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    New to SSing - I'm a convert

    So with the help of a friends spare SS parts, nuts and bolts, a few
    spacers for my rear wheel, my dremel tool, bloody nuckles and a
    bit of grease...my Ahrens hardtail has been converted into a
    singlespeed!

    I decided to just use my old XT derailleur instead of buying a
    chain tensioner. This works beautifully and it was so easy to
    setup the chainline.

    So I know I'm a bit of a weenie for running a 32:18, but that's
    all I had. If you doubt my ability to keep up, come out and ride
    with me and i'll still whoop some arse on you!

    I rode with some friends last nite and had an epiphany...SS's
    rule. No gears to muck with, you just ride. I actually payed
    more attention to the trail and rode faster than usuall because
    I didn't have to fuss with gears...of course it does hurt a bit
    more and you look like a mad man when spinning on the flats.

    Check out my new baby:
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    Quote Originally Posted by iluvcx
    So I know I'm a bit of a weenie for running a 32:18, but that's
    all I had. If you doubt my ability to keep up, come out and ride
    with me and i'll still whoop some arse on you!
    Funny stuff...welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iluvcx
    come out and ride with me and i'll still whoop some arse on you!
    First post and you're already throwin' down!

    What's with Ahrens? I've never heard of that brand. Where are they from? Looks nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    First post and you're already throwin' down!

    What's with Ahrens? I've never heard of that brand. Where are they from? Looks nice.
    Welcome too the insane world of ss ing.
    Enjoy! and don't let any geared riders pass u on the climbs.

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    Good looking bike! I've never heard of that frame manu. but it looks perty good!
    EVIL LURKS IN THE MIND OF A MADMAN!

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    Nuthin' wrong.........

    Nuthin' wrong with 32x18. I'm the strongest rider on this board (ha ha) and I "only" ride a 34x20 most of the time -- that's a lower gear than yours. Anyway you're no weenie for running 32x18.

    The truth about SSing: On virtually every group ride I participate in, the singlespeeders are the guys at the front. Funny how that works...

    Whatever... welcome.

    --Sparty


    Quote Originally Posted by iluvcx
    So with the help of a friends spare SS parts, nuts and bolts, a few
    spacers for my rear wheel, my dremel tool, bloody nuckles ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    Nuthin' wrong with 32x18. I'm the strongest rider on this board (ha ha) and I "only" ride a 34x20 most of the time -- that's a lower gear than yours. Anyway you're no weenie for running 32x18.

    The truth about SSing: On virtually every group ride I participate in, the singlespeeders are the guys at the front. Funny how that works...

    Whatever... welcome.

    --Sparty

    "Strongest Rider" that is a pretty bold statment. hijack not intended

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    Quote Originally Posted by williamf777
    "Strongest Rider" that is a pretty bold statment. hijack not intended
    I know! I wonder what he meant by "ha ha" though.

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    100% complete, total, utter, absolute, simple, unadulterated, all-fired, unalloyed, dad-burned, undiluted, sheer, unmitigated, absolute, blankety-blank, confounded, doggone, unqualified, downright, flat-out, goldarn, infernal, outright, pure, straight-out, consarned, unqualified bullsh!t is what I meant by "strongest" and "ha ha."

    Dang, it always hurts whenever I rediscover how poorly tongue-in-cheek humor comes across when dispatched through cyberspace...

    Sorry for the confusion. Here, have a smiley...

    There. That oughta do it.

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    I know! I wonder what he meant by "ha ha" though.
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    Crap I feel dumb now cause I really did miss that.

    My bold statement is: I plan on getting first in sport class at Sea Otter.

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    ... and if we just ... No sweat!

    No worries whatsoever! My bad. Anyway I hope I can swing gettin' to S.O. again this spring so I can watch you nail the primo podium spot in the sport class. Hell, I'll even buy you a post-victory brew!

    (Smiley = happy insurance.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by williamf777
    Crap I feel dumb now cause I really did miss that.

    My bold statement is: I plan on getting first in sport class at Sea Otter.
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    Well I better stop drinkin so much brew and get off my a$$. I am building a fixed gear road bike on monday. Late night training rides.

