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    Jabber - dual use (mtb + commuter)

    Well, I love my jabberwocky as a single speed set up for the trails. But alas, with gas prices, it's time to set it up to use as a commuter as well. Does anyone out there use their singlespeed as a dual use for trails and commuting? I am wondering what is the best way to go and really what all the options are. If anyone has pics of thier set-ups that would be sweet.

    My initial thought is to get a second wheel-set and put a more commuter-friendly tire on those and then swapping them out when I go for a trail ride. I am thinking I will also run a smaller cog for a better road gear... but that may mean using two chain lengths as well. Any thoughts on this topic appreciated

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    I find I never have time to swap things around regularly. The ideal setup is two bikes, one for each use. Or just commute on your trail setup, unless you're in a hurry. Keeping the knobby tires or riding on the dirt shoulder helps negate the need to put a smaller cog on.

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    I'd keep an eye out for a used MonoCog 29er if you want a 29er commuter. You could get one used and buy some street tires for it and still not be too much more $$$ than a new wheelset, rotors, and street tires for your Jabber. You may even consider buying a MonoCog new. For a little more than the MonoCog, you can get the Redline D440 which is an 8speed and comes with rack mounts.

    I own a rigid Jabberwocky, a hardtail Bandersnatch, and my RLMC29er...
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    Get a second bike. To many changes to make and it will take away from your riding and enjoyment. I love my Jabberwocky but wouldn't want to commute on it. Also road ride and enjoy the efficiency of narrow tires. I use a SS Specialized Langster as my commuter which you can find in the $400 range used.
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    I have 2 bikes. One is a BMX and the other is my 1x1. The Surly is a multi-purpose beast. It handles some commuting and cruising about as well as trails. The tires and pedals are different now (Hutchinson Bulldog and Odyssey flats). I just use one gear for everything.
    A tire that can handle both is great too. The Hutch is fulling that niche nicely.



    The Schwalbe Smart Sam is a fast roller on the road as well as gripping great on the trails.


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    Hmmm... You guys are all really lazy, or you like an excuse for another bike . Half the fun for me is a little wrenching from time to time. But hey, thanks for all the thoughts / idears... though I decided to go with what I had originally said. I was already looking at a set of wheels on craigslist for a decent price. Grabbed some rotors, a 15t cog, and some more road friendly tires (smooth in the middle and some knobby on the edges in case I want to veer off on a trail ). I didn't really want to add a new bike to the stall. It takes about 7 minutes to swap over, which I think I can handle. I didn't end up having to have 2 different chain lengths, so that makes it a lot easier. Here is my new jabber- commuter / mtb singlespeed



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    My converted Rocky Blizzard does it all. I ain't got the room for multiple bikes; indeed the wife and I are discussing selling our road bikes once her SS Jamis Exile arrives. Mine's geared 34/19, which is about right for the hills around here, street or dirt. Using a Pletscher rack (don't laugh) and Armadillo Crossroads tires, which are good on street, reasonable (but not optimal) on dirt. It can be done with one bike. Do I care about spinning out on the flats or downhills? I do not...I'm having too much fun. Besides, you don't want the ride to end too soon, do you?

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