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    calling all cyclocrossers

    hello all, just wondering how many of you guys/girls ride single speed or fixed gear when riding on cx courses. i have been thinking of doing this lately and have heard a little about it here and there, i just wanted to get some opinions. I enjoy a challenge and i think adding ss or fg to the element would take this to a whole new level.

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    I am surprised no one has spoken up on this...
    I think a lot of people do this. I have had the pants whupped off of me by an unassuming looking dude in cut offs with a hippie bead who was riding a 1970's POS road bike with knobbies as a single speed.
    Several cx models are are single speed as spec'd by the manufacturer. I know a lot of folks around here ride those.

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    I don't... yet. As soon as I can get a couple of bucks under my belt, though, I'm pulling the trigger on the Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno. My Poprad does too much road duty to convert to SS or FG.

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    Search the cyclocross forum on roadbikereview, http://forums.roadbikereview.com/forumdisplay.php?f=47. There's a lot of information on racing singlespeed.

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    i did a cross race last season on my track bike... i got killed on the corners with my slicks but I did well on the straights and barriers. flying dismounts on fixed gear is fun times.

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    I just put together a 80's Bridgestone 400 with center pulls as a SS CX to play around with for spring and summer. I doubt I'll race it but maybe.
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    I did a few races on my group buy rob roy this last season. Lots o fun and pain. There really wasn't anything I couldn't ride that the geared bikes could except for this big sand pit, which might have had more to do with me just sucking than anything else, but I think I'd run sand pits anyway just to keep the sand outta my drivetrain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TimJ View Post
    which might have had more to do with me just sucking than anything else.
    LOL,
    You and me both!

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    I don't think I would if I had the chance. The races near me have too many straight flat sections that quickly play into the hands of those with gears. A solid 3-speed would be pretty killer though.
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    I have a singlespeed/fixed CX bike built but didn't get a chance to make the jump into racing last season.

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    did only one race on a Single Speed... had it geared right for me, so that i didnt feel like i was losing to much by not shifting... having less to get messed up by all the mud was a decent advantage... and its a cheap way to have a lightweight bike. my single speed build is coming apart giving parts back to other things... but one day ill build another one.
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