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    1st SS OR Ride

    Mixed feelings:

    Like: simple, simple, simple; fun, fun, fun. I felt like I was back in 7th grade on my red and white huffy BMX bike! Not having to change gears really does let you focus completely on the trail. It was just a fun ride. No sound except the twigs cracking under my tires was nice. Loved the positive feedback from the drivetrain. Steel soaks up roots and rocks.

    Not Like: 40x20 is good for flats and minor inclines....big climbs killed my knees and back....knees still hurt....need ice. Climbs are hard. Its tough to find the optimal weight distribution while standing to keep the front tire down but get traction in the rear.
    I remembered why clipless pedals are good. Steel is heavy.

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    Ah feels ya, bro.

    40x20... too big for OR. Are you really in OR? I'm in OR. OR has big pitches. I ride a 34x20 x 26. 2:1 is over the top for those who value their knees long term.

    Gear down and commit... you'll be totally hooked in no time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    Ah feels ya, bro.

    40x20... too big for OR. Are you really in OR? I'm in OR. OR has big pitches. I ride a 34x20 x 26. 2:1 is over the top for those who value their knees long term.

    Gear down and commit... you'll be totally hooked in no time.

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    Sorry OR= Off Road; not Oregon

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    you ride 40x20 off road? lol, no wonder your knees hurt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexrex20
    you ride 40x20 off road? lol, no wonder your knees hurt!
    It isn't any different than 32:16. 2:1 is very common.

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    Everything I had read (including a lot of posts here) said to start at 2:1 and adjust accordingly. If I decide to use the bike for singletrack, I will def. gear down a bit. If I decide to use it for rails/trails and commuting, I will keep it as is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmucker
    It isn't any different than 32:16. 2:1 is very common.
    haha, you're right. i'm a retard.

    i ride 32:15 on my 26er and 32:18 on my 29er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmucker
    It isn't any different than 32:16. 2:1 is very common.
    2:1 (on a 26er with pretty fat tires) is too much for me on trails, except in winter when the packed snow hides all the bumps.

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    I don't think my chainring would survive a single ride if it were 40T.

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    Requesting or providing advice about singlespeed specific gearing on an international forum is ridiculous.

    Gearing needs vary by individual and by local terrain, even from one trail to another within a local area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skankingbiker
    Like: simple, simple, simple; fun, fun, fun. I felt like I was back in 7th grade on my red and white huffy BMX bike! Not having to change gears really does let you focus completely on the trail. It was just a fun ride. No sound except the twigs cracking under my tires was nice. Loved the positive feedback from the drivetrain. Steel soaks up roots and rocks....Steel is heavy.

    Welcome to the club, bud! You're hooked and that's a good thing.

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