you people out there riding double or tripple?

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  1. 531Aussie

    531Aussie Well-Known Member

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    Ok, I didn't wanna be a hero, but my 53/42 and 11/21 is all I've ever needed, and that includes Mt Dandenong. :D

    I raced for a few years, and trained with plenty of strong riders, and
    I have NEVER seen a strong rider with a triple :p

    ....and what the hell are the Yarra cycleways?
     


  2. larryb

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    glad to hear that strong winds aren't a problem down under.

    uphere on the flats of Delmarva, the wind can really suck.

    i'll keep my tripple, thank you.
    the double is on my mag trainer and for
    sunny, calm days outside.
    :D
     
  3. malcomm

    malcomm New Member

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    So now your a hero. Congratulations...
     
  4. ed073

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    Does this mean Sydney riders are soft? Triple chainrings, lattes on Darling Harbour and no training if it's below 15 degrees?

    :D
     
  5. 531Aussie

    531Aussie Well-Known Member

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    Couldn't agree more :D

    If I couldn't get up ANY hill in a 42/21, or maybe a 23, I'd give it up :p
     
  6. malcomm

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    Hmmph, bloody cheek.
    You definately need triples around Darling Harbour to climb over all the prams and strollers etc wheeled about by the unthinking non-cycling mortals who clutter up the place. If not prams then the sunbathing tourists.;)

    Contrary to popular belief it does get cold (ish) here. My first year in Sydney was spent at Condell Park and it snowed one winter morning. I'm now in the Eastwood area and winter riding is often around 5-7 degrees around 6am.
    Nothing like the cold elsewhere in Oz though.
     
  7. 531Aussie

    531Aussie Well-Known Member

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    Now THAT is cheek :p
     
  8. philhudson

    philhudson New Member

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    Double on my cannondale, Triple on my mountain bike.
     
  9. xbgs351

    xbgs351 New Member

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    I have hips with a 5th percentile width. Hence for me to ride triples would involve me doing the splits.

    With a 39/53 chain ring and 12/25 cluster I can get up Mt Hotham, so I don't need any more gearing.
     
  10. xbgs351

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    That's down right balmy. Subtract 10 deg. C. and you will have inland temperatures.
     
  11. Carrera

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    One word of caution. If you change gear on a triple and there's some maladjustment, the chain can wind round the crank, jam, pull your rear derailier right out of line and have you off the bike. Triples are terrific for alpine work but I basically now adopt caution when I change crank.
    Something like that happened to David Millar but I don't think he was on a triple. I can tell you it's a dangerous and costly experience as a yank on the derailier can knock the gears way off. After my experience, I slow right down when shifting the cogs and make sure the chain feeds on smoothly.
    Triples are fine but definitely a touch more complex.
    Even so, I still prefer triples so long as I'm careful to keep them lined up.

     
  12. daggo

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    Both, I have a tripple on my Co-motion Espresso Co-Pilot I just built.
    Im taking it over the eastern Kentucky Mountains this summer. I can't imagine doing it on a double. Also, It's the last bike I'll ever need to buy
     
  13. dhk

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    Agree the triple takes a bit more care on the setup, since the middle ring cage setting depends on cable tension rather than the limit screws. But, once setup, they shouldn't be a problem. My bike only required one tension tuning after the first 600-800 miles; it doesn't even have a barrel adjuster on the FD cable.

    I did drop the chain off the inside a couple of times when I first got the bike. Wasn't used to having the little ring, and popped the shift into granny at too high a speed for my cadence to match up. Now, it's not a problem.
     
  14. Cyclist14

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    I have a triple and its not that bad, extra weight, sure, but its something to fall back on.


    I have never used it before though, I stay on the Medium and/or Large ring, its ridicolous how some people boast about being able to take a 15% grade on the big ring, they are the ones who get knee problems.
     
  15. kspangler

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    I'm running a triple right now, but researching compact crank - carbon for future upgrade.
     
  16. Shredpirate

    Shredpirate New Member

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    I ride a triple

    Whats the "Tyler Special" ?
     
  17. mcdonne

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    I didn't know this forum was for macho bikers only. What is wrong with riding a triple when the terrain warrents it? I ride an Ultegra triple on my Bianchi Talledaga and a triple on my Trek mountain bike.
     
  18. hockey

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    I just switched over to a compact double crankset. I can switch out the cranks in about 10 minutes from compact to standard ultegra. This seems to be the best of both worlds. My original intention was to use the compact in the hilly areas where I ride in the summer, but I have found very little compromise in using it daily. This season will give me a chance to evaluate the use of the compact on a daily basis.
    Hockey
     
  19. LockinUp

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    What about a single?
    www.kingzoftheroad.com
     
  20. lohsnest

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    I ride an FSA Carbon Team Triple. I really think that triples were invented for a good reason and that they are here to stay. Call it a grannie ring or whatever, if you don't want to use it, don't.
     
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