Thanks Dave for the input. I guess the LeMond stays home, and I'll bring the cross bike.
> wrote:--- In email@example.com
> Question, will this years ride require a double or triple chain
> Will I have problems with using a LeMond with only 2 rings?
The answer is the same as Bob Dole said when a reporter
asked, "Boxers or briefs?" His supposed reply: "Depends."
The territory is hilly enough for some folks to want a triple. But
I know a guy who did the Columbus Fall Challenge (CFC) on a heavy
single speed bike with a coaster brake. So it depends on the engine
(you) and your preferences. You would not likely have to walk a
hill with a triple.
If you don't have a triple you may alternately stand and sit,
especially on a longer hill. Sometimes you can shift to a higher
gear when standing. The main trick is to keep pedal cadence high
enough (but not too high when standing) to avoid damage to the
It also depends on the size of your smaller ring on a double. Some
bikes have a too-large smaller ring for hilly roads. I once had one
with 52-48, which was barely noticeable when you shifted. My next
bike had 52-44, which was better, but I swapped to 52-40, which was
much better for hills. I think I may have walked a couple of hills
with that one, but not many.
I now have a triple, but I don't use "granny" all that often. But
it's sure nice to have on killer hills like Reynolds Rd. (Utica) and
Stringtown, Revenge, and Savage (Lancaster).
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