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Triple to double/compact?

ssk2ssk2 Posts: 25
edited March 2011 in Road beginners
Currently riding with a triple (Sora), but have been thinking about switching to a compact or maybe even a standard double.

On the 'pro' side, all I've come up with weight, slightly easier to adjust and (let's face it) it just looks a bit more...'normal'.

For cons, I've come up with the biggie of 'why bother?'

So, out of interest, how would I begin to go about switching my triple out? Is it a case of just buying a new Sora chainset? Is it difficult to change and would I be able to do it on my own (assuming a level of mechanical competence!)

Do people have thoughts? Is it not worth changing, stupid idea?

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  • LillywhiteLillywhite Posts: 742
    edited March 2011
    Wouldn't bother if it was me. Too much hassle.
  • unixnerdunixnerd Posts: 2,864
    Wouldn't both it it was me. Too much hassle.

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  • Peddle Up!Peddle Up! Posts: 2,040
    Wait until you upgrade to a new bike.
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  • John.TJohn.T Posts: 3,698
    It would need a new chainset and possibly a new front mech.
    You could just take the granny ring off and reset the front mech limit stops.
    Personably I would not bother. You don't have to use the granny ring but it is there if you do need it.
  • Mister WMister W Posts: 791
    If your triple is working okay don't bother. I change my wife's bike from a triple to a compact because her triple wasn't shifting properly (the result of a crash) but I wouldn't have done it otherwise.
  • jejvjejv Posts: 566
    Err... no.
    ssk2 wrote:
    (let's face it) it just looks a bit more...'normal'.
    Oh Dear.

    No.. No.. No...
  • ssk2ssk2 Posts: 25
    jejv wrote:
    Err... no.
    ssk2 wrote:
    (let's face it) it just looks a bit more...'normal'.
    Oh Dear.

    No.. No.. No...

    That comment was made very tongue in cheek, don't worry. I have faced a 'look' and a smirk or two from more 'established' roadies at sportives and cafes, but this has been rare and something that doesn't bother me.

    Thanks for the advice guys and gals, was pretty much what I was thinking!
  • FJSFJS Posts: 4,820
    Don't know what kind of riding you do, but I've ridden a triple, double, compact and old-style 52-42 double, and one of the things I like with my current triple is that there's only a 10 teeth gap (50-40-30), which saves shifting when moving between front rings on rolling terrain.
    Like John T says, you don't have to use the granny - I don't use mine in the UK, and it comes in handy in the Alps. And in the meantime I have a perfect 50-40 set-up here. Outweighs the weight, looks, and q-factor negatives for me
  • jejvjejv Posts: 566
    ssk2 wrote:
    jejv wrote:
    Err... no.
    ssk2 wrote:
    (let's face it) it just looks a bit more...'normal'.
    Oh Dear.

    No.. No.. No...

    That comment was made very tongue in cheek, don't worry.
    Yeah, well so was mine.

    I should have written:

    Oi!
    No!

    Have Fun...
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