brooklyn bike rider
Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes: bmw park bike, tonic fab supernaut, chromag stylus, traitor ruben
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singlespeed vs geared for bay area riding?
so i just moved to the bay area and figured a cross bike would be a perfect choice
for commuting in the hills, riding in the parks, and singletrack jaunts.
i'm coming from a bmx and ss (street) mtb background.
i'm at home on one gear, and i'm coming from new york city,
where i was quick and anywhere with 30:13 on a 24" fat tire on a 31lb bike.
in any case, fast wheels on a light bike are definitely inviting.
i don't want to spend more than $1000.
so for the price, i'm looking at the fuji cross comp,
which i testrode and thought it was pretty comfy, fast, well-specced.
aero and cross levers (powerful!), sti shifting on 105 was buttery.
but i'm also looking at the specialized tricross single.
a ss cx bike with a carbon fork, rack/fender mounts, and matte paint? very nice.
i'm basically digging the tricross a LOT, gonna testride it tomoro hopefully.
will i be kicking myself (and walking up the hills) if i don't get gears?
it seems like there are plenty of ss riders out here so maybe it's a non-issue?
thanks for any and all help.