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    Vermont 50!!!!

    I can't wait for this years race!!!! I've raced the VT50 the last 3 years and have always run a 32x20. The last 2 years I've come in at 6:01. This year I'm hoping to break the 6 hour mark. As per usual, I'm agonizing over gearing choice.

    What was your gearing and time previous years? Will you use the same gear this year? Will we get rained on yet again this year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebeat007 View Post
    I can't wait for this years race!!!! I've raced the VT50 the last 3 years and have always run a 32x20. The last 2 years I've come in at 6:01. This year I'm hoping to break the 6 hour mark. As per usual, I'm agonizing over gearing choice.

    What was your gearing and time previous years? Will you use the same gear this year? Will we get rained on yet again this year?
    5 hours flat on a 26er rigid 36x18. was happy with the 52" gear.

    would run 32-18 on my 29 fer sure. well that's what I run anyway. no reason to change. raced jay challenge which had way more climbing than vt 50 and ran 32-18 on my 29er. was definitely faster that the guys running 32-20 and lower.

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    I've finished around 5 hours using 32:18 on a 29er. Fun race.

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    Really wish I could do this race. As for the gearing question....

    Have you improved much since last year? If yes, and you weren't dead with the 32x20 gearing last year, go a tooth or two harder on the gear. If yes and you were dead at the end last year, stick with the same gear and just push harder on the climbs. If not, stick with the same gear and see if you can improve your time by just riding smarter. Pace better, maintain speed better, carry more speed through the corners, and attack the downhills. It shouldn't be too hard to drop 5-10 minutes off your time by just doing those things better. You didn't say how much you wanted to beat the 6hr mark by though.

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    Walking is for walkers!

    Will be there on a 33-20, but I hate to hike.
    Going for sub 6 hours as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trailice View Post
    Will be there on a 33-20, but I hate to hike.
    Going for sub 6 hours as well.
    walking? try running. walking is for the 6 hour club

    good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by newmarketrog View Post
    walking? try running. walking is for the 6 hour club

    good luck!

    rog
    Thanks Rog,
    I am going with the 33-20 because i dislike walking/running the bike so much.
    Is there anything really steep?
    Should I go with the 33-18?
    I have not "raced" a bike in 25 years, but I once was a professional rider.
    I ride downhill some and have good singletrack skills as well.
    If there is a lot of flat with nothing too steep should I use the 18?
    Or just "spin to win" with the 20 tooth?
    Oh yeah it is a steel 29" btw
    Any recommendations would be appreciated
    Thanks
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    i'm done recommending gears. go 1x8 and forget thinking bout gear ratios. I was the 1st place one speeder at jay challenge in 05' and probably ran 10+ or more miles off the bike outta the 60+ miles. the guys running light gears rode way more of it but what they grunted up, running was still faster. i'm a whatever is faster point a-b for my fitness level. bigger gears for the flats and down and running up the steepest climbs for recovery and using other muscles is the singlespeed way for me. to each their own.

    have fun!

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    Thanks for all the responses!!! I live on Long Island so our largest climbs are like 50 feet long...there is no way I could push a 32x18 there. I ended up trying a 32x21 and came in at 5:17. Considering I have no fitness this year, I'm extremely happy with that. What a great weekend!!!
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    nice effort! you don't need hills to be a good climber. headwinds are way harder imo

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