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Old 04-25-19, 10:26 AM
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@burnthesheep I run a 54/44 and for training use an 11/23. I adjust the rear cassette for the race. During the strength and adaptation phase of training, I do low cadence work on the TT bike for strength training and ride 54/11 on Fiesta Island. I could use a 55 or 56. I like to keep the speed up so that I get the right muscle recruitment versus climbing on the TT bike and going slower.

As an anecdote on gearing, I did a stage race where the TT stage had an uphill section. I had a 54/44 12/25 ten speed. I was worried about the climb and not having a low enough gear. I was warming up next to Phipps (local NorCal strongman TT guy). I asked him about the climb and he said, he pre-rode the course the day before and used a 55 chain ring for the entire route. I did not mention my "concern" about my gearing.
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