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    Are single speeds better for petite riders

    or do a fair share of clydes do the one gear setup succesfully?

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    What does your body size have to do with riding a bike with only one gear?

    To answer the question in a different way - no, there are riders of all shapes and sizes riding single speeds.

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    How about for hilly racing ? Do the compact guys do better?

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    why would they? Sure, a smaller person weighs less, but larger people can generally put more power/torque down.

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    Well, for racing, you need to consider power, power-to-weight ratio, aerobic capacity, anaerobic threshold, how well you flush lactic acid, how well you tolerate pain, etc. I don't think you can make a blanket statement about smaller guys doing better in hillier races, regardless of how many gears they have.
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    ok, for offroad climbing sections are they better for the small stature guys and gals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bt
    ok, for offroad climbing sections are they better for the small stature guys and gals?

    Small stature guys and gals will have just as much of an advantage over you on a singlespeed as a multispeed. It's apples to oranges. There is no gearing setup that is universally going to accomodate only fatsos or only scrawny wimps. Get on whatever bike you want and ride it.

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    cool. someone once told me bigger guys would suffer more on them.

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    You will suffer more on a ss than a multispeed, but so will skinny guys.

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    well, so much for using that for an excuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bt
    well, so much for using that for an excuse.
    Great thread, my friend. I will remember this, I can use it too.

    I am 6'3" and just at 200, best I have been recently is 192 pounds.
    Friend of mine is 6"2" and 155 pounds, his power to weight is better than mine.

    I use the excuse that he is 10 years younger than me (and a genetic freak).
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    Single or blingle speeds are not just for petite rides!! I Think that clydes can do very good on single speeds. I'm 6'2" and 300 lbs I ride a custom Ti Eriksen 29er. Its a single speed and its all I want to ride. Riding a single speed makes you faster and also makes you get up climbs like you have never done before. It pushes some one their limits. Us Clydes have big strong legs it's time we use them! We are like Diesel Trucks heavy and slow at first, but once that turbo kits in LOOK OUT!

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    the most successful tdf guys have been pretty lanky. its easier to carry 130lbs up a hill than it is to carry 200lbs.

    you have to assume fitness levels are pretty equal. if both guys ride 100 miles a week every week, but one guy weighs 50lbs less, hes gonna have a pretty big advantage. if both guys are just starting out, they'll both suffer.

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    I look around the starting line at the races and I am surrounded by dudes who look like glorified wind chimes.

    I am 6' 1" 200lbs and cannot diet down much more. I go to the gym regularly and carry more muscle than my competitors....I find solace with my dismal finishes by knowing I look better in a t shirt.
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