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    New question here. SS gearing for newbie on Mt. Tam (Xpost)

    I'm getting a Singlespeed and trying to decide on what gearing to do on it. I know that 32:16 is considered ideal but with all the climbing around Mt. Tam, china camp, etc. and that fact that I had knee surgery a year ago I'm thinking 32:18 or even 32:20 might be best to start with. Guess I could consider a smaller chainring too. I talked to one guy who rides 29:18 but says its tough going downhill.

    I ride up Eldridge, Shaver, and Bald Hill a lot because they are close to my house and good exercise.

    Any advice is appreciated.

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    Chainring Sizes

    I just started SSing last November. I ride Skeggs Point, Purisma and Rockville a lot (All places with good climbs). I use a 34t chainring and a 20t rear cog. I got into that setup mostly by accident. My first SS had a singulator for chain tensioning since my frame had verticle dropouts. I hated it. I found if I used the 34:20 setup I could run a straight chain setup without the singulator! Besides...I liked the gearing that way for climbing. Now I have a new frame with a eccentric BB but I still run the 34:20 setup.

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    I use 38:21

    and I got around china camp just fine. Then again, I wussed out on the paved climb to the Nike Site. I was flying up the singletrack climbs, I tell you what. I also didn't do the nasty fireroad climbs on the south side of CC. Those are hard enough for me with my gearie in granny gear.

    Then again, I'm kind of a newbie to the SS thing myself. I just heard that a gear a bit under 2:1 is a good place to start. Being the climbing wuss that I am, I went for a good step easier than 2:1.

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    ss tam gearing

    UOTE=Surfpriest]I'm getting a Singlespeed and trying to decide on what gearing to do on it. I know that 32:16 is considered ideal but with all the climbing around Mt. Tam, china camp, etc. and that fact that I had knee surgery a year ago I'm thinking 32:18 or even 32:20 might be best to start with. Guess I could consider a smaller chainring too. I talked to one guy who rides 29:18 but says its tough going downhill.

    I ride up Eldridge, Shaver, and Bald Hill a lot because they are close to my house and good exercise.

    Any advice is appreciated.[/QUOTE]
    I ride Tam using 34-18 withoccasional walking- Pine Mountain steep pitches,etc. Eldridge, Tamarancho, etc are all ridable in this gear. I used to use a 36-20 which is a little easier. Have fun!

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