part time waster wrote:
Its your bike , your gears , put on what you need . How can anyone tell you what and when to push.
I wouldn't bother. I have 50/34 on the winter trainer/turbo bike and 50/36 on the summer bike, both running 11-28 cassettes. Yes I can get up hills more comfortably with the 34, but the simple answer to that is slow down with the 36 rather than trying to bust a gut hoping to beat your riding buddy.
PB is the most sensible person on here.
I find that with a 50/34 I tend to use the 50 almost all the time and only use the 34 on relatively steep climbs. With a 52/36 I spend more time on the 36 than I would on a 34 and correspondingly less on the 52 than I would on a 50. Hence for me it is a more 'all-round usable' combination but for hilly rides or trips to the Alps I take a 50/34
Why is red better than blue ?