First SS experience.-
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    First SS experience.

    So I have my racing bike in winter/upgrade/maintenance mode. Of course being a MB junky now I still need my fix. So I broke out my Schwinn Sierra (ala 2000, rigid and platforms), turned it SS (middle ring front/5th in back) and hit the local race track.

    My intention was to do mostly double track fire lane and maybe the 1st 2 miles of single track as its pretty much easy mode as far as technical goes.

    I ended up doing the entire 12 mile race course I did in July with my NRS3.

    Some observations about doing SS Rigid:

    - I spent more time off my saddle attacking the trail, anticipating upcoming track
    - I picked more pure lines
    - Pedal non stop as you never know when you will need the momentum for an upcoming climb
    -Use the body as a shock absorber, it works pretty damn well
    -Not all climbs require a gear change

    A couple of additional things:
    *SS racers are crazy. LOL! I can now see the benefit of riding SS Rigid as I really think it will improve my racing skills. But I dont see myself racing competitvely as a SS, holy work!!

    *Schwinn sure did make a good product in 2000! (I believe back then they were only LBS and they were American made, correct me if im wrong).
    People ask me all the time "who beat you up"? I tell them "a tree". They just look at me funny....

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    You don't necessarily have to be superhuman to ride a rigid singlespeed

    Not being a racer, I find that my Strange (tm) bike has a few advantages:
    - people think I'm either strong or crazy (the thing about "strong" is definitely not true)
    - I have an excuse for taking it easy after I get to the top
    - the fork doesn't compress and throw me OTB when the contour of the steep downhill spot is a bit funny

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    I'm 48 and not in that great of shape, and live in Colorado Springs, CO which does have some decent hills around town. I was surprised at what I could climb on a SS, whether riding around town or on mtn bike trails. Momentum is a key with trails, anticipating as you come up on quick ascents. I love SS biking!

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    29er SS rigid is acceptable to this ole dog........I started out on 26 geared rigids in 1989 and own 29 SS rigid great on certain trails, and certainly love my CF bars and CF rigid fork.......
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    Rigid 29er Ti SS / 29er SC Tallboy AL / Paketa Magnesium Road Bike

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    Welcome to the dark side.

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