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    My new Salsa 3 speed adventure bike

    I like my single speed but sometimes like a lower or higher gear. I prefer simple friction shifters over indexed. I like good chainline and no frt derrailleur. I don't need 9 or 27 speeds and all the issues. Three on the back is perfect for me.

    The bike is fun to ride in any terrain, any distance. I don't expect to spend much time on maintenance. The cassette cost $5, two of the cogs were recycled from an old cassette. I didn't spend much money on stuff that just breaks.

    With a ebb and a der hanger I can turn this bike into a fixie/free down the road if I ever get tired of my trouble free three speed. In the real world of off roading I can turn it into a single speed if my derrailleur takes a dive.

    I've been using this system for a few years and I think it has nothing but benefits over any other system I've tried. Its cheap and trouble free, I use a 14-18-26 homemade, recycled cassette. Set the limit screws on the rear derrailleur and it never needs another adjustment.

    I never expect to put a squish fork on any bike I own. I like the 29er wheels. I have seen the light, I love the way this bike rides on rough trails.

    It weighs about 28-30 and might cost about $2100. I plan to ride it all over the punny Oregon Cascades. Big mountains are easy to pedal up with low gears. Disc brakes are good to have here.

    I built the whole thing, laced the wheels, picked all the parts myself. I'm very pleased with it. All the spokes were 288mm, kinda cool. Kinda simple.
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    That is sweetness! I like how you placed the bag on the seatstays. And it features a double rear fender...nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lef-t
    I like my single speed but sometimes...
    Lef-T, you are the real deal. No doubt about it.

    It looks very similar to a 9-speed to me, though.

    Please tell me about your front non-derailleur. I'm confused by that gizmo, whatever it is.

    --Sparty

    P.S. Haven't ridden with you in a long while, Brutha. When was your last Barbie Camp? Several (too many) years ago. Next BC = Apr. 6-8... you're invited. Rock on!

    P.P.S. The Cascades aren't puny, you just make them feel that way.
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    Very cool - but do you just use the middle ring up front or do you manually move the chain onto the small and big rings as well???

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    Very cool - but do you just use the middle ring up front or do you manually move the chain onto the small and big rings as well???
    I had the same thought. If not, I'd ditch the other two chainrings.

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    I shift manually, the reflector bracket keeps the chain on

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    Lef-T, you are the real deal. No doubt about it.

    It looks very similar to a 9-speed to me, though.

    Please tell me about your front non-derailleur. I'm confused by that gizmo, whatever it is.

    --Sparty

    P.S. Haven't ridden with you in a long while, Brutha. When was your last Barbie Camp? Several (too many) years ago. Next BC = Apr. 6-8... you're invited. Rock on!

    P.P.S. The Cascades aren't puny, you just make them feel that way.

    Nine speed is hard to shift with a friction shifter, too much hunt and miss. I get a nice range with three and it always stays in gear when I'm ready to stand on it.

    I've been riding with a slower older group, we like to ride and smell the roses. I've been paying attention to what the DOD is up to on the net. I still love riding the Oregon Mtns and Trails. Even though it's never stopped raining since I moved here.

    Thanks for the BC invite, you people know how to have fun.

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    pick a range and stay with it

    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    Very cool - but do you just use the middle ring up front or do you manually move the chain onto the small and big rings as well???
    I like to use the mid ring for the trails and the big ring for getting around. I don't want to be limited, I use the big ring a lot. I can shift it on the fly if I want to. A jump stop near the granny gear keeps the chain from falling on to the 22t ring if I kick it to far.

    I shift the frt and rear sparingly, kinda like riding a real single speed. The reflector bracket keeps the chain from falling off the outside. It stays put with this simple device.

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    Cog spacing?

    With the big jumps between the cogs what spacing works best for you? I have plenty of 8 spd. spacers lying around, would wider spacing shiift better, or does it matter?

    I've played with three cogs and a single chainring, never considered using 3 rings. I might try two, one for road and one for off road.

    Looking forward to more trip reports from you.

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    8 speed spacers are just fine

    Quote Originally Posted by rocky rode
    With the big jumps between the cogs what spacing works best for you? I have plenty of 8 spd. spacers lying around, would wider spacing shiift better, or does it matter?

    I've played with three cogs and a single chainring, never considered using 3 rings. I might try two, one for road and one for off road.

    Looking forward to more trip reports from you.
    I don't think it matters much, just use whatever spacers you have, I shifts very easy with the big jumps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky rode
    Looking forward to more trip reports from you.
    +1.
    it's gets kinda boring with people sleeping at home or in sleeping bags and such
    This is just need to know information: Am i supposed to enjoy the irony or pity the sincerity?

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    Nice 29er, lef-t, and nice simplified gearing setup. I'm going to be converting my FS 29er to 2x4 or 2x5 (possibly with the same no-derailer front setup as you) when I get around to it. My other bikes are already simplified, either SS, internally geared or 1x5.

    Ditto what Sparty said: you really need to bring that thing to Spring Barbie Camp!
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