Hello, I am looking for some help on where to start.
I have a Cervelo S3 that’s a few years old, Ultegra drivetrain.
I have a 52/36 up front and an 11-28 rear cassette. I did my biggest ride yet yesterday (122Km, 2,588m elevation gain, about 5 hours 20 min).
I was climbing with a cadence in the low 70’s mostly in my easiest gear. I dipped in the high 60’s in the toughest sections but that didn’t last long.
I think this cadence is lower than ideal?
I am thinking my sustained cadence while climbing should at least be in the mid to upper 70’s?
I am wondering what my options are and what option is “best”.
If I want a 30 or 32 in the back do I get an entire new cassette or do I just get the 30/32 cog?
I think I may have troubles going bigger than 28 without some modifications?
I could go smaller in the front but would I replace both chain rings or just get a smaller, small chain ring?
In general the riding I do is mixed.
I rarely run out of hard gears and only go into the hardest on descents.
I would probably get more use out of a gear or 2 that are easier than what I would lose if I lost a gear or 2 at the top end (if I described that correctly).
Edit: I do hope and plan for my fitness to improve as well. I am at 3w/Kg currently, maybe slightly higher at my ramp test next week. I would love to get to 4w/Kg but that may be a stretch goal at 46 and mid volume time commitment, consistently, year round, is tough, but I am trying.
I just got a brand new chain and full prepared it for waxing. Am I likely to need a brand new chain if I go down this route?
Can I put back in links that I broke off when it was a brand new chain?
Thanks for any suggestions and information you can share.