This is my first post, apologies for making it one in which I need advice. I put together a "dream" 'cross bike with what was left of my funds from working before starting grad school. It's a Surly Cross Check set up as a single speed 44x17. Here are the stats for those who care:
Frame: Cross-check... gray, 61cm
Headset: Chris King, blue
Fork: cross check
Front/Rear Derailleurs: None
Brake Levers: Cane Creek scr-5
Brakes: TRP Carbon
Crankset: Sram Rival 175
Front Cog: 44T Salsa
Rear Cog: 17T
Seatpost: Deda Elementi Zero 100
Saddle: Fizik Arione blue
Handlebar: Salsa Bell Lap
Tape: Brooks Dark Brown
Stem: 110mm Deda Zero 100
Rims: Salsa Delgado Cross
Hubs: Chris King Cross Blue
Tires: commuting = Conti ultra gatorskins 25mm... Off-road/cross = 35mm hutchinson bulldog cx
Pedals: Time ATAC
Hopefully the pictures get up alright...
In any case... my question is such: What should I procure for the big cog in order to ensure I don't have chain slippage. I know people put on a bashgaurd, where bbg bashgaurds seem popular here. Is there anything else I should get if I put on a sram rival 10spd in the back?
Also, I should say the reason for doing this is that the Ithaca, NY hills are kinda kicking my ass... good training though... plus 1x10 might help if I get my act together and race cross this year (for the first time)
And for logistics... Although I have not made measurements it seems that the perfectly straight chain line from the big ring lies more or less in the middle of the cassette as it is currently set up.
Thanks in advance,