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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 6:44 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Just rebuilding my Carlton Corsair for my 310 mile ride. At present it has a stronglight 52/42 chainring on. Now I have some big hills to climb and wondered if the chainset is fine as is or should I consider adding another ring.
I was planning on taking it back to original but having it ride for a 3 day ride is more important


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 6:59 pm 
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What stronglight chainset is it? a Stronglight 100 can be a triple, or perhaps a TA would be fitting....


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:05 pm 
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I do have another stronglight chainring which I could add. By sheer chance I was given some new ones with the same spacing as the set on the Corsair


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:30 pm 
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The other choice is sticking with a double but using a smaller ring


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:44 pm 
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I have a spare 38t but without changing the whole chain set that's the smallest I have. As it will be used for touring and hill climbing would it be better going to 42/38


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If you think 38t is low enough and a 42t is high enough then yeah why not.

I think traditionally the touring standard was 36, 48 for a double. Obviously you can fit whatever rings you think are suitable.

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The stronglight 80/ 100 take anything from a 28 to a 52+ and can be used as a double or triple.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:22 am 
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Thanks everyone, the ride isn't until September so I'm going to try a few local hills and see which chainring I feel happier with, luckily I have a killer hill round the corner from my house :)
The next decision is to use pedal cages or not. I don't want to over modernise the bike and doing bike recycling I have boxes full of period parts


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