I ride long distances for fun and, when touring, with full (and, in the
case of Cycle Oregon, luxurious) support on my recumbent, a steel
Tour Easy from Easy Racers in CA. I cannot imagine running a double.
Many of the roadies on organized training rides and on tours mention
they'd sure like to have a triple. I ask why they did not rig it when they
spec'ed the bike. The replies:
1. Too heavy (??)
2. Too expensive (!!)
3. Sales staff said I would never need a triple. (¡!)
4. Looks goofy. (¿¡)
Against such prejudices, there is no way to discuss the desirability of
gearing on the touring road.
Retrofitting a triple can be expensive: $200-500 depending on the
bike and your choice of designer jewelry.
david boise ID
go, ristretto, FCP/AE
"Read the manual."