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    i feel funny

    last night, i put 9 gears on my bike so it is now a 1x9 with a 32 as the chainring. i rode it around the street etc.. i did it becasue i have to get to work faster, and i live at the top of a hill. so 32/17 is the best i can do to get up the hills. i set up my derailleur so that i cant even use the 3 smallest gears even, but i woke up this morning with a feeling that i destroyed my bike. im actually emotionally unstable becasue i do not have a single speed anymore. i feel like i just pushed away the woman ive loved for 2 1/2 years. ...this honestly feels like a breakup i facilitated and it can never be the way it was.
    has anyone ever felt like this before? i think im going nuts.


    ..i have a 2006 jamis exile on the way for back up, and it should be here and built by the end of next week, but im thinking of selling my current bike now that it has been tainted, and just train to climb hills at like 44/16 or 15.

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    I won't speak for the group but I can say that I'm not talking to you anymore. Maybe JB Weld that shifter and we can have a beer or two.

    Do what's fun!
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    Do what ya gotta do. It's still a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by droolmonkey
    i think im going nuts.
    based on your post, I think you already are nuts
    Chasing bears through the woods drunk with a dull hatchet is strongly not advised

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    Quote Originally Posted by wv_bob
    based on your post, I think you already are nuts

    cant argue with you there! i read it over and it really does sound quite loony tunes ...i just called a friend and sold the parts to him about 3 mins ago. ....he bought a bike 2 days ago and its in dire need of some lighter/stronger parts(its a spec rockhopper w/low end shimano crap), and hes a little hefty to run single speed and keep up atm. i get my money back! now to get a rigid fork for the new ss.


    gonna be 650b rigid ss

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    It's very well documented that adding gears in conjunction with a dramatic disregard for capitalization leads to certain heckling, embarrassment and lofted rotten fruit.

    As mentioned, it is a bike though... enjoy.

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    droolmonkey and steven.c just hooked for 43 posts.

    Also, what?

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    and somehow ive been here since april 2007.

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    I thought this was going to be more viagra spam

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    Just man up a bit and get some training in! My daily commute is 10 miles each way, with 2000ft of climbing to do on the way home for good measure. I'm running 34/17 and can now clear all the long steep hills, but when i 1st started i had to push on 1 hill each way. Great satisfaction clearing the big hills!

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    its not the climb, its the distance. ...also about 10 miles for me. the hills are a breeze, but im spun out on the flats. ...im going back to the ss tomorrow anyway, i will be training some of the hills (read "commuting") with a 16t for the next month or 2, then hopefully a 15t by the end of january. maybe that will assist on the flats



    oh, and the 650b should prove a step up in both climbing and speed so we will see what happens there.


    tolk, how long is your longest climb?. ..mine is about a mile and about 750ft gain. ..at least thats the altitude difference from bottom to top. i smiled the day i cleared that on my ss.



    ...viagra could be fun, i might try that in 45-50 years

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    LOL

    I just convert my SS to 1x6 (only work 1x5 though).

    It's just that I need a low ratio bike for my cadence exercise but at same time I want a mid range touring bike.

    For me 32x20 or 32x18 is enough for touring but with this ratio I should run 30kph to get the rpm that I want which is means I need more distance.

    The problem is I like cadence but I don't like ride fast since it's dangerous.

    @droolmonkey
    I don't feel tainted but it's more like I feel restless riding gears. I think SS is drugs kinda makes me addicted.

    BTW the good thing I still ride like SS - 1 ratio only per trip and the truth is I hate shifting so I use a cheap lever type shifter.

    I use 32x24 or 32x21 for cadence and 32x18 for touring, my legs still not strong enough for 32x16.
    Last edited by jackspade; 12-01-2010 at 05:48 AM.

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    Hmmm..... Yes. You are crazy. We are all a little bit crazy.
    I would always counsel you against some sort of bastard frankenbike mashup. If you "need" gears then gear up a bike. Why corrupt a perfectly good SS? Why handicap a perfectly good gearie?
    That being said, there are a couple ideas that come a little closer to what I think you're looking for.
    1. Get a Dos Eno setup from WI. That way you'll have low and high gears for whichever direction of your commute you need most. Really only practical for a couple gear changes per ride, but the possibility is there.
    2. Cooler yet... find yourself an old Sachs Torpedo Duomatic hub. I found one on CL a while back on an old tandem. It's a two-speed kickback with a high and low gear. Build that bad boy up into a modern rim and you'll have a 2-speed "singlespeed" with all the steath of a regular SS setup, and a coaster brake so you can ditch the brake lever.

    Or... as others have posted: Instead of making your bike easier, make yourself harder.
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    definately going to make myself harder!


    the derailleur and shifter is gone! ...and i dropped a tooth. 32/16 now

    just got back home, and its a pia going up those hills in a 16, buti suspect it will get easier over the next few weeks.

    and i came home to my 2006 jamis exile frame and a sram x9 front hub and dmr ss rear waiting for me at my front door!

    im stoked! will post pics up of the parts when they are all in.

    here is the build list

    2006 jamis exile frame size medium
    2009 rock shox recon race (till i pick up a stiff front)
    alex xd-lite laced to a sram x9 with 15g dt champion spokes in the front
    alex xd-lite laced to a dmr revolution ss with the same spokes and a 17t cog
    gossamer road crankset with a 38t chain ring (for the commutes etc..)
    bontrager race lite seat post
    brooks b-17
    avid bb-5s (free)
    avid sd-7 levers
    fsa orbit mx headset
    fsa os-115 stem
    origin8 space bar
    kmz 8 speed chain i shortened
    wellgo mg-1 pedals
    panaracer col de vie tires for commute and pacenti neo motos for offroad.


    i cant wait!

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    I think I am going back to SS too, this time going to be 32x18.

    The good thing I still have my SS 16" folding bike, so this one still work as my cadence machine I just need to change the crank to 170.

    My bad experience in 2 days with gears is the chain often off especially when I hit a bump while this bike is for road purpose.

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    Why not just set up your bike with two chainrings (say a 34 and 40) and two cogs in the back and just run it as a single speed again? Something like 34x22 and 40x16? With 40x16 you should be able to commute well and with 34x22 you'd do fine on the trails.

    As long as there the same amount of teeth when the chainring and cog is added together, you're chain should theoretically be the same length. So chainring -1 cog +1

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    The problem is we hate derailler or maybe it's just me.

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    mr baker, i have not thought about that. i will give it a shot and see how it goes thanks.

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