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Rydogg
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I just got my first road bike and I'm struggling to climb some hills. I'm just not used to my new gears.

 

I have a double compact crank - 50/34 and a 9 speed cassette - 11/27. Shimano 105 group set.

 

I would like to know if I can get a smaller front chain ring, or a bigger rear chain ring, to help me with my climbing.

 

Is it just a case of replacing the chain rings? Where can I get them? What are the limtations?

 

Thanks

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34/27 is actually a low gear. But you can't really go lower then that. The only other option is a triple up front but you will need a new left shifter. If you go that route, you might aswell just walk, it will be faster.

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Yeah, like manfrog says, much lower and you'll be slower than walking. Best advice? Train.

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That is about as low as you can go with a standard road compact setup.

The alternative as already suggested is a triple crank or mtb type cassette (34), but that will probably require some additional bits too (rd, chain etc).

 

Soldier on, it will get easier.! ;)

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Finally, acknowledgement that roadies are toughrer than MTBers! TNT1 has the best advice in this instance.

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