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    Monster Mash
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    First post First SS

    Hi All,

    Been reading the SS forum for some time now and I decided to take the plunge.

    I converted my 2008 rockhopper to Single Speed mode. This was my very first bike that introduced me into riding AND it was the first time I really did some mechanic work on my bike.
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    It is just a stock rockhopper with the single speed kit. Thanks, Chuck @ bobcat for help with the chain hell i could not figure out.

    I took my bike out for its first ride today, and in all honesty I think it was the best ride I have ever been on. Was it difficult? YES. Was it humbling? YES. But, f*ckin A it was fun.

    Some things I noticed:
    Don't sit and try to spin, you will just suffer.
    Stand up and smash those pedals and jerk those handlebars.
    I could not climb the very steep hills I am usually able to spin up with gears. I would just spin my back tire or come to a complete stop and not be able to pedal. Is this a strength/skill issue that will be improved with more experience?
    I was able to drink more beer after I finished my ride.

    Thanks SS forum for all the info I have found here and maybe I will see some of you out on the trail.

    Johnnapp

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    Yes, you will get stronger and be able to make those climbs if you keep at it. And it is a great feeling of accomplishment when you do.

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    Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life
    Don't worry: you will get stronger, and develop new skills.
    Just make sure to take it slowly. Let your body adapt to the new demands you place on it.

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    Like the others have said, you'll get stronger. Respect your knees. No shame in walking when you have to. I use those sections as the gauge of my strength. It really does feel good when i can clean them...
    Change your cog size if you're just getting blown out too easily. Work on maintaining momentum. I know it's a preference thing, but you might consider getting clipless pedals.

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