Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
Reload this Page >

So--how many of you race cross single-speed?

Notices
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational) This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like : "Unbound Gravel". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

So--how many of you race cross single-speed?

Old 04-29-09, 07:04 AM
  #1  
Rejuvenator
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 58
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
So--how many of you race cross single-speed?

Thinking about picking up a SS cross bike. Am I a little nuts?
Rejuvenator is offline  
Old 04-29-09, 09:32 AM
  #2  
Cynikal 
Team Beer
 
Cynikal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Sacramento CA
Posts: 6,300

Bikes: Too Many

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 106 Post(s)
Liked 141 Times in 92 Posts
I will race SS next season if there is enough time between SS class and Masters 35. SS CX is a bunch of fun. I use mine on local trails often.
__________________
I'm not one for fawning over bicycles, but I do believe that our bikes communicate with us, and what this bike is saying is, "You're an idiot." BikeSnobNYC
Cynikal is offline  
Old 04-29-09, 12:31 PM
  #3  
flargle
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 2,119
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Of all cycling disciplines you give up the least to gearies in cyclocross. It also saves you a lot of mechanical hassle. The sloppier it gets, the better it is to have a singlespeed.

I started racing cross on a singlespeed, but now run geared. But I race singlespeed mtb.

The key to being competitive is:
1) have a strong engine
2) choose the right gear (some guys choose their gear based on pre-riding the course)
3) be a good runner

If you haven't read Tarik's article, he's pretty much spot-on:
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/singlecross.html
flargle is offline  
Old 04-29-09, 12:40 PM
  #4  
TimJ
Senior Member
 
TimJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,959
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
I raced cx last season for the first time and it was SS.

It's great. If I race geared at all this season I'll definitely go with a snigle ring up front. There seems to be little advantage a wide gear range would give you for the races I did. There were a few spots where a higher gear would have been helpful and a few spots where a lower gear would be, but overall I wasn't missing out. It's kind of moot anyway since I was racing in the ss class.

There's nothing nuts about it at all, it makes a lot of sense and is fun.
__________________
fun facts: Psychopaths have trouble understanding abstract concepts.
"Incompetent individuals, compared with their more competent peers, will dramatically overestimate their ability and performance relative to objective criteria."
TimJ is offline  
Old 04-29-09, 01:08 PM
  #5  
axcxnj
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 96
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
38:16 here, i did my first season of cx this past year and got hooked, i went from DFL to mid pack by the end of the season and had an awesome time...next years goal is to get top 10
axcxnj is offline  
Old 04-29-09, 01:24 PM
  #6  
funurdiesel
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 108
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I do.
funurdiesel is offline  
Old 04-30-09, 01:54 AM
  #7  
ZeroG
Senior Member
 
ZeroG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 182
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Interesting thread. I have lurking for some time and am seriously thinking to dive in the SSCX. Are there any other links or sites you guys with a little more experience might be able to recommend? Or mind describing your SSCX rides or providing pics?

Many thanks in advance.
ZeroG is offline  
Old 04-30-09, 03:37 PM
  #8  
Andy_K 
Senior Member
 
Andy_K's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Posts: 14,170

Bikes: Yes

Mentioned: 487 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2855 Post(s)
Liked 2,653 Times in 1,071 Posts
https://pdxcross.com/2008/11/10/sscxw...oto-slideshow/

https://pdxcross.com/2008/11/11/sscxw...oto-slideshow/
Andy_K is offline  
Old 05-01-09, 05:27 PM
  #9  
Psydotek
Body By Nintendo
 
Psydotek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Videogames ruined my life. Good thing i have 2 extra lives.
Posts: 3,187

Bikes: Giant TCR2, Giant TCX, IRO BFSSFG SE, Salsa Casseroll, IRO Rob Roy.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'm planning on doing the CX season singlespeed. It'll also be my first season ev4r. I had the bike built for last season but i got sick at the beginning and scheduling conflicts got in the way for the end...

I think my bike has a 39-18 setup which i'll probably end up tweaking with a larger cog, probably a 20t.
__________________

Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
A girl once asked me to give her twelve inches and make it hurt. I had to make love to her 3 times and then punch her in the nose.
Psydotek is offline  
Old 05-03-09, 10:38 PM
  #10  
ShogunMSB
The West Coast
 
ShogunMSB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 61
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 1 Post
I'm in the same boat, looking to get a ss cross bike to try it out...it seems fun and simple...

So to clear things up, there's usually a ss class and geared class at most events? I'm new to the cross scene...
ShogunMSB is offline  
Old 05-04-09, 01:38 AM
  #11  
ZeroG
Senior Member
 
ZeroG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 182
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Nice link Andy_K. Thxs.
ZeroG is offline  
Old 05-04-09, 08:22 AM
  #12  
axcxnj
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 96
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by ShogunMSB View Post
I'm in the same boat, looking to get a ss cross bike to try it out...it seems fun and simple...

So to clear things up, there's usually a ss class and geared class at most events? I'm new to the cross scene...
for my races, there was no separate SS class, IMO SS is a bike choice, not a handicap or advantage, and shouldnt be treated as so
axcxnj is offline  
Old 05-04-09, 10:20 PM
  #13  
Andy_K 
Senior Member
 
Andy_K's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Posts: 14,170

Bikes: Yes

Mentioned: 487 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2855 Post(s)
Liked 2,653 Times in 1,071 Posts
Originally Posted by ShogunMSB View Post
So to clear things up, there's usually a ss class and geared class at most events? I'm new to the cross scene...
There is a separate singlespeed class around here, though they race with the B's. I was in a race with (and was lapped by) a singlespeed in a beginner's race last year.
Andy_K is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.