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    SS at Brown County State Park??

    Hey all! This may be better in the regional forum, I don't know, so feel free to move it of necessary.

    I will be going with a group to BCSP in August and I'm simply wondering if it is suitable for a rigid SS? Some YouTube video are making me question if it is, so if you have experience with this, please chime in!

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    Great Single Speed Country

    Brown County, in my opinion, is perfect SS country. What gears are you running? I think I was running 32/18 or possibly 16 when I was riding out there with a rigid setup and 2.4in front tire. It's a bit rocky and rooty in areas, but if you can drop the pressure in the front a little, it's nothing you can't handle. I have since gone squishy up front, but really loved riding rigid in Indiana. I just moved out to the Winter Park area, otherwise I'd meetup for a ride. It is a bit hilly, but you can easily get some nice miles in on a SS out there. Have a blast!

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    Crazy memories of B-ton and surrounding parks. Old school, back in 92'-93' ish on a Diamond Back Response Comp. My first MTB ride ever was at Wapehani, my first race ever was there too. Must have done 15 laps around that 1 mile loop, lol. Always wanted to see a good trail near Gnaw Bone, just cause I loved the name.

    Whoops, sorry just reminiscing.

    That whole region of the country begs for rigid and I am sure SS too. Nice, flowy single track or fire roads with just a few roots and rocks to keep you honest.
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    Thanks for the replies guys. I currently run a 32/19 on a Rockhopper SL SS. Gearing would've been my next question. I can do everything that I've encountered up here in Ft. Wayne (or surrounding) on that gearing, but I know that it's different down there. Looking forward to the ride and a bit anxious at the same time.

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    You will be fine. I ridden Brown County including the 80 miler at the Breakdown on my single 29er. My first time there I rode rigid but my back does not like the rigid anymore. Your gearing is fine too. I've ridden 34, 20 there and had no issues.

    I'm registered for the 80 miler again this year for the Breakdown. You should go its a total blast.
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    SS is where "It's" at! I rode there in June with a 35/19 and had zero issues with anything. When I return, I will most likely run a 35/18 or a 34/17. The trails are very fast and flowing so it's easy to maintain speed, the climbs are not very steep also (I think Hesitation point is around 3% - 4% average grade).

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    As you've read by now...SS no problem in BC. Quite a few rigid/SS only riders out there. My gearing is 34/20 on the 29in, 34/17 on the 26in.

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    I'll chime in as well. First, you'll love BCSP, it is an amazing trail network.

    I single speed out there, but with a squishy fork. I have ridden it rigid, but I prefer to play and jump, so I like the forgiveness of the squish. I've done the breakdown on my SS as well. I ran 32-20 last year as I hadn't had enough time on the SS and did the 65 miler with my wife. I now would run 32-17 or 18.

    We should have a MTBR meetup at the Breakdown this year. It would be great to meet some fellow riders down this way.

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    Thanks for the info guys. Looking forward to the ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by onlyontwo View Post
    I'll chime in as well. First, you'll love BCSP, it is an amazing trail network.

    I single speed out there, but with a squishy fork. I have ridden it rigid, but I prefer to play and jump, so I like the forgiveness of the squish. I've done the breakdown on my SS as well. I ran 32-20 last year as I hadn't had enough time on the SS and did the 65 miler with my wife. I now would run 32-17 or 18.

    We should have a MTBR meetup at the Breakdown this year. It would be great to meet some fellow riders down this way.

    Cheers,
    Andy
    Hey Andy!
    When might you do this ride? If I'm visiting the parents in Champaign I'll come over and ride. Last time we rode together was a STR Sycamore newbie ride. Hope all is well, take care!

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    The only trail at BCSP that wouldn't be good for a SS rigid is Schooner Trace, which is very technical. (Then again, I can't do Schooner on my geared squishy bike, so maybe I'm not the best judge. )

    To help plan your trip: the "big" climbs (as big as Indiana gets, anyway) are on Aynes and Hesitation Point. Those two also have fun descents. Hesitation Point and the Walnut Trail have some great technical sections. Limekiln and Green Valley are super fun flow fests. Ride everything and you're looking at aprox. 3K feet of climbing (that's what I've been told, anyway), but that mostly comes in short bursts rather than long grunts (Aynes and Hesitation excepted).

    If you're from Ft. Wayne, you probably know about HMBA, but just in case, here is a link with lots more info about BCSP.

    Enjoy the park! I'll be at the Breakdown again this year, too. It's a blast.
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    I ride 34x18 rigid more than a couple of times per year.

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    Update:

    I dislike when people ask about something or get advise/input and then never return, so...

    5 of us rode 2 weekends ago, the Friday and Saturday before the Super D race. We rode about 28 miles on Friday and another 16 Saturday morning. We rode everything accept Schooner. I did great on everything, but struggled a little on the rock sections of Walnut. That's really the first time that I've encountered rocks like that, so I think that it was more mental than anything. Green Valley was probably the most fun, but I liked it all.

    For only starting this whole MTB thing at the end of April, I felt good about the ride. Prior to it, the longest that I'd been on the saddle was about 8 miles, so I was a little worried. The rigid set-up was fine, but I do feel like I had to brake more than I might have if I had a front shock. Of course, that could also just be due to not knowing the trail. Gearing (32x19) felt good, too.

    However, my main riding partner and I continue to have some build issues (mostly drive train) that we're trying to resolve. He is 6'4" 230 and I'm 6' 240, both of us very athletic and weight lifters, so we're still in search of the right components that are beefy enough that we quit breaking things.

    All in all, great trip and I can't wait to go back again. We may try Versailles next after a quick stop in Indy for business and a quick stop at 96th St.

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    Glad to hear you had a good time and really got to experience most of the trails out there. You'll love Versailles, and it'll be another great SS ride.

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    Brown County is on my list of places to ride soon..Glad to hear that SS would be do-able out there. Sounds like a great time.

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    We're hitting Brown County this weekend, with 8 riders from West Michigan. 3 full days of riding, and camping in the middle of it. If anyone has route suggestions, we'd love to hear!

    A couple of us are SS, and the rest are lazy gear shifters.

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