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Old 12-27-12, 04:12 PM
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My Only road Bike is a Singlespeed :( Will i be ok in Dallas?

Moving from Flat Houston to Irving in a few months , My question is will i be ok with my ss road bike (48X18) and my ss 29er mtb (32x17) i have grown to like ss best for a great spin , will i be ok with all the hills on the road? and is ss mtb popular in Dallas area?
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Old 12-28-12, 04:53 AM
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I've commuted through south Irving quite a few times on my 48x16 SS with no problems. North Irving has a few hills, but nothing too bad.
SS MTB isn't uncommon here. Check out River Legacy Park in Arlington.
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you'll be fine... it's not _that_ hilly around here.

lots of ss mtb'ers. check out dorba.org
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There are plenty of places to ride here that are relatively flat. There are also some darned steep hills if you know where to look for them, but nothing really long like climbing in Colorado.

What you can do with 48x18 also depends on your fitness level. For many years I rode with 42 and 53 chainrings and a 13-19 straight block in the back. I did almost all of the big hills with that combination. These days I'm much older and don't ride as much so I need 13-21 or even 13-24, although on my normal routes I don't go above 42x19.

We have a good number of big bike shops in the metroplex that have regularly scheduled group rides of different speeds and distances. I find plenty of riding around Irving mostly by myself and I have routes up to about 40 miles staying in the city, and much longer if you break out of the city into the rural areas. 99% of the time I ride from my front door, I don't go somewhere in my car and then ride. (I live a few miles west of where that football stadium was blown up.)

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I think you'll just have to ride around and see. There certainly are plenty of single-speed/fixed gear riders in the area. I actually rode a single-speed bike a couple of years, but it was geared lower than a typical single-speed road bike, so there's not a useful comparison to be made.
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Dallas/Ft.Worth and the surrounding areas are all pretty flat. You won't have any issues with a single speed bike. There are a lot of single speed/fixie riders in the area. Welcome to the area!
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Originally Posted by sbake
Dallas/Ft.Worth and the surrounding areas are all pretty flat. You won't have any issues with a single speed bike. There are a lot of single speed/fixie riders in the area. Welcome to the area!
I ride in Ft Worth and surrounding areas S W NW and use every single one of my gears every ride. 53/39 w/ 12-27. It depends how well you climb and if you want to venture out in the surrounding areas for charity rides. As a horrible climber I won't be buying a SS anytime soon. No mountains but plenty of short grades that I struggle up in the 39/27 cadence 40. Besides, the 53/12 is fun to spin out on some of the long rolling hills.
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You'll be just fine in DFW. 48x18 will work just about anywhere. Check out the trails around Joe Pool Lake.
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