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    Anyone ride with one sprocket?

    I want to rid my bike of the high and low sprockets and just ride with the middle one thus being able to get rid of the front derailer. Has anyone done this, and have you found it any more difficult to ride the trails?

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    Senior Member MudPie's Avatar
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    You can ride with just the middle chainring (never shift) and see how you like it. If you can handle the trials with just the middle chainring, then remove the two outer chainrings. I am not sure if you'll be able to fasten just the middle chainring, since the chainring bolt is designed to hold both the largest and middle chainring to the crank arm. The chainring bolt may or may not work.

    The extreme would be to ride single speed- only one chainring and only one cog in the back. Those who ride single love it, but it's a whole different riding style.

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    rebmeM roineS JanMM's Avatar
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    You get buy some chainring fixing bolts to fit a single ring, similar to these:

    http://www.loosescrews.com/index.cgi...d=491977415191
    RANS V3 (steel), RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer

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    Quote Originally Posted by MudPie View Post
    The extreme would be to ride single speed- only one chainring and only one cog in the back. Those who ride single love it, but it's a whole different riding style.
    Whole different lifestyle. The singlespeed/fixie crowd around here all have tattoos and piercings and whatnot. Even though I have a singlespeed and a fixie, I'm not sure I'd be accepted by them. No ink.
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    Small Member maddmaxx's Avatar
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    I run a single ring (Truvativ 33 tooth firex with guard) along with an 11/32 cassette. For piece of mind about throwing the chain I also installed an inexpensive stinger chain guard. Runs without difficulty. If my riding was more on the technical side I might want some lower gears.

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    You can replace the outer chainring with a bash guard if this is a mountain bike or a salsa crossing guard if this is a road bike. This will stop the chain from jumping (not usually a problem unless you have rear suspension) and it means you can reuse your chainring bolts.
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