Re: [gobagroup] Re: Double or Triple Chain Ring?
- Thanks Dave for the input. I guess the LeMond stays home, and I'll bring the cross bike.
Dave <nitemoves60@...> wrote:--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "the_gotsch_family"
> Question, will this years ride require a double or triple chainring?
> 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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> I now have a triple, but I don't use "granny" all that often. Butand
> it's sure nice to have on killer hills like Reynolds Rd. (Utica)
> Stringtown, Revenge, and Savage (Lancaster).Add Beck's Knob and Christmas Rock to the Lancaster hills.
> Dave (BigLotsBear)
I neglected to mention that I added the third chain ring to the
original double on my older Canondale. It already had the mounting
holes for it and I found the small ring (28, I think) at a bike shop
for $5, plus another dollar or so for the bolts. I actually should
have changed the bottom bracket, but it works. I eventually changed
the derailleur as the original double wouldn't reliably shift into
granny when I needed it.
If you have a 44 or larger small ring on a double, changing to a
smaller ring (40) shouldn't be a problem and will make a world of
difference. The size should be stamped on the ring, but if you
can't find it, just count the teeth. The worst problem might be
having to shorten the chain if the derailleur comes up too high when
you're in the smallest cog. (You shouldn't ride in this gear
Or just use Tamale Pop's free suggestion: walk the hill.