I have signed up to Le Etape de Tour in July 2020.
I have only been cycling a couple of years and am not knowledgable at all when it comes to components or technical aspects of bikes (so please don’t give technical answers I won’t understand),
However, my goal for Le Etape is just to finish it!
My present bike is the one below:
(In case anyone is wondering why someone who has such an expensive bike doesn’t know anything about bikes, this cost under 50% of the RRP as it was a crash replacement coupled with the insurance from writing off my old cheaper bike after colliding with a car).
The stats are it has a 52/36 chain ring with an 11/30 cassette on the back.
My questions is, in the event, I fully expect to need as many low gears as I can get so what would you far more knowledgable riders suggest I change to in order to give me the best chance of getting up very long climbs without ending up pushing my bike?
Thanks for your time