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    Singlespeed

    Does anyone ride a singlespeed when bikepacking? My bike this year is in singlespeed mode, and I was trying to get an idea on how bad it's going to hurt.

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    I do. Sometimes I try to gear down one or two teeth in the back when riding loaded, sometimes I don't.

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    I did a short 80 mile loop on my SS last summer and it was fine, had to push a little more.

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    I do also. Like what was already said you might want to consider adding a couple teeth depending on the route. But since my bikepacking routes are usually less climbing and less tech than a typical day ride it usually works out to keep the same. If it's too easy that's annoying though to be spinning too much.

    If anything, it's a good reason to really work on dropping gear weight for your trips.

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    I have my bike setup SS also. What do y'all do for trips that include long sections of flats? Gear for the flats or the hills?
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    I basically ride a 33x19 unloaded, then run a 32x20 when I bikepack (very similar trails). If I'm doing a trail like the Arizona Trail where grades can reach 20%, I'll go to a 32x21 and considering a 22t for my next AZT300 ride.
    Yeah, you do some walking, but on those long rides, it's a welcome change and let's you use different muscles.
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    If this guy can do it, so can you!

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    GT Peace 9r

    I have just done 900 odd km in 8 days, slideshow posted in film thread here
    Is it going to hurt, make that a YES!

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    I have a geared bike and SS, if its a short ride or I know its not going to be a difficult ride, I may choose to use the SS.

    I've not regretted it yet, atleast

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    I've done one overnight on my SS. Gear for the climbs

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    It's not that different. If you ride a SS everyday and pack light then it's fine bikepacking. I rather enjoy it more than gears actually.
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    Singlespeed

    Yup... I did the Tour Divide Race on a singlespeed. My opinion, it's basically the same as normal singlepseeding with more weight. Therefore, you need to consider the extra work or changing your gearing. Have fun!

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    Wanted to revive this thread and hear from some others. I have my commuting/touring rig currently setup fixed gear 36x16 and it seems to be fine loaded for me but have an opportunity to get my hands on a Sturmey S3X.

    Thoughts on fixed gear sturmey and what are others riding fixed gear? I think my limit is going to be 100 miles on this setup.

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    Mr Pink, Love to see photos of your rig

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    Quote Originally Posted by demondan View Post
    Mr Pink, Love to see photos of your rig
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    Ask and you shall receive.

    As it stands now I want a IGH for the rear and maybe a dymo hub up front but we will see. I am kind of trying to go for the Jones Diamond Frame ATB with 135mm front rear and being able to swap front/rear if I am in a pinch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pink57 View Post

    As it stands now I want a IGH for the rear and maybe a dymo hub up front but we will see. I am kind of trying to go for the Jones Diamond Frame ATB with 135mm front rear and being able to swap front/rear if I am in a pinch.
    FYI - The front wheel on a Jones has 135mm FRONT disc spacing. I think it differs from a standard 135mm rear by 5mm, so it's not a dollar for dollar swap between front and rear wheels. There are only a few front hubs with that spacing (Jones, Paul WHUB, Origin 8). In other words, I don't think you can just throw a 135mm Surly SS hub in the Jones fork like you can do with an Enabler fork.
    Enjoy the ride!

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    I have an enabler up front with a Surly hub . I like this setup even better.
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    Looking to ride the Idaho Hot Springs route this summer on my Nimble 9 singlespeed. Currently I run a 32x 17 which is okay up to about an 8% grade. Thinking about the White Industries Double Double white industries double double. That will give me a 34 x 16 and a 31 x 19 for climbing. Not to much of a weight penalty and I get to keep that great SS feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pink57 View Post
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    Ask and you shall receive.

    As it stands now I want a IGH for the rear and maybe a dymo hub up front but we will see. I am kind of trying to go for the Jones Diamond Frame ATB with 135mm front rear and being able to swap front/rear if I am in a pinch.

    I don't see how you can go dyno upfront and still be able to swap it to the rear if something goes sideways... Unless you get a 135mm dyno and do a bolt to the disc cog so you could fixed gear out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmike View Post
    I don't see how you can go dyno upfront and still be able to swap it to the rear if something goes sideways... Unless you get a 135mm dyno and do a bolt to the disc cog so you could fixed gear out.
    Currently as the bike stands it is fixed gear on the disc. I am going to not go dyno hub and just stick with lights the old fashion way of a battery.
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    you could always run a dingle speed and change your gear ratio as needed!

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