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Old 09-13-07, 08:22 AM   #1
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Charm City single speed gearing?

Charm City is going to be my first race and I will be doing it on a single speed. What gearing should I run? All I have right now is a 42x17 and I think thats probably too tall.
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pm vpower, he did the race last year.

from this video the course looks pretty flat. i see a deep mud section, a sand pit on a tight corner, and no run ups. doesn't mean there arent any, there's probably a bunch of the course that video didnt show.

42/17 does seem a little high. vpower will tell you that everyone who beat him last year was running a smaller gear than he was.

edit: i'd like to do the course beforehand, but scheduling will be tight. maybe next saturday morning.
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heh i watched that video last night too. I wish I could pre ride the course too but i work on saturdays
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I felt good on that one last year. I went 39:17. The sand pit is not worth trying to ride. There are a couple tight turns, There is only one steep hill and a few gradual ones.

I don't know if they are keeping the same course as last year though. It's a very painless race.

I'll be on a 2:1 this year, but I am thinking about 36:17 or 34:16. But really it doesn't matter because in the past 2 weeks all I have done is eat garbage in large quantities.
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so am i going to suffer if i try to do this on a 42x18?
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so am i going to suffer if i try to do this on a 42x18?
You are going to suffer regardless. You can't ride what you don't have.
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i guess what im wondering are course like charm city technical enough to really warrant 2:1? I am a lot more a masher than spinner so the thought of 2:1 on flats makes me cry.
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yeah, choice of gearing is pretty personal. if it's your first race it's mostly an exploratory thing anyway no? i certainly know i'm still going to be working out the kinks.

if the gearing sucks and you finish crappy, then change it and hopefully do better next time right?
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yeah i guess that makes most sense. ugh i just wish next sunday would get here
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