Hi SS people. Tourist from the racing forum, here.
I'm building up a new winter SS with two different chainring/cog combinations, for two specific purposes.
One purpose is hard training rides with my team. My current 42/16 (70 gear inches) is right for this. We hit some >5% hills, but nothing more than about 7-8 minutes long. The hills hurt, but they are supposed to.
I also want to be able to do long rides through the mountains where I live. These are 20-30 minute climbs of 7-10% on crappy, slushy, sandy, salty roads. This means going as small as possible without making it too frustrating when not climbing -- after all, only half the miles are uphill. I'm thinking of trying 39/19 (55 gear inches) initially.
I'd be interested to hear of other riders' experiences with mountainous terrain on a singlespeed, especially in the winter.