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    NEW to SS..This may have been answered b4

    so,so,so I am going to try SS, and I have a 34 on the front...and I want to ask this; for riding things like easy/medium c/c (e.g. for those in northern calfornia...tamaracho... this includes climbing in redwood, tamaranco, china camp, bronies and anything in the east bay hills....) So I Ask...what would be the rear gear optimum? I realise I could search for this answer, but I am psyched to try this (bored with gears)..thanks!!! please, this is really is a "newbie ask" .......cheers for advice

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    I run 34x18 on my monocog. It handles moderate climbs pretty well and still gives me enough speed in the flat to rolling singletrack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arandal
    so,so,so I am going to try SS, and I have a 34 on the front...and I want to ask this; for riding things like easy/medium c/c (e.g. for those in northern calfornia...tamaracho... this includes climbing in redwood, tamaranco, china camp, bronies and anything in the east bay hills....) So I Ask...what would be the rear gear optimum? I realise I could search for this answer, but I am psyched to try this (bored with gears)..thanks!!! please, this is really is a "newbie ask" .......cheers for advice
    I'd say start with a 20t in the rear. But if you like this SS thing in the long run you're going to own a range of rear cogs and maybe even front rings to setup the bike for different rides. I can run 2:1 on the stuff I ride on the weekdays but on the trails with bigger, longer climbs I would never make it. Plus as you get stronger you preferences will change. When in doubt, start out easy and work up. BMX cogs are cheap to experiment with.
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    thanks for the replies and info. I will start easy....really easy ...20t and see how it goes this weekend.

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