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    I can't believe how fun it is....

    Just got me a new SS rigid 29er.(GT Peace 9r) I'm shocked how simplicity can be so much fun. I already own a geared HT 29er that I've been riding about a year now. Lately I was riding it in one gear just to see how I liked it. I was a little nervous about taking the plunge into SS but I'm so glad I did. I've heard in the past that taking a geared bike and not shifting is the same as single speeding. Well, in my opinion, IT'S NOT THE SAME... I don't know why, maybe because of less bends in the chain or something, but SS riding feels like it's more efficient when I pedal it. I really like how it takes your mind off of shifting. My bake came with a 32/18 gear ratio and I think that's just about right for my type of riding. Now, instead of trying to figure out what gear I should be in when I approach a climb I just stand on those pedals and MAN UP!
    This is the most fun I've ever had on a bike.....Now I'm a believer!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by krokus454
    Just got me a new SS rigid 29er.(GT Peace 9r) I'm shocked how simplicity can be so much fun. I already own a geared HT 29er that I've been riding about a year now. Lately I was riding it in one gear just to see how I liked it. I was a little nervous about taking the plunge into SS but I'm so glad I did. I've heard in the past that taking a geared bike and not shifting is the same as single speeding. Well, in my opinion, IT'S NOT THE SAME... I don't know why, maybe because of less bends in the chain or something, but SS riding feels like it's more efficient when I pedal it. I really like how it takes your mind off of shifting. My bake came with a 32/18 gear ratio and I think that's just about right for my type of riding. Now, instead of trying to figure out what gear I should be in when I approach a climb I just stand on those pedals and MAN UP!
    This is the most fun I've ever had on a bike.....Now I'm a believer!!
    Yeah, there is really no comparison between a true SS and staying in one gear on a geared bike.

    I think it is partly due to efficiency, straighter chain line; but mostly due to the mental aspect. You have one gear, its either you pedal or you don't. Sit or stand.

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    u go brother!!

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    So nice when another rider "gets it". Reminds me of when I first "got it".
    True North custom chromoly SS Rigid 29er. FUN+

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    Yeah, I used to look @ single speed bikes and think to myself, why would anyone want to ride something like that? Now it's all I want to ride. If it wasn't for this forum, I probably would have never took the plunge....

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    I loved my bandersnatch when I got it. Been riding it now for about a year and a half. Still love it. I recently bought a used jabberwacky, I feel twenty years younger on the trails. I love getting dirty, running my heartrate through the ceiling, doing alittle hiking. I love my new jabberwacky. My gearing is 32/19 rigid fork. I ordered a new wheelset. Now I am having fun with the tires. I live in socal, and love the cont mountain king front, and rear. I know it will make me a better rider, and keep me forever smiling.

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    Oh what fun it is to ride...

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    We get old because we quit riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krokus454
    Yeah, I used to look @ single speed bikes and think to myself, why would anyone want to ride something like that? Now it's all I want to ride. If it wasn't for this forum, I probably would have never took the plunge....
    Ditto........thanks for the inspiration guys.....still lovin Mary!
    Get off the couch and ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    Oh what fun it is to ride...

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    Right on! Enjoy! Post a pic of that peace!
    Arby

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natedogz
    Ditto........thanks for the inspiration guys.....still lovin Mary!
    mary?

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    sounds like fun. Ride the wheels off of it

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    I'll post a pic later tonite. After I ride it of course!! I feel pretty lucky. There's a state park about 4 miles from where I work. I load up my bike in the morning before I go to work and it's waiting for me when I'm finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roc865
    mary?
    You know... Mary.

    She's proud and rolls down a river.

    Back to topic... geared is cool, but SS is still my preference. I'm glad I own both - but the geared hangs most of the time. I posted a thread in this forum talking about how my geared bike is harder for me to ride. I know, it's strange but true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krokus454
    I'll post a pic later tonite. After I ride it of course!! I feel pretty lucky. There's a state park about 4 miles from where I work. I load up my bike in the morning before I go to work and it's waiting for me when I'm finished.
    Awesome. I need some lights. It's dark when I get out of work.
    Arby

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