An Abrupt End to Thoughts of a Mid-Compact Chain Ring

by Chikashi

Since I went up Stelvio on 1 June, I had been riding only flat routes. At some point during the intervening 12 weeks I started wondering whether I ought to switch from a compact (34/50) chain ring set-up to a mid-compact (36/52). 34/50 is a bit pointless on flat terrains, and because I seem to have the memory of a goldfish, my mind started wandering towards a 36/52.

Until I came upon a 22% gradient on Saturday in the Ardennes. Thanks, but I’ll just stick to my 34/50. What was I thinking?