Hitchy wrote:Still on compacts....I'm not sure why anyone who wasn't racing WOULDN'T be considering a compact if they were making an initial choice (ie: I wouldn't spend money to change, but at initial purchase stage).
Dilettante wrote:It's 1992. I want to do some riding. I go to buy a road bike from a high profile inner urban store that's still in business, armed with enthusiasm and next to no knowledge.
"Yeah, that fits you" says the salesperson, when I ask whether the 57cm frame will fit my 175cm, regularly-proportioned body. "It's the last one in stock."
Riding Every Day wrote:Hitchy wrote:Still on compacts....I'm not sure why anyone who wasn't racing WOULDN'T be considering a compact if they were making an initial choice (ie: I wouldn't spend money to change, but at initial purchase stage).
Shopping for my wifes' current road bike, (Cannondale Synapse with Ultegra 6700) we were talked into a compact crankset. It was a bad choice for/by us.
90% of our riding is done between Black Rock and Mornington. At speeds hovering between 25-35km/h. That equates to an awful lot of shifting between the 50 & 34 tooth chainrings at those speeds. That might be alright for an experienced rider, but I can tell you as the partner of a female, novice, uncoordinated rider, it was a friggin nightmare.
Less than three months after purchase, I had the bike fitted out with the standard 53/39 up front. She loves it. She can now spin along practically everywhere we ride without needing to leave the small chainring. As consolation, I threw a 28 tooth cassette on at the same time.
The compact crankset is back in the box on the garage shelf. I'm still deliberating whether or not she needs it for the AAC in January or whether she can HTFU and ride the 53/39.
Euan wrote:No point having big gears if you don't have the legs to push them. I don't so compacts for me; I like the 34/50. Having said that I've never tried the 36/50 but I do like low gears for hills.
Madrider wrote:Chief Wiggum wrote:Compacts just don't look "pro"
They do if you're riding the big mountain stages in the Giro
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