BBC NOT helping cycling
The BBC is following the progress of an "amature" cyclist as he trains for the British Cyclosportive. The guy is a PE teacher so I expect he has good fitness, but he claims to be a relative cycling novice. The issue I have is that for his first long distance ride they put him on a Condor Italia with what looks like 53/39 and probably a 12x23 or 25 cassette (I looked for the Condor group set specs but couldn't find them online). The thing that gets me is that most people starting cycling would find this gearing way too high, so if they follow what the BBC reports suggest I think they'll be put off and think that cycling is really tough and not for them. Let's face it anything over 100" is impractical for 90% of cyclist to push at 80 rpm for extended periods. What do you guys think?