I have been riding for exactly 50 years this month. I commute over 3,000 miles a year on a fixed gear track bike (48:18) here in hilly Vermont. I'm in good shape and a strong climber on asphalt and dirt, but I've only been riding mountain bikes for 9 months and I am entered in the Vermont 50 on September 30. I'll be riding my Redline Single Speed (32:18), and I'd like to get your advise on climbing rocky, rooty trails.
Overall, I'm very happy with the singlespeed. But I have a hard time maintaining momentum on a bumpy uphill. I realize that not being able to downshift is probably the issue, but I have no interest in multiple gears and just want to know how other single speeders deal with this handicap. I don't mind running up the hill, but I know I can improve my technique and stay in the saddle a little longer before I do.