southdownswolf wrote:Dont be fooled into thinking that the triple will necessarily make the hills easier. A bike with compact 34-30 gearing is almost exactly the same as the lowest 30-27 gear on the triple.
Apologies, should have said I was looking to swap the cassette on either of them for a spare new 11-32 I've already got. I have a 48/36/26 chainset with a 11-32 cassette on my Roadrat, if I'm carrying a lot of stuff or going up an 18% ish hill at the end of a club run then lower gears really come in handy.
I know that compacts are the option preferred by most, but I can't afford the conversion costs of going from a double to a triple if I don't get on with it.
Just curious how Tiagra is more upgradeable than Sora?
southdownswolf wrote:If you are having trouble with you back/shoulders, it may be that the bike you are riding is not the correct frame size. If you are over reaching, then it will put more pressure onto your back/shoulders/arms.
I agree that bike fit is really important, especially if like me you are always between sizes! I'm not experiencing any discomfort even after 70-80 miles on my Roadrat, with a 130mm long stem and fairly low/stretched position.
My back/shoulders aren't that great from too much judo/wrestling when I was younger, so I need to be careful about not loading my hands up too much when on long rides.
You might be right about the spesh being more "relaxed" than some people would want, but I'm not ever going to be racing on it. What I'm interested in is somewhere between a tourer/racer which can be used for a bit of everything.