I read frequent comments on threads here proclaiming that people are "undergeared" or "spinning out" and generally complaining about the gearing.
For example just now someone with a top gear of 48x11 said they were generally undergeared.
A quick calculation shows 48x11 to be a gear of around 120" in the traditional British system.
Now when I watched the likes of Hinault, Lemond, Roche, Indurain et.al. there was no such thing as an 11 tooth sprocket. And when Cippolini was winning the sprints the smallest cog was a 12. Admitedly they may have had slightly larger chainrings with the norm being either a 53 or a 52; but those riders had top gears of no higher than 119" on their road bikes.
I find it odd that in the current era when people are pedalling uphill at pretty good high cadences we still here so many stories of not being able to pedal fast enough.
If you are "undergeared" or "spinning out" on a gear of more that 120" then either you routinely ride on the flat at over 40mph, downhill at over 50mph or you really need to learn to pedal properly.
Is it only me, or do I have a point?