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    Are you out there? I started a thread looking for shops and maybe this could've spun off that thread, but does anyone else ride SS in Massachusetts?

    I've not only found the driving here to be less than awesome, but the reaction from riders leaves something to be desired (namely, respect).

    I love my SS and won't change for anyone. Yet I'm finding it hard to deal with other riders and especially shops. Both seem to think SS is an antiquated and absurd "style" or riding.

    Going on the beginning, where did you buy your SS? I need a new one and as much as I love supporting the LBS they won't work with me so...

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    I build my own bikes, so I can't help you on this one. There aren't too many off the shelf SS bikes and the cost premium to build your own is quite a bit less when you take out the drivetrain. Most single speed frames are boutique bikes so you need to find a place which deals with the smaller manufacturers.

    As I said in your other thread, I'd make the trip up to JRA cycles. They also carry Kona which is one of the few larger manufacturers that offers a SS bike.

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    Thanks, Kona was one of the few I was looking at for a larger manufacturer. I may go with the buy a frame and build my own method. There are two local shops, one carries Trek the other Specialized and both of their SS's sort of suck. That and the personnel try to sell me said shitty SS or convince me to buy another bike.

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    I ride ss, and you are right there are not a lot of shops that sell straight up ss gear especially if you don't want trek or specialized. Icebox did you just move to the area?
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    I ride SS in Western MA . Not many of us out here . Trails are pretty technical but if you're geared right (32x21 or 22) no problem. Give a shout if you want a tour out here.

    For steed, I suggest Salsa El Mariachi steel or ti . Several dealers local and very SS and adventure friendly brand..
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    I grew up in NW CT so I agree with the ratio and definitely more riders out there. Just a wee bit discouraging when no shop will listen to the customer and most people think its asinine to ride SS.

    I guess I'm use to actual MTBers, people who just enjoy spinning in the woods and sipping brews. Too many roadies and too many m*******s....

    I want to demo an El Mar, the Kona Unit is also on the list.

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    Don't loose hope some of us even ride rigid to.
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    [QUOTE=Too many roadies and too many m*******s....[/QUOTE]

    Too many what?
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    i think unicyclists are the most gangster riders out there

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceboxsteve View Post

    I guess I'm use to actual MTBers, people who just enjoy spinning in the woods and sipping brews. Too many roadies and too many m*******s....
    I'd like to buy a vowel.

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    Jungle, I enjoy my rigid as well. This time around I'll probably slap a fork on it though.

    And sorry to those who took offense.

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    One of my bikes (the one I use most) is a SS. I've yet to run into another person riding an SS, but I have chatted with a few people on the trails who do ride SS occasionally.

    I live in Somerville and ride most of the trails around eastern MA with a 32x18. I am on a super cheapo aluminum rigid SS now, saving my pesos for a bling-y SS Ti rig, hopefully will start acquiring parts this summer/fall. I think that SS is great for eastern MA, there aren't really any super long, multi-mile climbs anywhere, most require relatively short bursts of energy, so I think SS works well.

    I work on/build my own bikes, so I haven't really had to deal with any attitude at shops, and I get most of my parts online anyway. If a shop is trying to sell you something you don't want, and not telling you what you want to hear, they are being foolish, move on to another shop or buy online.

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    Colorado- that's how it is. I'm going up to Boston one of these days to search around because the shops down here just won't work with me. Sad, you'd think they want local business?

    I agree, SS is prime. Down here on cape is flowly, technical in spots, and short uphills. I rode SS in the Berkshire and it was fine.

    right now the ride is jerry-rigged, 34x19, I'll get a classic 32x18 next time. I suppose the parts are easier enough I could build one. What frame do you have? What TI frame are you looking at?

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    I bought a Motobecane Outcast 29er SS on bikesdirect last summer, ended up being $250 on sale, and I probably spent another $150 upgrading a few parts I didn't really trust (seatpost, stem, handlebar, grips, chainring). Got this just to see if I enjoyed SS and 29ers, both of which were a resounding yes.

