"I suppose 9spd is a bit less durable, yes. But where on earth are you going to find that stuff in good shape at this point? Mainly shifters I suppose. I have a hard time finding first gen Shimano 10spd these days.
Second generation Shimano 10spd…"
Funny... I had a 42, single ring, in 2007. Always felt I wasn't able to keep up on the road sections, and wished I had the bigger ring. Went to Nats and got outsprinted (for 27th...) Went to the 46/38 for 2008 and had one of my best seasons ever. I've been thinking of going to a 44/36, though. Been struggling a tad this year with the climbs. Got married, took time off, had family in town... and it's all crashing down now!
See you on the start line somewhere along the way!