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I have just got back into my road biking after an extended break and I have also moved up to the Yorkshire Dales from a far flatter area. My current 15 year old Bianci has a compact on the front and only a 26/14 (?) on the back, and quite frankly when the hills arrive, which is most of the time, I'm up out of my saddle. To give you an idea, a typical ride from home of 45 miles will consist of between 4000 to 5500 feet of climbing. I live in Swaledale between Buttertubs and Grinton Moor!  1

 

Not being into the technical language, what type of bike/ gearing should I be looking for with a price tag of up to £1000. My current bike is a 54cm frame, though it is probably a little too big for me but I am used to it and like the position. I'm 5'8" and 31" inside leg.

Many thanks

Adam

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CXR94Di2 [2626 posts] 1 month ago
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There is another thread just started C2W.  The boardman ADV 8.9 would suit you.  48/32 crankset and 11-32 cass.  Hydraulic brakes.

You could for little money improve the gearing to 30T inner chainring 

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=208165;menu=1000,4,122;mi...

 

A 11-34 10 speed cass

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=125069;menu=1000,4,27;mid...

 

For less than £ 40 significantly improve the low end gearing for steep hills on a decent bike

https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/adventure-bikes/boardman-adv-8-9-...$ja=tsid:94971|cid:868641099|agid:61361506242|tid:pla-528817615811|crid:296911893325|nw:g|rnd:3766455419086987620|dvc:c|adp:1o1|mt:|loc:9046219&gclid=Cj0KCQjwitPnBRCQARIsAA5n84lL3xdCLNN5dDR6h5vCD4L38d2KsNFtSa-iExLElWtyuFvUgKBVLY8aAumTEALw_wcB

 

 

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Woldsman [322 posts] 1 month ago
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Have you popped in to the cycling-themed cafe and bike shop in Hawes for advice? 

https://www.stage1cycles.co.uk/

My bike built for on-road cycling in the Dales is an alu frame with a Shimano 105 5703 triple road chainset, XT 11-34 10-speed cassette and XT M772 9-speed rear derailleur. 

If you are ok with your current frame you could just invest in a the XT stuff I have - there is also an 11-36 cassette - and new chain. A little over £100 should see you right for your requirements. 

 

 

 

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Kendalred [347 posts] 1 month ago
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A 32 sproket on the back will help no end - no need to get a new bike if easier climbing is all you're after. You'll probably need a new, medium cage, rear derailleur to accommodate it though. You could also go for smaller gears on the front as well - 46/32 or something like that.

If you get on with the 54 frame, why do you think it's too big? If you're too stretched out, then stick a shorter stem on the front. I am about the same height as you, and would generally go for a 52, but have had a 54 in a Specialized and there wasn't much difference. I do have a shorter inside leg than you though.

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CXR94Di2 [2626 posts] 1 month ago
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I may be wrong but I reckon the OP is looking for a new bike part of his altered gearing setup

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AdamNT [1 post] 1 month ago
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Hi All

The bike is only a 7 speed sprocket and being 15 years old, I can't just buy a new sprocket so I have to go for a new bike.

Thanks for the advice so far. Plenty to think about.

Adam