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    Nice rig!
    Good build.
    Now don't go and ruin it with bar ends. (tounge-in-cheek insurance)
    32x18 is fine.
    If you live in a pancake state (Tennessee for example) or in a regions with no hills, you can feel free to bump it up, or down. Keep the gear that's fun.
    Get ridin!

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    Thanks for the welcome....

    I'm new to posting here, so please pardon me, while I get used to responding correctly....

    So, the Ahrens bike is actually desgined by a buddy of mine(Mike Ahrens) in San Jose, CA and build by Paul of Rocklobster Cycles. The style of the bike is what my buddy Mike called a "freeride hardtail", meaning it's got a beefy rear end (box chainstays), the capacity to run up to 2.5 front and rear and a 5" travel fork up front!

    I also have a steel geared rig that he also designed. It's my XC racing bike, but I think I will convert it to a SS as well!

    Check out his website: http://www.ahrensbicycles.com/

    F*ck bar ends! There are a couple things that I firmly despise:
    1) Tandems
    2) roller blades
    3) god damn bar ends, especailly when they are on riser bars!

    I ride in the Bay Area (San Jose, CA), Santa Cruz, so we do have lot's of hills. I think I could afford to bump up to a 34:18.

    L8r,
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    San Jose and Santa Cruz eh! Lets hook up and ride. I live in SJ and work in Santa Cruz.

    Nice looking rig. I just started running 32x18 on my latest ss. It really does work out a lot better for the type of riding I like to do. It sucks a bit more on flats and dh then the 34 x 18 I have run in the past, but it is sooo much more friendly for uphill. I found 34x18 to be just too steep for most of those hour long fire road climbs that get you to the good stuff. Just backing off a couple teeth upfront makes for a much more comfortable ride here in the Bay Area. I have ridden with some other guys on SS around here with the 34x17 or 34x18, but they were very strong riders (by a lap or two around they still are wishing for a slightly lighter gear)

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    Hey dscot420

    I'm leading a ride in the SC are tomorrow. email me if interested:
    isaiasjob"at"yahoo"dot"com - replace the "at" and "dot" with the appropriate symbols. Damn spammers are gettin' to smart these days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by williamf777
    "Strongest Rider" that is a pretty bold statment. hijack not intended
    [SIZE=3]It's True![/SIZE] Sparty has not bathed since he started riding singlespeeds three+ years ago!
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    Quote Originally Posted by williamf777
    Crap I feel dumb now cause I really did miss that.

    My bold statement is: I plan on getting first in sport class at Sea Otter.
    I have gotten first* in the expert SS at Sea Otter a couple of times.
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    *First entrant that is with the lowest number for the class.
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    Yeah, that's what I meant

    Stongest smelling.

    What were YOU guys thinking?!

    --Sparty

    P.S. And to think... shiggy is my best friend... harumpff!


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    SC Ride

    I sent you an email about riding tomorrow. I'm always up for new rides. Email me back. Am I in trouble because of the first picture. The second picture sums it up.
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    Hmmmmmm...

    Your reply follows my post but you can't be talking to me... I didn't get your email about riding tomorrow and I don't see anything wrong with either of your photos except than everyone knows red and purple don't go together.

    So where are we meeting for the ride tomorrow, anyway? I'm guessing I've got quite a drive in front of me.

    --Sparty



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    I sent you an email about riding tomorrow. I'm always up for new rides. Email me back. Am I in trouble because of the first picture. The second picture sums it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    Nuthin' wrong with 32x18. I'm the strongest rider on this board (ha ha) and I "only" ride a 34x20 most of the time --
    --Sparty
    Hey!! I ride 34x20 too. I am as strong a rider as Sparty. Woohoo!!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    Your reply follows my post but you can't be talking to me... I didn't get your email about riding tomorrow and I don't see anything wrong with either of your photos except than everyone knows red and purple don't go together.

    So where are we meeting for the ride tomorrow, anyway? I'm guessing I've got quite a drive in front of me.

    --Sparty
    One of these days I'll figure out how to write comprehesible. I was replying to iluvcx who started the thread. You and I could ride tomorrow if you can get here by noon. I need to get a really small brush and a steady hand to to change the red to purple.
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    Nice bike too by the way iluvcx.
    That back end looks way beefy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    I have gotten first* in the expert SS at Sea Otter a couple of times.
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    I tried expert class last year and got droped fast. SO many Pro's.

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