reohn2 wrote:NetworkMan wrote:Please, please don't just buy any old road bike without being sure the gears will go low enough. As Reohn2 rightly points out many, many write in to this forum asking how they can get lower gears on a road bike with a compact double chainset. We virtually never get anyone complaining that their gears don't go high enough!
And I'll guess a vast majority of riders very,very rarely ever use the top three gears,particularly on road geared bikes.
but still having them isn't really hindering is it, even for those fairly new to cycling, it can also serve as a teaching tool for the future as to what one might or might not want/need.
I spin out on my hybrid (48-12) within a few hundreds metres of hitting the 7% slope on the way to the supermarket, I enjoy/prefer pedalling downhill whenever I can, I was going to swap cassettes or c/ring some years back but I'm too tight to change something that I can put up with. Not having a high enough gear, aside from racing isn't really a massive deal, just an annoyance/inconvenience, it's massively more preferable than not having a low enough gear for sure and why the triple wins out most of the time in terms of ease of providing that.