    As for the new bike, I am currently thinking about a Carver 420 Ti, but this seems to change daily between it and the Kona Raijin ($$$) and a few steel bikes (Vassago Ver Hauen, Canfield Nimble 9, Reeb). I want a 29er SS, with the ability to take a 140mm fork, with short chainstays and quick handling. I think any of these bikes would be ideal in the rocky, twisty trails we have here.

    If you are up in the metro area on a weekend (not the next two, I am travelling), and want to get in a ride, give me a shout. I am relatively new to the area, but have ridden quite a few of the trails around here.

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    I'm psyched to race at Willowdale , Ipswich for the first time this Saturday (Weeping Willow) . SS class is about 14 deep. Anyone done this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by iceboxsteve View Post
    Are you out there? I started a thread looking for shops and maybe this could've spun off that thread, but does anyone else ride SS in Massachusetts?

    I've not only found the driving here to be less than awesome, but the reaction from riders leaves something to be desired (namely, respect).

    I love my SS and won't change for anyone. Yet I'm finding it hard to deal with other riders and especially shops. Both seem to think SS is an antiquated and absurd "style" or riding.

    Going on the beginning, where did you buy your SS? I need a new one and as much as I love supporting the LBS they won't work with me so...
    Where in Mass do you live? Fair amount of SSers in Western Mass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulsepro View Post
    Where in Mass do you live? Fair amount of SSers in Western Mass.
    Of course there are! Its hip out there ahah! And I would guess Boston has more than here.

    Probably just the type of guys I got stuck riding with.

    I'm down on Cape, grew up in the Berkshires.

    Speaking of which, I know its over now but come winter and mud season if anyone wants to ride down here in the moderate climate and on the sandy soils let me know.

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    Icebox, i get the same thing but some times even more so as all my bikes run belts. Let me know if you ever are in the Worcester area as we could roll ss together..
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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLEKID5 View Post
    ...all my bikes run belts...
    What do you ride?

    I've considered belts but seems most are custom or semi-custom frames. Don't think that is in the budget.

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    JRA in Medford would be a great resource for you. Like the Honza?

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    Hello my name is Doug and I ride a single speed....
    I do not live in mass anymore but do ride there (otis) a few times a year. I can not really recomnd any shops that are SS friendly but I am sure you should be able to find one closer than Boston. As far as stock SS goes the new specialized carve sl is a nice setup. I have a few friends that have them and they seem to like them. I also just bought a carve ss frame to build for my own use.For the custom side check out Misfit Psycles they make a nice frame. For belt drive you can get the MP frame or look for a Raleigh belt drive XXIX nice steel frame and cheap money. I would also go with the center track on the belt drive.My currant ride is a On One carbon lurcher set up with a 32x19 and a rigid fork I live and ride in the eastern side of PA . we have a small group of riders and have SS rides only that gets the geardos upset.

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    I ride a SS, here in hilly western Mass. It's even a 26er... do I care what anyone has to say about that? No. Why worry about the reactions people have? And if the shops don't have what you want, it's pretty easy to learn to wrench a SS.

    And, your diss against road riders notwithstanding, I also ride a SS road bike. It's certainly made me even faster on the SS mtb. I also drink beer almost every night. So, no offense, but you may want to check your stereotypes...

    I bought my mtb SS as a frame and built it up -- which I recommend, since you can customize everything to your liking. The road SS came off the shelf, since it was originally intended just for offseason and wet weather training until I realized I like riding on country roads as much as riding on trails.

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    Hmmm, I'm surprised you're coming across SS hate. All the MTB'ers I've met have been a cool bunch.

    Why I don't ride SS myself, I really don't care what you ride...if I see you on the trail and you're cool with me, you're all right in my book.

    Of course I've never ridden a SS, so maybe I'm missing something really fun...I dunno. I see the appeal in the simplicity of it though, as someone who once had a rear derailuer shear off in the woods. Either way, I wouldn't hate on what you ride.

