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The main reason to avoid a triple is ego. If you have any, you don't want one. If you are less egocentric, and ride in a place where low gears matter, then by all means consider it. The weight doesn't mean much (without the ego related stuff), and there are darned few people strong enough to ride up serious hills who don't also have egos to match that ...


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First, if you're a Clydesdale then you should probably have a triple. But overall, the advantages of a triple are: A triple can spin up an elevator shaft. Gear changes are more natural and accurate. Your legs will spin out before the top gear does. In practice, a triple has a better chainline. A triple is kinder to your knees. The advantages of a double ...


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I would not call it convention but rather a reasoned design choice: most people are right-handed and one shifts the rear gears more frequently, therefore right shifts rear. This is the same worldwide for all integrated shifters, which integrate the brake and shift mechanics. Brakes however are often reversed in countries, like the UK, where traffic runs on ...



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