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    Any female sspeeders?

    I'm new to this site...Wondering if there are any women riding ss threads or forums?

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    I'm not, but I've seen quite a few on the trails over the years. Methinks they just don't hang out on the forums as much?
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    If there are some, let's see your boobs.

    (I'm kidding. sorta)

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    well at least we got one
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    Quote Originally Posted by nuck_chorris
    well at least we got one
    Not for long... thanks umarth.

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    Yeah, sorry. Been drinking and I'm an ashole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    Yeah, sorry. Been drinking and I'm an ashole.
    well if your drunk then you wouldnt mind seeing my boobs
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    Quote Originally Posted by nuck_chorris
    well if your drunk then you wouldnt mind seeing my boobs
    I think we're meant to be.

    I don't see many lady riders when I'm out and about. I'm currently trying to get my roommate riding, but no SS at this point.

    Still, you have this forum- not all the guys are complete d-bags (like me).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaineSara
    I'm new to this site...Wondering if there are any women riding ss threads or forums?
    I always thought that female SSers were mythical creatures, like unicorns.

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    Well I'm married to one and a few of the other women we ride with have singlespeeds. The wife only has one geared bike (94 Bontrager, which was her first singlespeed) and the others are a Solitude 29er singlespeed and a 1970's Holdsworth fixie conversion

    Just spent a week in Scotland riding the 7Stanes trails on singlespeeds with a group of geared and/or full-sus riders. We survived and even over took people on occasions!

    They are about but there are not many (in the UK at least!)

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    Female riders tend to avoid places like this because of the overwhelming amount of d-bags who say things like what my esteemed colleague above did, only they're serious.... There is a female rider forum on mtbr, but if you've got thick enough skin to put up with the jerks, you'll find just as much useful info and help here as any other single speeder will.

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    Thanks guys...I THINK I dare to stick around. A few of you sound like the guys I sometimes ride with. This has been my first season on a singlespeed. I was very nervous to make the switch and now I can't imagine going back. I'm sure this forum will be helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaineSara
    A few of you sound like the guys I sometimes ride with.

    They ask to see your boobs too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by übermensch
    They ask to see your boobs too?
    I'll bet that's the tipping point right there. Wouldn't blame her. Bye Sara.

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    OP- I'm assuming you have stumbled across this forum by now. Luckily, I think most SSing tends to be unisex, so you can be part of the fun that is the SS forum, where the "SS" might stand for "Sexist and Stoopid."

    Don't lurk.

    Quote Originally Posted by MaineSara
    I'm new to this site...Wondering if there are any women riding ss threads or forums?

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    umarth, you don't even get any parting gifts...

    Here's a picture of Stella. If I didn't blink I would see her passing me from time to time on the climb to Buzzard Lagoon in Santa Cruz.
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    My fiancee rides an SS for commuting. Not as often as I'd like though.

    If you can put up with the locals there's a ton of info here Sara.

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    MaineSara- My wife has ridden SS a few times, due to her not getting to ride much this year and economical reasons, we have sold her SS bike. I know a few other women that ride SS too.

    Also I'm assuming, if some of the above guys are like guys you ride with from time to time, you probably can handle their comments. So hang around, there really is lots of good info in here.
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    some single speeding women were the reason i actually built my first singlespeed. However, i dont think they're on here much.

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    My 40 yr old Bride is lovin her Superfly SS!

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    Swapped my wife's Salsa Ala Carte SS out just yesterday for a bonafide Spot Brand SS. A couple of her riding buddies are on SS now... the others WANT to be and will probably follow suit over the next year.

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    Sarah has three SS bikes - planning on making her a 4th one just because I have an extra frame her size in the basement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ernesto_from_Wisconsin
    Sarah has three SS bikes - planning on making her a 4th one just because I have an extra frame her size in the basement.
    damn...my wife only has 2..

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    [QUOTE=aka brad]umarth, you don't even get any parting gifts...[QUOTE]

    Did I miss when they were giving them out?

