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What about 2 gears???? I have a 20T on the back now and it works but if I only had a 16-18T to switch to for nose realll steep climbs I'd think I'd be in heaven'......

Is the such a thing as a 2 speed shifter and drraileer?
 

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Part of the SS experience is the decision whether to suffer on the climbs for more speed on the flats; or whether to gear for the climbs. learn to spin on the flats, learn to be patient, enjoying the scenery.
 

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nicolicious said:
What about 2 gears???? I have a 20T on the back now and it works but if I only had a 16-18T to switch to for nose realll steep climbs I'd think I'd be in heaven'......

Is the such a thing as a 2 speed shifter and drraileer?
Hammershmidt, but I am not sure you would want to run it in overdrive mode most of the time. There is apparently some drag in the drive.
 

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First of all, rethink your MATH.....
Beyond that, the guys here have pretty much covered it,
Riding a ratio you can just barely top the local climbs in will be the beginning of getting stronger, put in the work, commit yourself to see the whole SS thing through and have fun


one more thing to think about..... rather than wishing you had one lower gear to go to on climbs ( in your case , actually a 22T cog) consider smashing your piggy bank and getting the lightest wheels and tires you can afford.
loosing a pound or more of rotating weight will get you to the top of the hill at least as well as two more teeth
 

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scyule said:
First of all, rethink your MATH.....
Beyond that, the guys here have pretty much covered it,
Riding a ratio you can just barely top the local climbs in will be the beginning of getting stronger, put in the work, commit yourself to see the whole SS thing through and have fun

one more thing to think about..... rather than wishing you had one lower gear to go to on climbs ( in your case , actually a 22T cog) consider smashing your piggy bank and getting the lightest wheels and tires you can afford.
loosing a pound or more of rotating weight will get you to the top of the hill at least as well as two more teeth
Or better yet, do lose weight the economical way...lose 5-10 lbs. off of your butt and you'll never need that granny gear:) Dieting is way cheaper than carbon fiber...
 

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scyule said:
First of all, rethink your MATH.....
loosing a pound or more of rotating weight will get you to the top of the hill at least as well as two more teeth
I'm now riding a 21ish lb Niner but before that a 31ishlb Monocog.

ran a 32 x 20 on the Mono, run a 32 x 18 on the One9. I'm in the same shape but losing around 10lb on the bike means a can run harder gearing and still make it up the climbs.

:thumbsup: and also 32 x 16 would be waayy harder to pedal uphill than 32 x 20. :thumbsup:
 

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Dieting is way cheaper than carbon fiber...
Or just commit to riding the SS and you will lose weight and not have to diet. :yesnod:
 

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Thanks-

2 things--- before I never could get enough strength to get up the climb--- now I get up everything but don't have enough energy to go down - safely anyway...

I thought a 2nd gear would help. But it is only my second time riding- I'll give it time....

And how does a niner weigh 10 lbs than a monocog? From where? The frame?
 

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2 things--- before I never could get enough strength to get up the climb--- now I get up everything but don't have enough energy to go down - safely anyway...

I thought a 2nd gear would help. But it is only my second time riding- I'll give it time....

And how does a niner weigh 10 lbs than a monocog? From where? The frame?
It took me a little while to fully adjust to SS riding after having gears. Trick is to just accept that you cannot sprint downhill anymore and once ou have reached terminal velocity it is time to coast and rest the legs.

The Mono is 4130 steel, with heavier wheels and parts:

Steel frame and fork, WTB laserdisc wheels with Felt Hubs, tubes and Bonti ACX tires, generic post and stem, FSA Pig headset, Mary bars, BB7 brakes, generic seat, Crank Bros Candy SL pedals.

The One 9 is scandium with light wheels and parts.

Scandium frame and (soon to arrive) carbon fork, Stans 355 on King Hubs, tubeless with Racing Ralph and Stans Crow, Thomson post and stem, King headset, Truvativ Noir bar, Juicy Ultimate brakes, Specialized 143 seat, Candy 2Ti pedals.

BUT: One bike cost under $800 to build and one cost a lot more than that !!

Both are fun in different ways and both still get ridden.
 

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It took me a little while to fully adjust to SS riding after having gears. Trick is to just accept that you cannot sprint downhill anymore and once ou have reached terminal velocity it is time to coast and rest the legs.

The Mono is 4130 steel, with heavier wheels and parts:

Steel frame and fork, WTB laserdisc wheels with Felt Hubs, tubes and Bonti ACX tires, generic post and stem, FSA Pig headset, Mary bars, BB7 brakes, generic seat, Crank Bros Candy SL pedals.

The One 9 is scandium with light wheels and parts.
Wow! and that came in @ 31lbs?
What size frame is that? Mine has the stock alex DH 19s, which are even heavier than the laser discs. And it comes in around 27lbs.But thats ok cuz they (at least mine) have been holding up pretty well.

As the saying goes: Light, Cheap, Strong, PICK TWO
 

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nicolicious said:
2 things--- before I never could get enough strength to get up the climb--- now I get up everything but don't have enough energy to go down - safely anyway...

I thought a 2nd gear would help. But it is only my second time riding- I'll give it time....

And how does a niner weigh 10 lbs than a monocog? From where? The frame?
just buy a bike with gears. obviously single speeding is beyond your ability (as is deciding that you think you need a taller gear for the really steep climbs....FAIL) ..

mental strength is far more important than physical ability
 

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Please turn in your singlespeed immediately!

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Yup- eggnog And baileys.....

And a rack a ribs.... Love the holidays
Any fruitard that drinks Baileys and egg nog has no business riding a singlespeed.

Major FAIL !:skep:
 

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Just take each hill 1 at a time and stand up, lean forward, and man up.

It will hurt like hell the first couple of times but if you don't take to long between rides you will notice a huge difference very quickly.

If you are really out of shpe go find a spin class at your YMCA that will kick you azz and get you ready fast!
 

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Wow! and that came in @ 31lbs?
I should throw it back on the scales next time I swing by the shop...It's very possible I weighed it while the DH19's were on there, it was around 18 months ago when it hit the scales (Memory may have added a few lbs or scales may have been off).

As the saying goes: Light, Cheap, Strong, PICK TWO
Yep, that's the truth.
 

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driver bob, have you built up the one nine yet? I'd like to know how the ride is compared to the monocog. That is the bike I dream of building if I ever get a few bucks to throw around.
 
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