I bought a Forme Rapide as a winter training bike with a compact chainset. Overall I am well pleased with the bike, but I'm have a lot of problems getting used to the chainset.
On my summer bike, I have a triple 105 setup (30, 39, 50), although I hardly ever used the 'granny' ring. I normally got along fine with using the 39 on the lumpy stuff and the 50 for flats and descents. There lies my problem however. On my compact setup, I find that my cadence rate has had to increase substantially when using the 34 to keep up with the group. On cycle runs up to 70 miles, that feels just too hard to sustain. Using the 50 just isn't feasible all day either.
Should I trade up to double chainset, or will I eventually get used to the compact chainset, if I put in enough miles? Cadence and fatigue issues aside, it's just plain embarrassing getting dropped, when I was able to stay at the front most of the time on my triple set-up!
I appreciate any and all advice from anybody who has dealt with the same issues previously.