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'ello

Not really sure if this should be posted in SS or Utah, so I guess I'll put it in both.

Anyway, my question is for singlespeeders in and around Salt Lake City(if there are any). I'm building up a SS and will be coming out to SLC for school soon. What gearing do you use? The mountains are rediculously big and steep so I'm thinking something fairly low. No higher than a 20t cog in the rear?

Also, this will be my only bike while there, so I'd like to be able to ride most everything with it.

Thanks.
 

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SS in SLC

I converted an old hardtail about a year ago and settled on a 32 x 19 gear. The main reason was that this combo fit without the need for a tensioner. I think it is a reasonable gear for most Wasatch single track, except the climb from the bottom to the top of Snowbird. But then again I'm an "old" guy.

SLC is great! it might be a bit of a culture shock at first, but the skiing, biking and scenery MORE than make up it.

Watch out, you may wind up a Utahn!
Good Luck!
 

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I was running 36:18 on my rigid ss, but I just changed to 32:18 cuz I am a bit out of shape. I rode the ss on all the trails I used to ride geared and I could ride most all the hills, just had to stand and push it hard!;) But that is the joy of ss! Welcome to Utah, this state is the bomb!
 

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cheers for the replies so far:)

well, you guys sound like you're doing just fine with 18t.

perhaps I'll start off with a 19 or 20t cause I know the altitude is going to kill me when I first get there.

Looking forward to arriving!:D
 

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Most everyone I know runs 32 x 18 or 32 x 17 on a 26" wheeled bike or the 32 x 20 or 32 x 19 on a 29er. Give yourself time to get used to the altitude if you're not already. It took me a little while and I came from sea level.

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32 18 worked great for me. If your starting of SS then 32 19 or 20 is more forgiving on the climbs.
 
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