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    Any Florida SS'ers? Need advice

    Trying to get some input from some fellow Floridians (or anyone with flatter land experience). I just purchased my 1st single speed from a friend who built it himself (he runs a LSB). The components are very impressive,however he used a gear which is very short, 27 front and 15 rear, I already swapped the rear with a 13 which came with the bike, but I want something a little more "urban" friendly while still being able to enjoy the off road stuff. I'm wearing myself out when I try to keep up with friends on the street. What is a good all around gear, I have Profile Racing cranks and hubs and want to stick with their parts. I've tried searching but its pretty confusing. Thanks for any input.

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    How much off road versus how much on road?

    On my 29er I am presently running a 32x16 in FL. 99% of that is off road, but for the little bit of concrete riding I do with the bike it seems to feel okay.
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    I'm not sure about the gearing- you didn't say what size wheels you were running. Either way (26or 29) that would be a monster gear for off road in these parts, but then again we have hills here.!

    Try a geared bike and find what gear works best and then figure how many gear inches that is and transfer it to your SS. I would recommend using a larger chainring and rear cog regardless (you can still get the same gear) because it will be more efficient, longer wearing, and you will have fewer dropped chain issues.

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    I'm riding a 29'er, about 50/50 on and off road

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    You'd probably be miserable off road with such a high gear, its hard to make a SS do two different things well. I use a 32 - 18 on my 29er off road.

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    Where I live it's pretty flat. I have a 29er and run 32/18. For the trails here it is great 99% of the time. I have a hard time when my friends are flying on the flats trying to keep up. If I went to a smaller cog in the back I could keep up on the flats but then some of the hills would be a problem. Some of the guys ride SS with a 32/17 or 16 and some go as high as 20. With any bike there are always compromises.

    A lot of it is individual to your specific needs. I think even if you spoke to local riders you'd find a wide range of gearing. Add to that the many variables of geometry, fitness level, etc. and it becomes a hard question to answer.

    Get some cheap cogs and experiment until you find what works for you.

    Good luck.

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    It looks like a 32 is a good starting spot in the front, I have a 15 rear, maybe I'll start with that and get a rear 18 cog and see how it feels from there. Anybody else, feel free to chime in!!

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    Where in FL are you from?

    I ran 32x18 for the longest time and it got pretty bad on the flatter offroad trails. For the last year I have been using a 32x17 everywhere (Boyette, Alafia, Santos, etc) and it has been pretty good with the exception of some of the longer flat parts of the trail. Recently I threw a 16t on the back for a ride up at Santos. Felt really good on the trail. Didn't get a chance to try it out in the reds yet. I think it will be a little tough for some of the short steep climbs.
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    For central and south Florida, somewhere around 32-16 is good for a 29er. For some of the steeper, hillier trails around Ocala, on the ridges, or in the Panhandle, I would recommend 32-18. Give or take a tooth depending on your strength/skills.

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    I'm in Orlado area, so far I've taken to Chuck Lennon and Soldiers Creek in Longwood (both of which were excellent on this bike), I plan on taking it to Santos some day. Mostly anything else I will take my Stumpjumper geared bike.

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    As suggested before experiment with your geared bike on which combos feel best to you. Cheaper than buying a bunch of cogs to figure it out...although you can usually get cheap stamped steel combo packs with a variety of cogs for pretty cheap.
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    Thanks for all the suggestions, I will probably go home and ride my other bike and pay attention to the different gears and go from there, thanks everyone!!!

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