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    Tsali on a Single Speed

    Going to Tsali for a few days in July for the first time. I plan to ride a singlespeed 29er. Any advice on gearing? I hear the climbs aren't very severe but I am from Florida and have found "flat" is relative when it comes to mountain biking. Also, I hear its crazy crowded in the summer. Are weekdays ok or is it still packed? Thanks.

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    Tsali in the summer will be very crowded on the weekends but probably not as much during the week.

    I've not ridden my SS there, but I would run 32x20 there (with my 29er). My single speed will go there with me next time I go. That will be a good ride. While you're there stop by the Nantahala Outdoor Center and ride the trail behind there (can't remember the name of it but the employees can get you there).

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    Last time I rode tsali I was on a 34-16 (26 inch rear wheel) and that felt great on the left and right loops. A bit tall on the mouse branch and thompson loops. I live in Winston-Salem, which isn't Florida flat, but not mountainous either. Bring a low gear if you plan on riding anything in the area that isn't Tsali- but I'd stay pretty tall for Tsali as it feels great fast!

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    I live a couple of miles from Tsali and will only ride my SS there. Im riding a 29r GT Peace with 32-20 and have a blast. On my Surly 1x1 i ran 32-18 for cruzing and 32-17 during races. The only place i have to walk is the steep climb on rt.loop backwards. Oh yeah, i'd avoid weekends and after heavy rains. One more thing bring lights and a bell.
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    I ran a 32x20 on a 29er as well. Great area for a SS. Rolls very well.

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    I haven't had my SS over there YET, but I'd run 32x20 also. It would be a fun ss trail system.
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    I rode my 26 inch there in the fall with 32x19. It climbed fine but these trails are faster and smoother than what I normally get to ride, so I was really wishing I had a 32x17 honestly. A little more work on the uphuill is worth it to move faster on these smooth trails. 32x17 or 18 is my vote. And I think 32x19 is the lowest you would need here, and I am not superman.
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    good stuff all. thanks! ill bring a bunch of cogs (cause i am fat and lazy) but i will start out 32x20.
    the light and bell comment got me thinking...are the trails open after dark?
    smooth tack sounds like a nice place for night rides no?
    anywhere close you guys recommend to grab a few beverages in the evening?

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    I'm planning on ridiing here this year on my Mary SS (32/20).

    Be mindful of which trails are open on which days. They alternate.

    http://www.main.nc.us/graham/hiking/tsali.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by craig laing
    good stuff all. thanks! ill bring a bunch of cogs (cause i am fat and lazy) but i will start out 32x20.
    the light and bell comment got me thinking...are the trails open after dark?
    smooth tack sounds like a nice place for night rides no?
    anywhere close you guys recommend to grab a few beverages in the evening?
    Yes. great place to night ride.

    The NOC just west a few miles. Rivers End(sits out over the Nanty river) rest. there is good for a decent meal and beers. We eat there about once a week. They are also building an outside bar currently as well. Almost done.

    Bryson City is also has a few places just east about the same distance.
    Last edited by Duckman; 05-14-2009 at 06:20 PM.
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    I ussually put my truck in high gear and go right past Tsali and head to Fontana with my singlespeed! I tried to stop there for a recovery ride last time but someone slashed my tire on my SS after the Icycle. Have fun. Don't miss Pisgah while your up here!

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