SS do I need to MTFU or get gears?
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 4 years agocaptainscrumpyMember
My advice is that you just get out and ride more.Posted 4 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.
Singlespeed_Shep – could you give me some examples where you’ve ridden before?
I live in North Yorkshire, so a regular on the Moors or into the Dales, but my bike has taken me all over the UK singlespeeding from South Downs to Fort William.
I ride a 29er with 35-19 (Tazzy Wonky ring which is excellent)
I have ride with a guy who often comes out with a 32-18 on the Moors, Last one down the hills and on the flat but first up.Posted 4 years ago
@muckytee if you’re suffering from arm pump you could try a wobbly ring, I found a difference. But SS is not easy to start with, you’ve got to want to do it. If it’s not in you, it’s not in you.
Also on muddy terrain or technical climbs the rear wheel slips as I stamp on the pedals.
Don’t stamp on the pedals, try and keep it even.
And knowing when to walk is part of SSing. If you’re getting in a stress on the climbs, you’re doing it wrong.Posted 4 years ago
wl – Member
What did you expect from a SS? You know the answer to this. Get gears and start enjoying yourself.
spending hours cleaning fixing and working to pay for danglers an cables and knobs an that……. 😉
TBH it’s not for everyone,not everyone is up to SS’ing,some people are just soft and lazy……… 😆Posted 4 years ago
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…
35-18 on racey SS
34-19 on big steel jones with a fat front, smashes up climbs in the peak, long mynd (the climb up carding mill valley is fun)natural welsh rock stuff and trail centres
33-17 on general Ti play bike as above no problems with evil steep grunters or long drags
33-19 for snow fun.
as fuzzy mylne once said SS riding is all about the gun show, big upper body strength will help maul up climbs where skinny wee riders stall and die. 😀
tattoos and a cheeky nip of absinthe also helps *hic*
yep wonky rings kick ass for SS 😀Posted 4 years ago
How would you feel if your daughter brought home a new boyfriend and he was a gearie?
I could just about tolerate it unless…
he was a short fat one with an orange 5….she’d be in the workhouse with the other fallen women in no time at all and I’d have my man horse whip the gearie and then set the dogs on him.
My tolerant, Christian attitude can only be pushed so far.Posted 4 years ago
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