- SS do I need to MTFU or get gears?
I’ve got a 120mm 26er HT singlespeed @ 36:19. I ride around Marsden into Wessenden and the North Peak. I plan on riding in the Dales soon though.
I am 19 and 6ft1 @ 11.5 stone so not a fat biffer.
I am no longer enjoying the hills, as I just get tired and the ride becomes a slog. Also on muddy terrain or technical climbs the rear wheel slips as I stamp on the pedals.
Do I just need a lower gear, or should I go 1×9 (I’ve got a 9 speed shifter and mech)Posted 5 years agowwaswasSubscriber
The thing I’m thinking about going to a lower gear is that I won’t be able to go fast on the flats/downs, the bike feels slow as it is.
you need gears.
I think with SS you have to accept a compromise between gettign up stuff and speed on the flat. Down stuff I always found that I was no slower than geared bikes on the whole. On along with no techy bits an SS will always feel slow.Posted 5 years ago
36:19 sounds quite brutal for the Peaks. I was happy twiddling along on 32:16 until I moved to Dartmoor and now use 32:18 which seems about right for most of the riding I do locally. I do now also have a geared bike which I used for longer and tougher rides but it probably still works out 60/40 in favour of the singlespeed.
For the sake of a cost of new rear sprocket you could try gearing down a bit – try a 19 or 20 on the back, and if it doesn’t work out then just go back to your gears.
Not worth beating yourself up about either way – the whole point of singlespeeding is that it should be fun, so if it’s no longer so then don’t do it.
If you go back to gears you can always build up a cheap singlespeed from the parts bin / classifieds should you want to give it a go again.Posted 5 years ago
I already a want a road bike of some sort…
A lack of funds was the original reason for singlespeeding but now I’ve got a lack of fun instead 😛
– I’ve moved and my riding has changed, for playing around in the woods on an evening the single speed was great, short climbs and steep descents.
However now those lllooonnnggg climbs that aren’t steep are just killing me, I run out of energy regardless of how much flapjack I eat.Posted 5 years ago
I love how some people have no concept of how gear ratios work. 36:19 isn’t really a tough gear is it? Bigger numbers not always harder! Ratio innit?
Well thanks for clearing that up 😀
1 or 2 teeth difference in either chainring or sprocket size can make a big difference to rideability on a singlespeed in my experience. 2:1 is just a starting point for general riding. The OP is already running a slightly higher ratio than that in quite a hilly area.Posted 5 years agoSinglespeed_ShepMember
stick a 20t on the back and man up, More people use an easier gear than you. 2-1 is a benchmark but seen and ridden with loads of people that run easier. They are fine on the flat as they have learn to carry their speed better.
But in all honesty your questioning your own ability, not good 🙁Posted 5 years agocaptainscrumpyMember
My advice is that you just get out and ride more.Posted 5 years ago
You could spend weeks changing your gear ratio getting it “just right”.
Or just go out and ride more and get used to the gear.
I’ve always found that tyre choice plays a bigger part on a singlespeed or going rigid really helped me on the climbs.
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