brandy
Perhaps you missed the part about the stopping, the almost crying and the verbal abuse?!?!!?!?

I thought I was the only one!
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Best combo I have tired thus far is a Compact Double 50/34 with a 12-25 in the back. You can put on a 12-27 if you really need the extra gearing for hills and it almost covers the same grearing as a Triple.

With the Santa Monicas here in So. Cal. I find this setup to be the best ....

I can outspin the 50/12 on even slight downhill grades, but that is ok. I enjoy it for the climbing
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my 1980-somethin beast has a standard crank but i will be getting an 06 allez triple within a few months. i got no pride. plus i'm a noob.
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Originally Posted by awiner
Best combo I have tired thus far is a Compact Double 50/34 with a 12-25 in the back.

I can outspin the 50/12 on even slight downhill grades, but that is ok. I enjoy it for the climbing
That's what I have now. I did experience spinning out on GMR at just over 30mph but I shouldn't complain... the new crank helped get me up to where I needed to go.
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Standard double 53/39-12/27 'cause I'm a wimp!
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Bontrager Compact
12/27
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this is the one I want.
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Originally Posted by Oleanshoebox

this is the one I want.

call Surf City cause they may still have some '06's they are blowing out....
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50/36 12-25 on my multi-purpose bike
50/34 12-27 on my lightweight bike
53/39 12-25 on my cruiser
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Old 12-31-06, 09:59 PM
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I switched from a 52/39 to a compact 50/34. Now I'm able to save face with the 34x26 low gear..
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Originally Posted by Brandy
Standard double 53/39-12/25.

me too.

i'll pull ya up the hills.
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Standard 53/39-12/25. Did fine on Baldy. Just got real tired at the end.
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Originally Posted by I am The Edge
me too.

i'll pull ya up the hills.
I don't need anyone pulling me anywhere!!!
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Originally Posted by Neccros
Standard double 53/39-12/27 'cause I'm a wimp!
That's not being a wimp that's the smart pick unless you're man enough to push a 11/23. The 12/25 cassette is just silly since it's the same as a 12/27 except the last two gears, which is where you really want the extra teeth. If you're using those cogs you will probably be happier will lower gearing than trying to maintain optimum cadence.

SRAM's new 11/26 cassette is an interesting option. That's what I'll probably install when my 12/27 wears out.
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Originally Posted by Pico
SRAM's new 11/26 cassette is an interesting option. That's what I'll probably install when my 12/27 wears out.
11/26 would be sweet!
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I got a 11/23 in my parts bin waiting till I get good enough to push those gears..... I needed a cassette when I built my bike and my friend had the 11/23 so I bought it... then recently got the 12/27 for a good deal...
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