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    I'll tough it out and stick around Thanks for sharing the photos and comments about other female ss riders. I've yet to meet a one in my area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaineSara
    I'll tough it out and stick around Thanks for sharing the photos and comments about other female ss riders. I've yet to meet a one in my area.
    any riding around southern coastal maine? My parents just built a house out there, so i was contiplating bringing my bike next time i visit.

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    I've never biked in that area...If you are willing to drive some I can suggest lots of good places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaineSara
    I've never biked in that area...If you are willing to drive some I can suggest lots of good places.
    how much is some? they're in woolwich i think. I've done some riding out there up by Baxter state park, but not in the past 13 years or so.

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    Head to the Camden/Rockport area (1 1/2 hour drive). There are a couple small mountains and many trails. They have a race there every summer. There is a bike shop called Maine Sport that could help you out in Rockport. Closer to Woolwich, in Bath, is a shop called Bath Cycle and Ski (it may even be IN Woolwich). They have a team that races. They could probably give you suggestions. I hear they also have a cool website with really good deals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaineSara
    Head to the Camden/Rockport area (1 1/2 hour drive). There are a couple small mountains and many trails. They have a race there every summer. There is a bike shop called Maine Sport that could help you out in Rockport. Closer to Woolwich, in Bath, is a shop called Bath Cycle and Ski (it may even be IN Woolwich). They have a team that races. They could probably give you suggestions. I hear they also have a cool website with really good deals.
    awesome, thanks! i got fam all over Maine (my dad grew up there), so i can do a little traveling i guess. An hour and a half is normal around here to get to a worthy ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaineSara
    Head to the Camden/Rockport area (1 1/2 hour drive). There are a couple small mountains and many trails. They have a race there every summer. There is a bike shop called Maine Sport that could help you out in Rockport. Closer to Woolwich, in Bath, is a shop called Bath Cycle and Ski (it may even be IN Woolwich). They have a team that races. They could probably give you suggestions. I hear they also have a cool website with really good deals.
    Yep! It's a cool shop! My in-laws are up around there, and I've heard of some good trail in the area.

    Haven't been up there with a bike to go find out yet though.

    We're about a six hour drive away, in CT. Some time we'll be up there long enough, and I'll bring a bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover
    Yep! It's a cool shop! My in-laws are up around there, and I've heard of some good trail in the area.

    Haven't been up there with a bike to go find out yet though.

    We're about a six hour drive away, in CT. Some time we'll be up there long enough, and I'll bring a bike.
    that's where my parents just moved from... i grew up in CT. There's some awesome riding there.

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    I am one of the purported female ss'ers, and hang out here on an occasional whim. Mine's a 29'er, love it. As a fearless singlespeeder the heavy dosage of testosterone and piggery won't discourage you.

    I know lots of other women who ss, it's a bigger crowd than you think. We should start the Women's SS forum...

    Camden, eh? One of my cousins is in Hope, we visited about a year ago but didn't get to ride, would love to sometime.

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    Sara, welcome to the forum :-) My fiance rides SS rigid exclusively. Pics are in the thread "Redline Action Shots" and also in the Redline forum. The girl can ride!
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    I am too - at least I will be as soon as my conversion is finished. Had a '93 or '94 Diamondback Sorrento I repainted and just received the last few parts for. Also sprang for a Misfit diSSent which will be my winter build project...
    Cato, what do you ride?

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    My wife does:
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    She's been doing the SS 'thing' for quite about 10 years now.
    Just a regular guy.

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    My daughter rides a SS. Then again at her age I'm just happy she is riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petey15
    I am too - at least I will be as soon as my conversion is finished. Had a '93 or '94 Diamondback Sorrento I repainted and just received the last few parts for. Also sprang for a Misfit diSSent which will be my winter build project...
    Cato, what do you ride?
    I have a Kona Kula 2-9, scandium frame, super light and stiff...alot of ss'er hate alum or scand's stiffness but the power transfer from the pedals can't be beat. I had a Kona Unit (cromoly frame) and it was a noodle compared to this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cato
    I have a Kona Kula 2-9, scandium frame, super light and stiff...alot of ss'er hate alum or scand's stiffness but the power transfer from the pedals can't be beat. I had a Kona Unit (cromoly frame) and it was a noodle compared to this.
    nice bike, and i agree with ya, i cant ride limp noodle frames either.

