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Today I went for a ride on a couple of trails that can be connected by road sections on the south west of the island. I don't go there often because is a long drive, a long tyring ride and a long drive back.

Since I went to full time singlespeeder I haven't ridden there and have been wondering how hard it would by on the SS.

Today we went but one of my friends asked me to take the geared instead and I agreed. I haven't ridden my VT for a long time and the trail has very nice sections suited for a full boinger.





After arriving and storing the bike I realized that I didn't missed the SS during the whole ride and can't wait to go there again.

Has this happened to you? If so how did you handled the need for gears?
 

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Oh no..

Hey Devil...you go and stand in the corner..right now Mr. ... you have been a baaad baaad boy.. riding that geared FS.

You get yourself riiiight back on the SS immediately sir, or else !

:)

R.
 

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I tend to ride my Full suspensioned geared bike more in the winter, especially on Night Rides with large groups of people. I recently went out for a shake down ride on it. It felt weird, almost like it had a flat or something in the rear. It is not something I want to get used to.
 
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I have never felt this every time I ride a bike with suspension or gears I can't wait to get back to my singlespeed, but I say if it renews an interest in cycling or a different cycling spot don't fight it just use it as an excuse to ride more and in different areas all biking is good.
 

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Rainman said:
Hey Devil...you go and stand in the corner..right now Mr. ... you have been a baaad baaad boy.. riding that geared FS.

You get yourself riiiight back on the SS immediately sir, or else !

:)

R.
I know that I missbehaved and I'm really sorry but can't promise that will not happen again ;)

The SS is jealous, I'll have to ride it real soon to restore balance on my bike universe.
 

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I like having both bikes. Even though most of the time I prefer the SS, there are some trails that I am happy to have the full suspension/gears on.

Just being honest. :)
 

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I tend to ride my gearies like they are singlespeeds. Do not shift much. Use pretty big gears on the climbs. Much of the time using lower gears hurt just as much but I am going slower.

I will shift up for the descents or long flatish sections.

I rode my 2x9 at Gooseberry Mesa last year and I may have shifted 5 times in 4+ hours.
 

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I done it!

I just converted my SC chamelean to 1x9 last week. But I guess it was a trade since I also built up the SASS frame I have into a rigid SS. I have to admit, 1X9 is fun. No front der. problems, but a faster downhill gear. I still climb on it like it's a SS thought; I just can't adjust to sitting and spinning up hills
 

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SS and Geared

DiRt DeViL said:
Today I went for a ride on a couple of trails that can be connected by road sections on the south west of the island. I don't go there often because is a long drive, a long tyring ride and a long drive back.

Since I went to full time singlespeeder I haven't ridden there and have been wondering how hard it would by on the SS.

Today we went but one of my friends asked me to take the geared instead and I agreed. I haven't ridden my VT for a long time and the trail has very nice sections suited for a full boinger.





After arriving and storing the bike I realized that I didn't missed the SS during the whole ride and can't wait to go there again.

Has this happened to you? If so how did you handled the need for gears?
Ride them both and love them both. Different bikes for different trails. :) All of the trials I ride are classified as SS or Geared FS.

Feel no shame enlightened one ;)
 

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I just built up an el cheapo singlespeed with a converted Iguana frame. I have been riding it regularly and I love it. I also have a Kona Dawg Deelux and a Rocky mountain Blizzard (resisting the urge to convert, may want 29er).

Anyway, I rode the Kona yesterday for the first time after about 3 weeks on the singlespeed and the geared full suspension felt like a contraption to me.
 

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i haven't ridden an off road geared bike in years, but love my roadie w/gears as much as my ss mtb. i say, bikes is bikes, and a chub is good no matter how you get it.
 

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can't say that i have ever wanted to go back...but i will say this we love you here and because we love you we are willing to set you free. go back to your gears. go back to your FS. enjoy the ride. you will be back and we will be waiting.

if not in 3mnths you are to be returned for re-programming.
 

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nogearshere said:
can't say that i have ever wanted to go back...but i will say this we love you here and because we love you we are willing to set you free. go back to your gears. go back to your FS. enjoy the ride. you will be back and we will be waiting.

if not in 3mnths you are to be returned for re-programming.
My Unit is and will still be my main ride, no re-programming needed. Rides on trails like the one we rode yesterday are singlespeedable but having suspension and gears make it more fun.

I'm not at the fitness level to try that trail on the SS but have been wondering about it for a long time, maybe will go with my ss bud to give it a try later on.
 

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The only thing better than a geared and fully-suspended bike is a 29" wheeled, geared and fully-suspended bike!

Thanksgiving Day, Madre and I did the annual ride to the peak aboard the SS machines. 12 mile ascent involving no less than 5,000' of gain. Ouch.

Saturday we mapped a 40 mile route that involved the same ascent, but added along with some other gems, 5 miles of semi-downhill fireroad complete with stutter bumps, followed by 4 miles of semi-flat, uphill pavement back to the car. That fireroad was downirght dreamy on suspension and gears!
 

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I purposely switch between rigid SS and double sussie gears every time I ride. It's almost like getting on a new bike every time I ride.
 

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Dabble in gears again? Clutch the pearls! Who would do such a thing!

But in all seriousness, I really don't buy into the whole 'all singlespeed, all the time' notion. I love the variety of my rides and that's why I have bikes that are so different from one another. Same way I stock Sancerres along with Bordeauxs with Pinot Grigios with Syrahs. This is why my box holds coronas, churchills, and robustos.

How terribly dull otherwise.

But with reference to the link above, I've not taken my singlespeed off-road for about a week now. I've been riding my upgraded gearie hardtail and really loving it. And I think I'm going to keep riding it for the next couple of weeks or so. Then it goes back into the 'rotation' and it'll take its turn amongst the singlespeed hardtail, the gearie full-susser and others.
 

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DiRt DeViL said:
Today I went for a ride on a couple of trails that can be connected by road sections on the south west of the island. I don't go there often because is a long drive, a long tyring ride and a long drive back.

Since I went to full time singlespeeder I haven't ridden there and have been wondering how hard it would by on the SS.

Today we went but one of my friends asked me to take the geared instead and I agreed. I haven't ridden my VT for a long time and the trail has very nice sections suited for a full boinger.





After arriving and storing the bike I realized that I didn't missed the SS during the whole ride and can't wait to go there again.

Has this happened to you? If so how did you handled the need for gears?
There are other threads for geared conversations
 

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I have both. I just don't ride the geared bike much. There are times I wish I had some smaller gears or the FS, but everything I think about taking the gearie out, I remember all the of the shifting problems I have.

You would think a new bike would shift good, but after a month or so it did not want to shift right. It has XT on it so it is not some el cheepo shifters. I have had it looked at and the rear cable changed. I keep getting told that it is working just fine. I tend to dissagree when I get on the trail. I have some gears that it does not want to stay in or switch to. The problem is, those are the gears I usually want!!

I love my SS, but I do not like walking up the hills. :mad:
 
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