I'm coming out of the lycra clad closet. Those of you that have already ridden with with me could probably already tell by looking, although you may not have noticed. I have been ridiculed for it. I have seen disapproving looks. I have seen shakes of the head. I have seen knowing and whistful smiles!

 

I must admit was surprised that it was looked down upon in some areas of the cycling siblinghood, but there again I have been on the fringes of this culture for some time. It was only when having to do training for some serious kms, that it became apparent that I was different. Like I would never really be totally accepted as an equal.

 

I could have allowed myself to feel inferior. I could have hung up the XXL's and the Challenge tops. I could have looked at the Adelaide Hills and say 'never again.' But I will not. I want to experience the joy of getting to the top, my way! With my generous physique, a bit of help is required. So this is why I am proud to say...

 

...I Ride a Triple Chain Ring!

:p

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Comment by rossmg on February 25, 2011 at 1:24

I've got a triple - on my MtBike!

But then my roadie has a small 34 at the front and a big 28 at the back - I luv being a woos (sp?) up a hill ;-)

My simple rule for cycling "select appropriate gear, keep cycling"  - and if it works for you that's just that!

Comment by Gus on February 25, 2011 at 9:00

I have a triple and I'm not afraid to use it!!

 

My old tourer (full story coming soon in a podcast/ blog post) has a triple and the small chainring is really,  really small (I must count the teeth) but in the small chain ring and biggest cog it's you fall over from lack of momentum on the flat! But it is a tourer so consider going up the Karakoram Highway in Northern Pakistan with panniers front and back! Not that I've done it but the bike has seen some long miles in its life.

Comment by Darren B on February 25, 2011 at 10:31

Don't tell anyone but I tuck my shirt into my undies.....Should I get a triple?

 

** That was a joke guys....all be it a bad one**

 

Unfortunately there seems to be some egos larger that the Grand Tour in cycling circles....Safe to say there don't appear to be any on here. I race triathlons with competitors from wod champs (Matty White) through to the mum with a mountain bkie with a squeeky chain....Ego's left in the car park!

Comment by Alexander Langman Hender on February 25, 2011 at 10:36

Weirder than a single speeder - but probably faster on the hills.

 

What kind of bike? I don't think I've ever seen a 3-speed STI Shifter. That's cool.

Comment by Andrew Watts on February 25, 2011 at 11:18

Thanks for the comments/advice/links and humour! Have had a bit of a chuckle at the responses to be sure. May have to keep blogging from time to time. I'm really interested in the way cyclists treat each other, it seems so full of contradictions.

 

@Darren, I reckon your secret's out!

 

Cheers

 

Wattsy

Comment by Peter Hill on February 25, 2011 at 12:14

Diversity of bikes and riding gear is encouraged around here.

Me: I go three-ring flatbar plus bike rack, big chrome bell, bike pump wrapped up in DJ's shopping bag and occy strapped to rack (how daggy is that!!).

AND....least of all, on nearly all rides below 120km, baggy thin adidas jogging shorts! no spandex arse padding (padding is already on the seat).

 

 

 

Comment by Andrew Watts on February 25, 2011 at 19:24
Will do Jim. Starting (again) tomorrow with the Tailwinds mob! I must admit though, seeing all the posts about fixies has me wondering how I'd go on one of them. Probably haven't ridden a single speed bike since I was 8!
Comment by Nigel G on February 25, 2011 at 20:49

Just checking over my shoulders..... looks like I may be the last to come out


"YES, I HAVE A TRIPLE TOO!!!!"

 

I'm with you Andrew, with my overly generous physique, I need the triple. Oh and also the fact the bike came with it (Giant Defy 2).

Comment by Andrew Watts on February 26, 2011 at 20:58
Sounds like a Franken-bike!!!!
Comment by Peter Hill on February 27, 2011 at 10:07

our little Adelaide Cyclist contingency at the 'Race Across America' screening yesterday all noticed the three rings on a number of the bikes.

Just as Tom Jones said, it's not unusual.

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