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    Well... with my 130lbs (on a 5'6" frame) all dressed up, my ALU frame was beating me up. I really love my Ti frame...

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    Welcome Sara, I ride and race exclusively on a SS. Another place to look is the Women's forum, there are some other female SS riders there. I cruise both forums, along with the Endurance forum, and while I may get some insights here I interact more on the Women's forum, less debauchery.

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    Great to meet you all! I've had the best season ever on my first ss- a Surly Karate Monkey fully rigid. It's awesome! I can't think of a thing I'd change about it...I'm sure I'll find out ways to improve it from this site.I look forward to talking with you all...

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    My wife is 29 and single too. She has left her Heckler to collect dust since going single.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mattybfat
    My wife is 29 and single too. She has left her Heckler to collect dust since going single.
    That's a very nice custom painted Misfit she's riding there! Do you have any sideshots of the bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arek
    That's a very nice custom painted Misfit she's riding there! Do you have any sideshots of the bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattybfat
    My wife is 29 and single too. She has left her Heckler to collect dust since going single.

    Woo hoo - a diSSent! Can't wait to build mine up. What wheels is she using? How is she enjoying hers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by petey15
    Woo hoo - a diSSent! Can't wait to build mine up. What wheels is she using? How is she enjoying hers?
    She's got my old set WTB laser disc on Misfit hubs (joytechs) laced up by Peter who I understand uses Phil Wood spokes that he cuts and threads himself. In her own words on what she thinks of two first SS & 29er "It's made my riding easier not to think about what gear to be in and those big wheels just roll over everything!" All this and the fact that she's 5'4"...

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    I built my gf a Jamis Exile SS for her bday back in April, she completely rocks that thing! I love the look on guy's faces when they realized they were just passed by a chick on an ss. Priceless I tell ya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaineSara
    Thanks guys...I THINK I dare to stick around. A few of you sound like the guys I sometimes ride with. This has been my first season on a singlespeed. I was very nervous to make the switch and now I can't imagine going back. I'm sure this forum will be helpful.
    Don't let them scare you away MaineSara! They are harmless! Anyhoo - I'm a single speeding chica too. Been riding SS since 2003 (started in Ohio but now live in Boulder, CO). I ride an xs gurly surly. I also have geared bikes - Specialized Safire for XC/AM, Transition Syren for FR/DH, Fat Chance HT for AR (adventure racing), oh and a road bike. It's good to mix it up, especially out here in the Rockies!

    There are a few more SS chicas who post on the Women's Lounge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattybfat
    Nice bike. What bars are these? Look kinda like On-One Mary's, but not exactly ...

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    cool thread, great pics too!....i was riding my local trail last week, and i ran into a woman on the trail, she was on a kona, not a ss, but its the first time i actually seen a woman rider, by herself. she asked me to go 4 a spin, she didnt know the park well, i guess. anyway, she was good, log hopping, blasting downhills, etc. good 2 c you gals out there, ride on!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedsalt
    Nice bike. What bars are these? Look kinda like On-One Mary's, but not exactly ...
    Those are the Misfit FU2 bars... I ride the FU bars they are a little wider....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattybfat
    Those are the Misfit FU2 bars... I ride the FU bars they are a little wider....
    I hear they are great for climing (FU2 bars), but how are they on the discent? I also have the small frame and am the same height as your wife (5'4") - how's the standover?

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    Quote Originally Posted by petey15
    I hear they are great for climing (FU2 bars), but how are they on the discent? I also have the small frame and am the same height as your wife (5'4") - how's the standover?
    I can speak for the FU's that I have no issue with DH's actually feel very comfortable, FU2's are narrower so not sure, wife has not said anything about them. Far as stand over you wont find any better 24.5" on the 15.3" small frame...You need to remember the DiSSent has probably the lowest BB drop of all 29ers something like 56mm which requires a lot of pedal ratcheting to get through the rough!

