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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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    Barbieri Telefonico huhenio's Avatar
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by huhenio
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Irwin Goldstein
    Men should never ride bicycles. Riding should be banned and outlawed. It is
    the most irrational form of exercise I could ever bring to discussion.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by lbthomps
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob_Benner
    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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