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In 1988 my good friend Bill Crossman from Snowflake Arizona finished 4th overall in the sport class.

Bill did the entire Arizona point series on a converted single speed with 38x19 gear. He used an old derrailleur as a chain tensioner. Rigid was the custom, no one had shocks yet.

Nobody was racing anything but gearies then, but Bill showed up on his one speed and wasted most of his class.

The race promoter, Roy Edwards was so impressed with Bills unprecidented feet, he was awarded a special Ironman award.

That's where I came into the picture. Bill was my best bud, he inspired me and others to ride single speed too.

Bill moved to the Durango Co area in 1992, he was missed at the races. He was also responsible for Trials in the early days of Az racing. Bill and I used to set up all the trials sections at all the Az point series races.

After Bill moved I started racing in the vet expert class on my single speed. I never had Bills success on my single speed but continued racing against the gearies.

I met Dave Jordan and Mike Kunneke in Show Low when I ran a bike shop there. I inspired Dave to race, he won the beginer 55 class in1993. Then he started riding single speed because I encouraged him too. Mike was into single speeds too and started racing on and off on a single speed.

All three of us were now racing single speed in Arizona races agaist gearies. We were all from a tiny mountain town. People all over started showing up on single speeds. Flagstaff had a nest of devout single speeders. Steve Garro was building his fame on his ss.
 

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Dave Jordan and Mike Kunneke got the first single speed class started in 1998 in ariz

lef-t said:
In 1988 my good friend Bill Crossman from Snowflake Arizona finished 4th overall in the sport class.

Bill did the entire Arizona point series on a converted single speed with 38x19 gear. He used an old derrailleur as a chain tensioner. Rigid was the custom, no one had shocks yet.

Nobody was racing anything but gearies then, but Bill showed up on his one speed and wasted most of his class.

The race promoter, Roy Edwards was so impressed with Bills unprecidented feet, he was awarded a special Ironman award.

That's where I came into the picture. Bill was my best bud, he inspired me and others to ride single speed too.

Bill moved to the Durango Co area in 1992, he was missed at the races. He was also responsible for Trials in the early days of Az racing. Bill and I used to set up all the trials sections at all the Az point series races.

After Bill moved I started racing in the vet expert class on my single speed. I never had Bills success on my single speed but continued racing against the gearies.

I met Dave Jordan and Mike Kunneke in Show Low when I ran a bike shop there. I inspired Dave to race, he won the beginer 55 class in1993. Then he started riding single speed because I encouraged him too. Mike was into single speeds too and started racing on and off on a single speed.

All three of us were now racing single speed in Arizona races agaist gearies. We were all from a tiny mountain town. People all over started showing up on single speeds. Flagstaff had a nest of devout single speeders. Steve Garro was building his fame on his ss.
Dave Jordan was very instramental in getting the MBAA to have a single speed class added to the series. I donated a Surly 1x1 frame and fork for a 1st place prize that year. From then on it was a total success.

Mike Kunneke loves to race and promote single speed. For an old dude he can really ride hard. Mike is the guy with the hairy face. Max Hammer is standing next to mike. Max is also a very early single speeder, he moved to Maryland.

When the history of who started what in Arizona is written, Bill Crossman should be mentioned as the father of single speed racing in Arizona.
 

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Dave's the big dude on the full boing titus with the white helmet

lef-t said:
Dave Jordan was very instramental in getting the MBAA to have a single speed class added to the series. I donated a Surly 1x1 frame and fork for a 1st place prize that year. From then on it was a total success.

Mike Kunneke loves to race and promote single speed. For an old dude he can really ride hard. Mike is the guy with the hairy face. Max Hammer is standing next to mike. Max is also a very early single speeder, he moved to Maryland.

When the history of who started what in Arizona is written, Bill Crossman should be mentioned as the father of single speed racing in Arizona.
Dave was racing at Los Burros when the above pic was taken, he rides a converted single speed cannodale
 
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