Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 16 of 16

Thread: SS or geared?

  1. #1
    work or ride? hmm cr45h's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    wisconsin
    My Bikes
    bianchi lewis, specialized p2, marin singlespeed, jamis dakar, bianchi axis, haro blammo bmx, schwinn unicycle, fetish discipline, stripped trek road frame ss w/no brakes
    Posts
    89
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    SS or geared?

    Hey all. I've been around the scene for a while. Not this whole forum but this is the best one I've found with down to earth people. Anyway regardless.

    I have a singlespeed built up that is fine and all great, I just need to throw a front brake on it to be "legal" for the race. (wors.org) Anyway that isn't the problem. I'm just debating on taking the singlespeed out for a fun race, or take the trusty geared bike out that weighs about 25-26 lbs. Its nothing special but it works fine. This is a relatively flat course so I'm thinking if i did the SS i need to change my cog, no big deal. But I haven't ever done a SS race.

    So any opinions about ss vs geared on a race for the first time. i only race for fun and expect to just finish but as fast as possible. anyone have opinions? i am 50/50 on what bike to take

  2. #2
    ÖöÖöÖöÖöÖö Dannihilator's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Annandale, NJ.
    My Bikes
    2014 Surly Steamroller 2010 DMR Transition 26
    Posts
    18,341
    Mentioned
    14 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Take the SS.
    Quote Originally Posted by scrodzilla
    I'm going out on the town tonight and it won't be over until I snort a line of habanero seeds off the hood of a red Fiero.
    Words and Stuff.
    pedal room thingy

  3. #3
    Hazardous Taerom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Quarantine
    My Bikes
    2005 Trek Liquid 55, 2009 Haro Mary SS
    Posts
    727
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Where are you from in Wisconsin? My hometown is Three Lakes, close to Rhinelander or Eagle River if you know where those places are.

    Sorry, no advice on the bikes

  4. #4
    Old School Rad mtnbiker66's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    The old Mountains
    My Bikes
    Blur LT
    Posts
    8,198
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Take the bbike with gears.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

  5. #5
    Throw the stick!!!! LowCel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Charleston, WV
    My Bikes
    GMC Denali
    Posts
    17,588
    Mentioned
    11 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    For a first race I would definitely go with the geared bike. I don't know about the races where you are but around here the single speed class does the same (long) course as the experts.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

  6. #6
    work or ride? hmm cr45h's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    wisconsin
    My Bikes
    bianchi lewis, specialized p2, marin singlespeed, jamis dakar, bianchi axis, haro blammo bmx, schwinn unicycle, fetish discipline, stripped trek road frame ss w/no brakes
    Posts
    89
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Taerom
    Where are you from in Wisconsin? My hometown is Three Lakes, close to Rhinelander or Eagle River if you know where those places are.

    Sorry, no advice on the bikes
    im in eau claire, just doin the rapids wors race. just can't decide on what bike to take!!!

  7. #7
    work or ride? hmm cr45h's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    wisconsin
    My Bikes
    bianchi lewis, specialized p2, marin singlespeed, jamis dakar, bianchi axis, haro blammo bmx, schwinn unicycle, fetish discipline, stripped trek road frame ss w/no brakes
    Posts
    89
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel
    For a first race I would definitely go with the geared bike. I don't know about the races where you are but around here the single speed class does the same (long) course as the experts.
    this isn't my first race, i guess i didn't make it clear. this would be my first ss race. i've raced a bunch on geared bikes before

  8. #8
    work or ride? hmm cr45h's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    wisconsin
    My Bikes
    bianchi lewis, specialized p2, marin singlespeed, jamis dakar, bianchi axis, haro blammo bmx, schwinn unicycle, fetish discipline, stripped trek road frame ss w/no brakes
    Posts
    89
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    im leaning ss style, thats what i roll around town now, but i don't know. i guess this is a pretty chill course and i want to take advantage of all the fast parts as possible and not get screwed topping out on the ss, i dunno!

  9. #9
    work or ride? hmm cr45h's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    wisconsin
    My Bikes
    bianchi lewis, specialized p2, marin singlespeed, jamis dakar, bianchi axis, haro blammo bmx, schwinn unicycle, fetish discipline, stripped trek road frame ss w/no brakes
    Posts
    89
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    by the way its gonna be a mud-fest, its supposed to rain all weekend and it has been for the past 2 days, that should make it interesting, maybe ss is the way to go?

  10. #10
    Hazardous Taerom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Quarantine
    My Bikes
    2005 Trek Liquid 55, 2009 Haro Mary SS
    Posts
    727
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Sounds like you really want to go SS, so that's what I'd take. You'll have fun either way!

  11. #11
    work or ride? hmm cr45h's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    wisconsin
    My Bikes
    bianchi lewis, specialized p2, marin singlespeed, jamis dakar, bianchi axis, haro blammo bmx, schwinn unicycle, fetish discipline, stripped trek road frame ss w/no brakes
    Posts
    89
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Taerom
    Sounds like you really want to go SS, so that's what I'd take. You'll have fun either way!
    i guess but i don't know. im a geared rider on XC courses. i dunno. i will have to set the SS up for riding XC. its pretty much good to go besides a front brake. i dunno. i think this will just be a trial and error race. i don't know about the SS. i like to go fast, but damn the SS is so tempting i dunno. I could prolly go faster on the geared bike but overall I dunno, the SS might be the ticket. Has anyone been in this situation before?

  12. #12
    ÖöÖöÖöÖöÖö Dannihilator's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Annandale, NJ.
    My Bikes
    2014 Surly Steamroller 2010 DMR Transition 26
    Posts
    18,341
    Mentioned
    14 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    IF it's a mudfest, then definately the SS, nothing really get gunked up.
    Quote Originally Posted by scrodzilla
    I'm going out on the town tonight and it won't be over until I snort a line of habanero seeds off the hood of a red Fiero.
    Words and Stuff.
    pedal room thingy

  13. #13
    work or ride? hmm cr45h's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    wisconsin
    My Bikes
    bianchi lewis, specialized p2, marin singlespeed, jamis dakar, bianchi axis, haro blammo bmx, schwinn unicycle, fetish discipline, stripped trek road frame ss w/no brakes
    Posts
    89
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by KonaRider24
    IF it's a mudfest, then definately the SS, nothing really get gunked up.
    oh yes, the ss i think its gonna be, im not 100% yet, but damn im undecided

  14. #14
    work or ride? hmm cr45h's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    wisconsin
    My Bikes
    bianchi lewis, specialized p2, marin singlespeed, jamis dakar, bianchi axis, haro blammo bmx, schwinn unicycle, fetish discipline, stripped trek road frame ss w/no brakes
    Posts
    89
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    mudfest it will be, singlespeed it will be. too bad it won't be dry. look up the weather for wisconsin rapids, wi for the weekend. not a fun one to camp at. dammit!

  15. #15
    work or ride? hmm cr45h's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    wisconsin
    My Bikes
    bianchi lewis, specialized p2, marin singlespeed, jamis dakar, bianchi axis, haro blammo bmx, schwinn unicycle, fetish discipline, stripped trek road frame ss w/no brakes
    Posts
    89
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    im gonna setup the ss with an extra break. im also gonna ride in a class that i haven't before, awesome!

  16. #16
    Senior Member Thor29's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    757
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I don't know what mountain bike races are like in Wisconsin, but I did the same race here in California two years in a row and the 2nd year was on a single speed. And I was faster on the SS! The reason is that I tend to spin really low gears up hill and the SS forces me to grind a bigger ratio. The only time the SS slowed me down was one downhill section where the grade wasn't quite steep enough to let gravity take over.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •