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Old 01-20-14, 04:35 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
OP: Spent a week and a half in Borso del Grappa last year. Beautiful riding. Rode through, among other places, Enego, Foza, Gallio, Follina and Castello Tesino.
These places are almost all in my region, Veneto, I know them very well!!

Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
I don't know what a chainring costs in Italy but it still has to be less than a complete crank set. You can get a 20 tooth chainring from Amazon for $24 US. 22 and 24 tooth rings are going to cost roughly the same. I suspect that a new crank is going to cost between 5 and 10 times that, depending on the level you get.
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I'd just like to reinforce what the rest of the folks said about derailleur capacity. A 48/363/24 with a 11-34 rear cassette will work just fine.

However, I also agree with the folks that recommend lower gearing. I run a 44/32/22 and have done some pretty serious hill climbing with it, including the Swiss Alps. There are still times when I would like one more shift, but I attribute that to old age

You may have a relatively inexpensive option to lower your gearing. Shimano's 48/36/26 crankset is usually set up on a 64/104 , 4 arm crankset. This will allow you to go from "trekking" gears to "mountain" gears by just changing the chainrings, and lowering your front derailleur a bit. You won't have to worry about chainline issues, and it only takes about an hour. I've changes a couple of Deore cranksets from the original 48/36/26 chainrings to 44/32/22 without any issues.
Guys you're convincing me on this, I'll see how I perform in the hills around here on a stock configuration, if the situation gets too sweaty (or I get stuck!) I'll surely consider a lower chain ring before challenging Alps peaks, prices more or less are the same as there.
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These places are almost all in my region, Veneto, I know them very well!!

Rode some of the path up the Brenta River. Really nice. Saw the start of the final Giro stage in Riese Pio X. They rolled out of a pasta factory before the start. I believe this year's Giro will feature a time trial up Monte Grappa. The start of the climb was a few miles from our residence in Borso. Only one guy in our group did the climb. There was fresh snow up there and it was very, very cold.

On the way to Follina:

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