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  • muckytee
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    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)

    Ringo
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    I don’t know what the tidings like there but why don’t you try 33:19 I ride SS and would not want to ride 36:19 where I am

    taxi25
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    If it’s stopped being fun get some gears. You can always change back if you want to.

    Premier Icon tmb467
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    surely thats why gears were invented…

    you use a computer / laptop / phone regularly (along with many other modern inventions) but insist on having a single speed on your bike?

    easy answer really!

    Premier Icon woody2000
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    I think 36:19 is a bit of a monster gear round there, try a larger rear sprocket?

    muckytee
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    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? 😕

    mangatank
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    Middleburn Duos will ensure you still look like a cutting edge outsider jay boy, while offering you less extensive cartilage and ligament damage.

    😉

    Premier Icon woody2000
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    I think you need to get some gears then matey, it’s always a compromise with SS! 🙂

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    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.

    Keef
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    ‘the force is weak in this one’……. 😉

    muckytee
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    I blame my lack of beard 🙁

    curlie467
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    I think you need to be getting those gears back on, sounds like you aren`t enjoying it.

    mangatank
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    Seriously, you will find some sort of gearing improves life massively. And I wasn’t joking about the soft tissue damage!

    tazzymtb
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    On along with no techy bits an SS will always feel slow.

    nah , learn to spin properly and you can still keep up with the geared boys unless they are strong and can turn the big ring quickly. 😀

    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.

    Premier Icon andrewy
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    I blame my lack of beard

    There you go. When you’re old enough to grow a beard, the time will be right for ss 😉

    mamadirt
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    2:1 – it’s the law! If it feels too high for the climbs, then get off and push. If it feels too low for the descents then brake less. I’m back on a singlespeed and loving it 😛

    Oh, and no beard here 😆

    Premier Icon mattjg
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    brake less

    spot on, is works for me and is much more fun to flow rather than pedal-brake-pedal-brake

    Keef
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    Brakes ! pah !! true SS’ers don’t have brakes 😉

    Ringo
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    Nah they have beer stops,

    thepodge
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    I run silly low gears (25:15) & accept I’m going no where fast

    unovolo
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    It could always be N+1 time,you know its a ideal excuse to add to the stable.

    muckytee
    Member

    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.

    mangatank
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    Well there you go then. You’ve resolved your own conundrum. I proscribe a Merlin Cycles XT groupset and an immediate trip to Honister pass to experience the joy of gears…or not.

    Premier Icon takisawa2
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    The

    gears…gears

    sheep are round quickly on the injured wolf, circling slowly awaiting the demise of the blooded canine. But suddenly, into the meadow leaps Tazzy, his bloody thirsty howl drawing Keef unto the fight. Battle lines are drawn. It begins…

    Premier Icon mattjg
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    The young one is not ready, oh brothers of the chainline. Release him back to the wild. In time, he shall return.

    Keef
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    takisawa2,
    last time I saw Taz in a meadow,all the sheep were leaving out the other end,very quickly………..

    Ringo
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    muttering something about the scary mans back again

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    It strikes me that the solution to not having enough gears is probably to have more gears. Though I wouldn’t know, having never been daft enough to not have enough gears.

    pop larkin
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    Gears are for………..indecisive people

    sbob
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    Northwind – Member

    It strikes me that the solution to not having enough gears is probably to have more gears. Though I wouldn’t know, having never been daft enough to not have enough gears.

    I’d vote for this gentleman.

    Premier Icon mattjg
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    Gears are for………..indecisive people

    The problem with singlespeeds as they are never in the right gear.

    But then, neither are geared bikes.

    I ride 32:16 down here in the flatlands of Surrey. Never had a problem with the bike not being fast enough on the descents. 😕

    tazzymtb
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    last time I saw Taz in a meadow,all the sheep were leaving out the other end,very quickly……..

    short crank, high cadence, I’d finished with that lot already 😀

    tazzymtb
    Member

    The problem with singlespeeds as they are never in the right gear.

    just one really nice speed

    Premier Icon Cheezpleez
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    If there is only one gear, it is always the right gear.

    Have you tried eating rough-cut marmalade?

    Keef
    Member

    short crank, high cadence

    yeah,so I hear….. 😉

    vdubber67
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    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? 😉

    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.

    muckytee
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    The OP is already running a slightly higher ratio than that in quite a hilly area.

    higher than a 2:1?

    a 2:1 ratio would be 32:16 = 36:18 = 40:20

    So running a 19t sprocket is easier (as in a lower gear and better for hills) than a 2:1… correct me if I am wrong

    Premier Icon psling
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    You are indeed correct muckytee. I think a few of the earlier posters have missed the reference to 26″ in the op, 36-19 is hardly a monster gear.

    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 🙁

    Corrected. I did indeed misread the original post – I had it in my head he was running a 39T ring for some reason.

    He should therefore MTFU or get some gears

    Yours dyscalculically (?)…

    muckytee
    Member

    Singlespeed_Shep – could you give me some examples where you’ve ridden before?

    Single speeders I need some examples of what’s possible, because currently I’m looking up at hills and thinking eurgh not again. But then I dislike sitting and spinning even more…

    My advice is that you just get out and ride more.
    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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