Need lower gears for touring, What are my options?

jamienorton
jamienorton Posts: 182
edited July 2012 in Workshop
So i plan on doing some touring next summer, initial plan is ferry to Spain then ride back through France, this obviously will take me over the Pyrenees. I went out on a ride yesterday of 40miles and 4000ft of climbing and while i didn't have to get off and push at any point i really struggled with the hills and the headwind (probably more so the wind). Heres the ride http://app.strava.com/rides/14136078 im guessing this would be an easy day on the Pyrenees?

The bike i plan on using is this http://www.rosebikes.co.uk/article/rose ... aid:532649. Currently has 46/36 Crankset and 12-25 cassette, would i need to be a superhero to get this over the Pyrenees loaded with tent and rear panniers?

So what are my options, new bikes not a possibility. Id rather keep a double, converting to a triple would be expensive? Could i get it low enough with a wider range cassette and smaller inner ring?

Comments

  • trekvet
    trekvet Posts: 223
    edited July 2012
    I c Rose Bikes do a 34t inner as an option; ask them if it will fit on your crankset. My 105 road bike came with MTB cassette 11-34t and XT rear mech (long reach), just as I ordered it. Perhaps you need same - MTB cassette 11-34t** and XT rear mech - and a longer chain, but check current XT mech. will work with your levers. Basicly you need as low gearing as you can get; too low would not be a problem, whereas not low enough and you get off and push.

    As an option have alook at http://www.leisurelakesbikes.com/product/srampg-103010speedcassette.aspx?&id=19280
    Remember you don't have to use the 36t. it would just be there if needed.


    ** I've current ly got on an Ultegra 12-27t so they are inter-changeable.
    The Wife complained for months about the empty pot of bike oil on the hall stand; so I replaced it with a full one.
  • jamienorton
    jamienorton Posts: 182
    I already have the bike, when i ordered i had no interest in touring, after a bit of googleing i think a MTB Rear mech,cassette and maybe a smaller in ring will be my best bet, hows yours for getting up hills?. Am i right in thinking a 9 speed mtb derailleur would work with a 10 speed cassette and shifters?
  • trekvet
    trekvet Posts: 223
    Possibly as the gear settings are in the shifter, not the rear mech., but the jockey wheels may be thicker on a 9-speed (google it). As you have 10 speed cassette and shifters you need the mech. as per my other reply, cassette, and chain. I have edited the other reply; check out the link to 36t.
    The Wife complained for months about the empty pot of bike oil on the hall stand; so I replaced it with a full one.
  • John.T
    John.T Posts: 3,698
    A 9sp MTB mech will work fine. Just make sure it will take the biggest sprocket on the cassette. Some will only take a 32 (officially but will probably work fine with a 34)
    You can go down to a 33 ring up front as well (check Stronglight at Spa Cycles). This is far your cheapest option and will give just as low gears as a triple.
  • mister p
    mister p Posts: 405
    If you buy a 9 speed Shadow rear mech then it will work with a 36T sprocket on the rear.
  • jamienorton
    jamienorton Posts: 182
    Thanks for all the help guys, so just for final clarification if i get this http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php ... 441&z=3152 and this http://www.leisurelakesbikes.com/produc ... ?&id=19280 and a new inner 33 or 34t ring and new 10speed chain, im good to go?
  • John.T
    John.T Posts: 3,698
    Thanks for all the help guys, so just for final clarification if i get this http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php ... 441&z=3152 and this http://www.leisurelakesbikes.com/produc ... ?&id=19280 and a new inner 33 or 34t ring and new 10speed chain, im good to go?
    That should be fine. You could save a bit of money at Chain Reaction and even more by getting the SLX version. Scroll link down. The GS version should be fine for your set up and looks a bit better than the longer cage SGS. You don't need the longer cage as you don;t have the big differences of a triple.
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=20700
  • jamienorton
    jamienorton Posts: 182
    Yes, i plan to shop around for the cheapest, bikediscount.de seems to have good prices, im a bit out of touch with shimano mtb components, is there a hierarchy similar to road components, is slx or equivalent to 105 and xt to ultergra?
    I also found a deore 11-36 cassette that's cheaper than the sram version however it mentions something called Dyna-Sys http://www.bike-discount.de/shop/k750/a ... 11-36.html, ive always thought a cassette is a cassette, would i have ant issues with these new shimano cassettes? Thanks for all the help btw.
  • mister p
    mister p Posts: 405
    Dyna-Sys basically means 10 speed. So it will be fine.
  • John.T
    John.T Posts: 3,698
    Yes, i plan to shop around for the cheapest, bikediscount.de seems to have good prices, im a bit out of touch with shimano mtb components, is there a hierarchy similar to road components, is slx or equivalent to 105 and xt to ultergra?
    I also found a deore 11-36 cassette that's cheaper than the sram version however it mentions something called Dyna-Sys http://www.bike-discount.de/shop/k750/a ... 11-36.html, ive always thought a cassette is a cassette, would i have ant issues with these new shimano cassettes? Thanks for all the help btw.
    Dyna-Sys is the new Shimano 10sp MTB kit. It appears that nothing is cross compatible with any other Shimano range. The only thing that this may not apply to is the cassette but I can not find anything to say yes or no. I would recommend going for a Sram one which is known to work.
  • mister p
    mister p Posts: 405
    The Shimano cassette will be fine.
  • John.T
    John.T Posts: 3,698
    mister p wrote:
    The Shimano cassette will be fine.
    You said that Dyna-Sys was basically 10sp but that was not really correct. Shimano and most others I have found say that nothing is compatible with the other ranges. I could find nothing to say this did not include the cassette. I suspect it would be OK but without proof I would not recommend it. By all means post something that proves it is compatible if you can find it and we will all have learnt something. Just saying it will be fine is not useful, especially to someone about to spend money.