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    Moving to NorCal - need a recommendation on gear ratio

    moving from Houston to South Bay. Will have Mt. Hamilton, Sierra road and Calavares near by. I currently have a 53/39 - 11/28 set up. I'm sure this won't cut it but I'm torn between going compact 50/34 or sub compact 52/36. Cat 2 /Masters racer obviously not a climber coming from Houston

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    I'm an 80+ kg recreational guy who never got into racing and whose wife likely won't allow it at this point... and I ride the same area with 53/39 - 11/28.

    I've also ridden with 50/34 and 52/36 in the past.

    I am betting you will be happy with a 52/36 - 11/28 setup. Honestly there are plenty of hills here but many are not particularly long... you might just find a compact too small in front. This setup would be versatile.

    Mt. Ham, Sierra, Calaveras + Felter, all fun.

    Also there is Hicks / Mt Umunhum (which ARE super steep and pretty long)

    If you go up the peninsula a bit there is a ton of fun hillier riding, such as:
    Page Mill
    Old La Honda
    Kings

    Also plenty of rolling / flatter terrain that is great for riding (scenic, moderately safe roads, and well-traveled by cyclists enough that hopefully most drivers are used to us).

    Really there are too many places to even name, you're coming to a great place for riding.

    Your standard may be fine and also 52/36... might as well set up bike to be able to run both of those, I think it's possible with a same length chain if you get it right.
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    Since no one online knows how strong of a rider you are, how about this...wait until you arrive. Go ride the hills and see if you need different gearing.

    Sure we can share what works for us, but that doesn't mean it's right for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogus View Post
    Since no one online knows how strong of a rider you are, how about this...wait until you arrive. Go ride the hills and see if you need different gearing.

    Sure we can share what works for us, but that doesn't mean it's right for you.
    agree with rogus.. all the CAT2s I know can climb pretty well.
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    Sierra is probably the steepest of the roads you mentioned. If you can do that with your current gearing, you'll be fine for most rides, except perhaps Welch Creek Road near Sunol!

    https://ridechronicles.com/2015/09/1...ol-wilderness/

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    Basic rule of thumb around here is that an average ride involves about 1000 ft of climbing for every 10 miles. Most of the flatter roads have too many cars/people/stop signs or otherwise arenít great for cycling. So you will become a stronger climber. No reason to change gearing yet.

    (Iím a lot slower than you and ride compact with an 11-32 cassette because I like to have the bailout gear to keep going when I would otherwise be wrecked.)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Number9 View Post
    Sierra is probably the steepest of the roads you mentioned. If you can do that with your current gearing, you'll be fine for most rides, except perhaps Welch Creek Road near Sunol!

    https://ridechronicles.com/2015/09/1...ol-wilderness/
    Hate that road .. no payoff on the descent (Welch Creek)
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