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  • luked2
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    What sort of gearing should I be looking at for the Forest of Dean if I go there with a single speed?

    Thanks!

    tollah
    Member

    32:16 should be fine

    Keef
    Member

    don’t be a fool,you’ll surely die.

    Rickos
    Member

    Just what’s normal for you. Nothing too steep up or down.

    jimster
    Member

    32:16 is fine.

    rossi46
    Member

    My friend rode a singlespeed there, i thought we’d have to call out the air ambulance- get some gears on there!

    tollah
    Member

    My friend rode a singlespeed there, i thought we’d have to call out the air ambulance- get some gears on there!

    Is your friend weak?

    I wore my lycra when I rode in the Forest of Dean.
    Same gear as I wear everywhere else.

    Premier Icon psling
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    I saw MTG in the FoD; for goodness sake don’t wear the same gear as him 😯

    I use 32:18 but then I’m over 50, over 16 stone, and over here.

    Premier Icon miketually
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    Same as you’d run wherever you normally ride.

    Run what you brung is the law.

    32:14 is decent for there.

    qwerty
    Member

    💡 i can confirm that a 57″ gear made my knees ache for a bit after i rode there

    NextDayTyres
    Member

    I use 34:17 seems to be ok and I ride there quite often.
    (It’s 2:1, should use 32:16 but it’s all I had in the shed !)

    luked2
    Member

    Ok, thanks!

    I’ll stick with my current 52″ of single geared goodness!

    yetirose
    Member

    nothing wrong with 32/18 hello pete

    flashes
    Member

    I did the SSEC last year in the FOD and used 31 X 16. Fine…

    mattsccm
    Member

    I reckon you are all too low. I use 42/18 on my SS Cx. And thats 700c wheels. I can’t pedal up the steeper down hills but I can do the FODCa trail ok. Surely with SS you are never going to have super low grannies so the odd push is inevitable. Equally I spin out on my gears.
    I must admit to hating twiddling and standing on climbs.
    I am a near 13 stone 5’6″ slob with 2 knackered knees and a dodgy back.
    Funnily enough my knees like the bigger gears. its spinning that screws them.
    Anyway run whats there. Bung another free wheel if if you must.

    rossi46
    Member

    My friend rode a singlespeed there, i thought we’d have to call out the air ambulance- get some gears on there!

    Is your friend weak?

    Yes he is- a bit tubby too.

    tollah
    Member

    Luke, the penny has just dropped and realised you’re on a 29er, you’ll be wanting 32:18 and not 32:16 then! Especially if you going to be following me;-)

    luked2
    Member

    Don’t worry – I’m on 33:18 which is about the same as 2:1 on a kid’s bike!

    luked2
    Member

    Sheldon – thanks again for taking us round the Forest of Dean. Had a great time.

    I daren’t put up a picture of any people for fear of falling foul of the A&A rules, and pictures of bikes have been done. So just a picture of some leaf litter. I think I’m safe with that:

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