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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:08 pm 
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I'm vain enough to want to run a double rather than a triple but sensible enough to realise I need lower gearing on the Tuscan hills, particularly the dirt road ones.

I have a modern alloy compact that will serve but wondering whether anyone has something a little more period, possibly a Stronglight?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:39 pm 
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Ed, you know very well that is against the spirit of the event, as it is not against the rules. I have seen a french guy going up monte sante marie with a bike where he needed to pedal backwards to engage a smaller ratio... now, man up and re-fit that 52x42... :wink:
Next time I'll do the Eroica it'll have to be on a 3 speed Cambio Corsa... if I will ever be able to get one!


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 7:06 pm 
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I thought that lower gears were allowed (even if considered a touch unmanly)?

My lowest gear last year was 42x23 and that certainly made it more of a struggle than necessary so this year will have at least a 28t but the climb to Montalcino is a brute (didn't have to tackle it last year but did so in 2010) so as I'm older and fatter I need all the help that I can get. Thinking further, I'm not sure that admitting to my mental cowardice in public only 3 months before the event is very wise.

Anyone help with a chainset otherwise it could be a long days walk......


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:41 am 
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I have a Stronglight 38/48 from a 1977 Dawes tourer 8) c/w BB if I can get it out!! :|


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:56 pm 
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I've got a Stronglight I think 36/48 on 170, will just go and check teeth


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:45 pm 
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Thanks for the responses, the 36t Stronglight sounds interesting.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:32 pm 
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Just cleaned it up, 36/48 Stronglight80 170mm comes if you want with nifty sealed bb which appears running v smoothly no rattles/ loose movement, no idea if is Stronglight both surfaces marked INA04 standard tapered axle approx 123mm long. Teeth you will see for yourself when I get pics up but I'd describe as pretty mild wear but v clearly not mint.

Will try and find out what bb is then suggest a price.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:47 am 
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just checked and mine is 36/48 :)


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:04 pm 
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Can't identify bb, this is it, hope you think £49 posted sounds reasonable?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:22 pm 
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Can't match Deegs's price but I think you'll like my chainset all the same! Proper old-skool TA Specialities 36/48 - sorry I don't have the Stronglight anymore :)


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