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    first "singlespeed" run

    ok, so i dont really have a ss yet...but rode in ONE gear today (32:18). i know there was a thread earlier debating whether or not riding a geared bike in one gear is the same. i dont care...i just wanted to see if i could do it.

    so, i always wondered what people meant by "oh i rode ss for the first time today and it was so fun, blah blah" ...i now know. it is fun. i think my fav thing today was not worrying what gear i needed to be in. i just set it and forget(got) it.

    i ran the fullerton loop (popular so cal trail). well i have to admit, i got my arse handed to me from the get go. there are some what seems to me, steep hills that i just had to walk up. i tried mashing, but the hill mashed back. how the heck do you mash up steep hills? i guess that just comes with time and strengthening. btw, im a newb. so im sure that factors into it too.

    there is this fast single track section with whoops that is really fun to ride fast through, so i had to change gears for that. thats they only downfall with ss on that trail...even 32:16 was not fast enough.

    other than tthat, im liking ss so far. im trying to make my old trek 4100 into ss. just need to get a crankset, brake levers and convert my freewheel to ss freewheel.

    cant wait to try it again with a REAL SS and experience the weight savings and power transfer gains!
    Sette Reken "Hopper" SS

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    Things will only become more fun, I assure you. Never mind about not being in the correct gear for some hills. The walking will gradually decrease, though it will never disappear completely (depending on where you live, of course).
    Besides, what's wrong with a bit of walking? A different perspective, different use of muscles, etc.

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    Singlespeed speed range obviously is not quite what you can get with a gearie.

    For going up, my terrain usually allows me to start pretty fast and try to keep it up.

    For the downhills, things tend to get fast enough if I just coast. If not, I try to help gravity by entering the downhill as fast as possible.

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