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    I ride a SS and I am woman. I've got a Redline Monocog Flight 29er.
    I absolutely love this bike. I had a Redline Monocog 29er for a while back in 2007, got ride of it and got a Specialized Stumpjumper Pro FSR, played on it for about a year then sold that and got a Monocog Flight 29er. I absolutely love it.

    I feel like my ride is more enjoyable and I can really appreciate my surrondings more
    if I slow it down and do the more technical rides.

    To bad you don't live down in Arkysaw, there are absolutely NO women to ride with here... and if there are women... I've yet to see them.

    Hope you have fun riding your SS!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattybfat
    I can speak for the FU's that I have no issue with DH's actually feel very comfortable, FU2's are narrower so not sure, wife has not said anything about them. Far as stand over you wont find any better 24.5" on the 15.3" small frame...You need to remember the DiSSent has probably the lowest BB drop of all 29ers something like 56mm which requires a lot of pedal ratcheting to get through the rough!
    Good to keep in mind - thanks! Yeah, the standover and reviews were two of the key reasons I went with Misfit - and Peter was AWESOME to deal with. My experience so far has been terrific. Now the slow accumulation of parts begins. I've been debating on what to do with bars and seems people have been really happy with the FU bars - despite their appearance

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaineSara
    Great to meet you all! I've had the best season ever on my first ss- a Surly Karate Monkey fully rigid. It's awesome! I can't think of a thing I'd change about it...I'm sure I'll find out ways to improve it from this site.I look forward to talking with you all...
    Rigid Karate Monkey - outstanding! Great bike to work with. My wife has a rigid El Mariachi - but I've been unsuccessful in convincing her to go SS yet. She's still 1x9....which is fine. It's a 29er and that's what is most important (.... cynical humor is for free)

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    if i only knew then what i know now, the karate monkey woulda been my ride 2 day!! single speed, steelie, good parts, etc.....oh well, live and learn

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaineSara
    Head to the Camden/Rockport area (1 1/2 hour drive). There are a couple small mountains and many trails. They have a race there every summer. There is a bike shop called Maine Sport that could help you out in Rockport. Closer to Woolwich, in Bath, is a shop called Bath Cycle and Ski (it may even be IN Woolwich). They have a team that races. They could probably give you suggestions. I hear they also have a cool website with really good deals.
    Bath Cycle is in Woolwich (awesome shop, bikeman.com, carverbikes.com), I remember when they moved over from Bath, my first bike was from the original store. I lived in Woolwich most of my life, I just moved down to CT this summer, but my folks still live there.

    ISAR: There's great riding all over the place. Bradbury State Park in Freeport (30mins away) has great trails, farther south Mount Agamenticus (in York? 1.5hrs away) has some good terrain. In Woolwich itself there's mainly powerlines and snowmobile trails that aren't super exciting but very rideable (where I started mtn biking 20 yrs ago). Definitely bring a bike, there's riding all over.

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    GreenlightGo-Love the photo! Your wife's bike sounds awesome. I was riding 1:7 right before I switched to a single speed...My husband's friend picked a gear and told me to just try riding that gear for awhile before we did an official switch. I was reluctant at first and didn't think I'd be able to do it. So maybe your wife will give it a try...If not she still has a cool bike

    For the people who have asked about Maine riding in the Bath area- if you are willing to drive north for a couple of hours there are some good trails in the Bangor/Orono area.

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    my parents live in lisbon, right outside of lewiston, and i u tubed mtb in maine, and that portland river trail came on. summer of 2010, when we r up, im bringing my bike and giving it a whirl

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    Just to add to the love here, my wife just started riding with me. She has a kona unit 26" geared 32/20. Right now its the easy trails and short half an hour rides. She prefers SS because its like her old school urban bike from Poland when she was a kid.

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    My 14 yo daughter rides SS. Did a 24 hour solo on it 2 days after she turned 14.
    As little bike as possible, as silent as possible.
    Latitude: 57º36' Highlands, Scotland

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    SS chicky here, bought my first one in 1999 and I now have 6 in the barn.

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