    I actually thought about buying a SS road bike though, I thought that might be fun.

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    what is the gearing you are running on the road bike? I was thinking about setting up a crossbike SS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceboxsteve View Post
    What do you ride?

    I've considered belts but seems most are custom or semi-custom frames. Don't think that is in the budget.
    I ride the xxix

    http://http://www.raleighusa.com/arc...ntain/xxix-11/

    And my road steed is the civia bryant 8 speed internal hub
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    I'm from the Cape, ride and race SS.

    Everyone I know and ride with on Cape is cool with SSing, and most have a SS/or had one/or would like one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iceboxsteve View Post
    Are you out there/Does anyone else ride SS in Massachusetts?
    Yup.

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    Going on the beginning, where did you buy your SS?
    Ted Wojcik built the frame and Chris Igleheart built the fork back in 2007. In 2012, Circle A Cycles performed the single speed conversion (Black Cat Swingers). Running 650B at the moment.



    I ride several times a week a short distance from home (trail head is about 1/2 mile from my doorstep). I hate driving to ride so it works out well. When I do venture out locally using a car, I tend to go to the north shore. Currently running 32/18.

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    I ride a SS. I started out as a poor student without enough money to afford gears. Now my main ride is a Gold on-one inbred with a tensioner. I run 34-20 since I am lazy and weak, and I also don't need to go too fast. I ride all around E. Mass.

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    nice bike very clean looking. It must roll nice w/ those 650's

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    I use 42x16 on the road SS -- which is what it came with, though I haven't felt a need to change it. I haven't (yet) found a hill I can't climb in that gear ratio, though some long, steep grades can be a grind. I run 33x20 on my SS mtb.

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    Don't get me wrong everyone, I think 99% of cyclists of any type are cool. If you're out spinning whether it be asphalt or dirt I don't care. Yes 99% of people I meet on the trail are what I consider typical MTBers, just out to spin in the woods.

    AM, I know people I use to ride with who were primarily roadies, they rode SS on the pavement and drank plenty. Awesome guys.

    Anyway maybe its time I look for some frames and parts and build my dream.

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    traveling up for a graduation party on the 8th does anyone want to get together and do a ride at Otis ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceboxsteve View Post
    Are you out there? I started a thread looking for shops and maybe this could've spun off that thread, but does anyone else ride SS in Massachusetts?

    I've not only found the driving here to be less than awesome, but the reaction from riders leaves something to be desired (namely, respect).

    I love my SS and won't change for anyone. Yet I'm finding it hard to deal with other riders and especially shops. Both seem to think SS is an antiquated and absurd "style" or riding.

    Going on the beginning, where did you buy your SS? I need a new one and as much as I love supporting the LBS they won't work with me so...
    Steve, I lost your number...Rocking my new Lynskey SS hard this season. PM me.

    Quote Originally Posted by longshanks View Post
    I'm from the Cape, ride and race SS.

    Everyone I know and ride with on Cape is cool with SSing, and most have a SS/or had one/or would like one.
    And this guy rides, races, and f*ing hauls ass on a SS on the Cape as well.

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    Lived in central MA and SW NH and fr the last 7yrs live in GA. Currently ride a Civilian Luddite SS. Love it. Plan on taking it up north when I visit family. Cannot see why LBS in MA are not taking ss seriously though. 2 of the LBS owners where I live now ride ss with more and more local riders picking up one as a second bike.........that slowly becomes their primary one.

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    My boyfriend lives in the Worcester area and got a Surly Karate Monkey rigid SS at Milford Bicycle Shop back in April. He's got a pretty good relationship with the shop owner, so I'm not sure how their attitude is toward other SSers, but he has no issues. He loves the SS and has been riding the heck out of that thing since he got it. Come to one of the BVNEMBA rides if you can make one, and you'll probably meet him (and me!).

