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    best way to convert my giant xtc

    Right now I'm running a 19" giant xtc from about 2005. FSA isis carbon crankset, xtr rear, xt cassette, and xt shifters.

    What is the best plan of action for doing this?
    Could I go with the surly singleator and the surly spacer kit?
    This bike is now going to be only on the street with slicks so should I just see what gear I am mostly in and sort of guess on what would be right?
    Middle chainring in the front and then buy the right cog for the rear?

    sorry I know these are simple questions but I have been out of the scene for a few years.
    Thanks
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    would this be the right plan of action for converting?

    I also saw the spacer kit on Sheldon Brown's singlespeed page and that looked pretty good.
    "Work hard, Ride harder"

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    on road with skinny slicks... usually close to 3:1 ratio...
    so if you're on a 42 tooth front ring, aim for close to a 14 tooth rear (depending on the hills in your city)

    try it out with existing chain, frotn chainring and a new rear cog...
    once you get the right ratio get a new front chainring too (if you can)

    rings and cogs meant for ss-specific work don't have shift ramps, have deeper teeth for better engagement so they'll prevent your chain

    steel ones're best because they tend to take more strain abuse since your bike's no longer got the "easy gear" options....

    EDIT sorry, brain skipped a beat there, the 42x14 (or thereabouts) runs great on roadies, on my mountain bike with 2" wide slicks (heavy continental town and countrys) I was running either 38x13 or 36x15 depending on the load I was carrying.
    Was actually a "magic gear" for me, no tensioner required!!
    Frames were: a brodie steel thing (yellow frame, don't remember the name), and a rocky mountain hammer race, again a steel frame.
    This gear ratio worked on both perfectly.

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