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    Harshing my mellow, man..
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    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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    lord of my world
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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?
    "Paved roads...just another example of needless government spending"—paraphrased from rhino_adv

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    Ahhh the pain....
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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.
    Your limits are both physical and mental. Suffering will help you find and overcome both.

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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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    Time to go farther
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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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    SpoK Werks Handmade Goods
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    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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