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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 11-15-05, 03:33 AM   #1
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Single and Loving it!!

Got off work tonight, road home and relaxed for awhile. Decided to take a ride and wound up riding for almost 2 1/2 hours on my new single speed MTB. I didn't know that one gear could be so fun, after getting my chain problem fixed. My legs are burning, my lungs are screaming for air, man I feel good. My new saying "get one and be done". Oh, this is my first bike I have had since around 1997. One question, are there hills that I might just never be able to climb, or are they all doable ? Thanks for this S/S forum, you guys gave me the inspiration to try something different, I will never go back.

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Old 11-15-05, 09:01 AM   #2
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Pedals will be replaced for clipless ...

Seat will be replaced for a skinnier one ...

Cranks will get longer ...

Air pressure (tires, eh) will become a little more critical ...

Gearing will be on the low 70's ...

Handlebars will be replaced for bullhorns ...

Freewheel will be replaced for fixed gear.

Gradual man/machine improvement

And you will be climbing hills you never dreamed off.
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Old 11-15-05, 12:12 PM   #3
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Cranks will get longer ...
I'd hope not. SS mtb's tend to have super-long cranks to get the extra leverage. If you're going fixed, you want 'em short for less pedal strike.
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Old 11-15-05, 01:20 PM   #4
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I dig the bike by the way....what gearing are you running?
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Just keep riding it and eventually you'll be mashing up hills that even took time on a geared bike. I can't believe some of the hills I've mashed up on my fixie only because I was determined to make it to the top.
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im single now too, but only cause my girlfriend dumped me last night over the phone becasue she has to "find out who she really is!"
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Old 11-15-05, 07:37 PM   #7
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I dig the bike by the way....what gearing are you running?
Right now I am running 32/14. I was at 32/18, spun way to much. Swithced to 32/16 which was better, but I now happy with the 32/14. I am still going to experiment to see what works best. I am going to get a different saddle for it soon, something a little slimmer, different pedals maybe some clippless or some really grippy platforms with studs.
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Got off work tonight, road home and relaxed for awhile. Decided to take a ride and wound up riding for almost 2 1/2 hours on my new single speed MTB. I didn't know that one gear could be so fun, after getting my chain problem fixed. My legs are burning, my lungs are screaming for air, man I feel good. My new saying "get one and be done". Oh, this is my first bike I have had since around 1997. One question, are there hills that I might just never be able to climb, or are they all doable ? Thanks for this S/S forum, you guys gave me the inspiration to try something different, I will never go back.

It's so refreshing and inspiring to read a post like this.
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