Scootergirl wrote:My question is: if the extra 10 km or so I do in the morning is a flat route how much benefit will it be? Is it worth getting up earlier to clock up these extra km's???
matagi wrote:Read the article on hillclimbing in the current Bicycling Australia (Jan-Feb issue) and not only will you say something more than eek but you will probably need to lie down for a while.
parawolf wrote:But still... I need to be able to climb without grinding the gears.
Euan wrote:parawolf wrote:But still... I need to be able to climb without grinding the gears.
Grinding's bad, really bad. I don't get much practice on hills, I reall should get out to hills at weekends more but Lysterfield's becoming my weekend home...too much riding to do not enough time!
Anyway my point, have you considered either a triple or a compact crankset?
A triple probably doesn't need an introduction however compact cranks aren't as well known. This article on Compact Cranks and Gearing explains what they're all about. After 50,000kms my chain rings need replacing so I'm taking the opportunity to go down that route.
Euan wrote:Wow, 42 km/h average? That's very impressive (substitute suitable expletive for very)
Can't argue with your logic, it's kind of the same route I've taken except iwth a double. Living in Dingley Village and commuting to the city there aen't many hills in the way, with a cadence varying from 95-100 my small cogs are very very shiny in comparrison to the rest of the cassette.
There's a bunch ride the a.b crowd do which I'm aiming to start doing post CABC, very hilly and I'll need lower gears 'cause I run out of low gears on the steepest Blackburn Road hill (yeah, I suck that much. Mind you I do have in excess of 10kgs on the back.)
I need to get out there into the mountains,
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