Newbie girlie question.....

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by snapper_37, 20 Feb 2008.

  1. snapper_37

    snapper_37 Barbara Woodhouse's Love Child

    Location:
    Wolves
    What is the difference between a double and triple chain set?

    I have only had triple sets (is this 3rd ring what my roadie friend at work calls the granny gear??).

    Does it mean that I won't get smaller gears for steep hills.

    Sorry if I sound like a complete novice but .... I am on this subject!!!!

    Thanks
     
  2. OP
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    snapper_37

    snapper_37 Barbara Woodhouse's Love Child

    Location:
    Wolves
    Aww thanks Paul! You got in first though :wacko:

    Ok, so I'm fairly bike fit but always had a triple. If you've read my other post, I want to get rid of the drop bar Trek I have *shame*. I quite fancy the Cinelli Hoy Hoy Rats but think it's a double.

    Crank set FSA 34/50
    Freewheel Shimano 12/25 8 speed

    I hope I've quoted the right things.

    I'm just worried that I will look a right moose on an especially steep hill???
     
  3. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    User obviously has an automated script scanning this forum for any new thread with the words new and girl in it!! :wacko: :wacko:
     
  4. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    That there bolded be a so called compact. The 34 front and 25 rear will give you a gear which will get up most hills. It's probably not too far away from the triple you have/had.

    For instance I have a triple which is 30 front 25 rear, not so different. A compact will give you a wider spread of gears over a smaller range. You'd need to clue us up on which gears you currently have and ride so we can advise on whether it would suit.
     
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    snapper_37

    snapper_37 Barbara Woodhouse's Love Child

    Location:
    Wolves
    Hi Crackle, I ride a Trek 1.2 Pilot WSD and a Scott Sportster P1. Most of the time I use the 1st and 2nd cog (2 biggest). Blimey I sound so daft! B

    Trek:
    CRANKSET : Bontrager Select 52/42/30
    CASSETTE : Sram PG950 12-26, 9 speed

    SCOTT:
    "Shimano Deore XT, RD-M772,
    27 Speed"

    Front Derailleur
    Shimano Deore LX FD-M581 31.8mm clamp

    Shifters

    Chainset
    Truvativ Firex 3.1 black 48x38x26 w CG

    Bottom Bracket

    Chain

    Freewheel
    Shimano HG-50-9, 11-32T

    I think I've picked out the bits of info you need above.

    Thanks a lot for your advice.

    Oh ... and what are most hills??? Lol, I think the hills you guys ride up are a bit different to mine, so to speak :wacko:
     
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    snapper_37

    snapper_37 Barbara Woodhouse's Love Child

    Location:
    Wolves

    :ohmy: :wacko:

    :tongue::tongue::tongue:
     
  7. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    It would be polite for a new girl on here to post a picture of herself in the Girls in Lycra thread! :wacko: :ohmy:
     
  8. OP
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    snapper_37

    snapper_37 Barbara Woodhouse's Love Child

    Location:
    Wolves
    Good job I'm not polite then! :wacko:
     
  9. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Damn!! :wacko: Will probably be seeing you in Soapbox in that case!
     
  10. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    Sorry if I'm asking dumb questions or teaching you to suck eggs. Do you mean 1st and 2nd at the back or the front. Generally you refer to the front ones as chainrings and the rear ones as cogs or rear block/cassette. Also with the rear the smallest is the first gear and the largest the last gear.

    So it's useful to know which combination you choose on the flat and climbing i.e. do you ride the large front chainwheel with the rear largest 2 cogs on the flat and the inner chainring (your Granny ring) and two largest rear cogs when climbing, or some other combination?

    Don't know the Scott but I know the Trek.
     
  11. OP
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    snapper_37

    snapper_37 Barbara Woodhouse's Love Child

    Location:
    Wolves
    Hi Crackly - you're not asking dumb questions at all - it's me!!

    I usually ride either the 1st or 2nd chain rings at the front. The back cassette, I kind of go with the flow - whatever feels comfortable at the time I suppose.

    User - WEST midlands, you know - the really posh area :wacko:
     
  12. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    OK, in general terms then, I would say that the compact double setup you've described will suit you well. There is of course some presuming going o there. On the compact you would probably stay in the largest for most riding, dropping to the inner for medium and steep hills.

    You always have the option of changing the chainrings on the bike if they don't suit and the rear cassette, though it's nice to avoid that if you can.
     
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    snapper_37

    snapper_37 Barbara Woodhouse's Love Child

    Location:
    Wolves
    Thank you Crackle - you're a star! ;)
     
  14. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    Hi & welcome.

    All I know about those three rings is that they are directly responsible for varying degrees of pain suffered on hills. The big ring = big pain, middle= a bit less pain & the little ring = least pain

    ...hope that helps:biggrin:
     
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