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    SS is personal affair. Most every long time mtb'er looks to experience everything mtb'ing and must have one in the quiver. I would expect that reaction from a bike shop. It's a very unique or boutique like bike.

    Anyway, Kevin from mountainbikingschool.net can build you out a SS. He's built out Zion 853 EBB frame. It simply just doesn't break.
    Pros:
    It can take an absolute beating.
    Different kind of trail riding using more momentum and pump
    Crushes flow trails
    Forced to learn more technical riding
    Makes you a stronger rider
    People think that you're kind of crazy.
    Cons:
    It's a solitary sport even if you ride with other SS'ers. Gearing and physical talent can make extreme gaps between riders.
    Forget the extremely rocky technical sections. Do-able, but not as fun.
    Hard to keep up with geared bikes at times.
    Get tired more easily

    Give Kevin an email. He'll take care of you.

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    I got to ride fixed for the first time off-road in Southbridge. One of the most mentally "engaging" rides I've had this year.

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    Wow, I've heard tales of idiots, er people, crazy enough to ride fixed in the woods but never knew it was real!

    Haha, in all seriousness, how was it? I've never ridden fixed even on the road but I feel like I'd find the pedaling on a down hill slightly annoying, especially a rocky one. And I tend to track stand/back pedal a lot in rock gardens to keep balance.

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    Is SS really that uncommon anymore? And don't most decent bike shops run across the gamut of bikes? Some things may be more common than others, but rarely do I see people turning away cash.

    Granted, other than buying my SS, I've never taken it back to the shop in the past 8 years I've been riding it.

    What I have seen is that SS was supposed to become the next big thing to sell more/new bikes and that seems to have gotten replaced by 29ers and soon to be 27.5. I was blown away how difficult it is to find 26" tires these days. The problem with SS is that it doesn't really cater to the casual cyclist.

    Personally, there's no better bike to take out when riding with the wife.

    I saw guys riding fixed for the Firecracker 50 in CO back in 2007. 50 miles, 10,000 ft. of climbing and fully rigid fixed gear. And that course is nothing to sneeze at from a technical standpoint.

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    The issue is there are not a lot of shops around here. And they all sell one brand, so I have a grand total of maybe three brands in the area, none of which (to me) make a decent SS. I don't think this area has enough MTBers or even cyclists to make shops need to offer that sort of variety.

    Its all well and good, I just have to drive to Boston.

    And wow. I don't even know what to say to that. Incredible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceboxsteve View Post
    Wow, I've heard tales of idiots, er people, crazy enough to ride fixed in the woods but never knew it was real!

    Haha, in all seriousness, how was it? I've never ridden fixed even on the road but I feel like I'd find the pedaling on a down hill slightly annoying, especially a rocky one. And I tend to track stand/back pedal a lot in rock gardens to keep balance.
    The first 30 minutes were terrifying, but once I got used to the constant pedal strikes and the seated downhills it was pretty fun. The trails in Southbridge are not that rocky, just a lot of switchbacks. My gearing was 36x18 which was fine for the downhills, but a little too much on the uphill switchbacks. It was the first time I used cantilever brakes, 90's Alivio, off-road in a while. With new kool-stop pads they were awesome!

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    keep up the good fight and buy what you want.. not just some crap that some one happens to have kicking around.
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    Ride Truro and Wellfleet. SS's are a 29er with cf fork.32/18 and a 93 diamonback axis. Hunt down the parts and build what you like. Surly singulator works well for cheap money. If you decide to cont with SS buy an WI eno or similar hub and build a rear wheel.
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    I recently built up an old Chameleon frame for the fun of it. Rides pretty good, but I need to either put the chain tensioners on or get a bolt on hub. Also want to get a disc hub to run an ISO cog for fixed gear riding. Currently running 32./16, might go 32/18.

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    32x16, wow....

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceboxsteve View Post
    32x16, wow....
    Yeah, it's a little rough on the trails. Definitely going to try stepping down to 32/18.

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