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    Single Speed Only Training

    Just got my race bike jacked and can't ride anything but a single speed for probably 6 months. Anybody else do this or have any tips...I've been racing and training for awhile so I don't see why it would be different, but you never know. thanks for any ideas.

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    Ride lots.

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    Yep - ride lots and enjoy :-)

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    Many racers on SS are faster than a majority of the geared folks.
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    I find that geared training is good for SS racing but I find that if I stick exclusively to SS for a while I suffer when I get back on a geared bike. I think it is that you can stay on the gas with a geared bike and keep the resistance up while the SS allows you to "spin out" and rest on the flats (depending on your gearing). I also hoped that riding a SS would make me a better/faster climber on a geared bike but that wasn't the case. On a geared bike I push hard on the flats and don't have enough gas in the tank to hammer the climbs as if I were on the SS. It doesn't seem like it "while" I am riding but I usually come out faster on my SS.

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    i think you'll be okay so long as you gear your ss for optimal resistance and focus on trails that don't require you to do an inordinate amount of spinning on flats. that's the key: gearing and the types of trails you ride.

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    i haven't ridden a geared mtb in over 4 years. have fun with it!!!

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    I stopped riding my XC geared bikes a month ago and won't touch them until spring. SS is great power training for this time of the year. Pick your terrain though. That rule that SS have three gears is ture. Sit, Stand, Walk

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    I found similar to above; I can hammer on the single speed but then suffer when I'm back on the geared bike. However, I found I can rest in the flats by shifting up 2 gears and stand up for a bit. While standing I can pass a few people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlliKat
    I found similar to above; I can hammer on the single speed but then suffer when I'm back on the geared bike. However, I found I can rest in the flats by shifting up 2 gears and stand up for a bit. While standing I can pass a few people.
    ++1

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