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Is it a good idea to train towards single speeding on your geared bike by sticking to one chainring and one sprocket (that approximates the rear sprocket you plan to use on your upcoming SS) and just riding that with strict discipline? Would this cause any problems to your geared bike eg. to the rear derailleur?

Did anybody train towards their first ever SS by doing this?

Thanks for your feedback and advise.
 

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Yes that would be great for training.

The best is the same ratio because 1 teeth more/less is very different - the effect is huge.
 

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I did exactly that, and I believe many others here, to figure out what gear I would like to run. It's not going to cause any issues at all with your derailleur or any other part, just a bit of wear. Why do you think it might cause problems? And even if it would, who cares, you won't use that bike ever again anyway.
 

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Just convert your current bike into a SS. It's more efficient, fairly cheap to do, and it will make you a freaking badass. Buy a surly singleator for 30 bucks, fall in love with it, then buy a surly bike.
 

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That's the way I did it. Last season I just got in the habit of standing and turning a harder gear just to get used to the idea. Then I noticed that when a bunch of us were climbing I'd start to pass the spinners. When the snow came I joined a gym and worked out regularly, still am. Last week it was just below 32F so I took my first ride on my uncompleted SS up a 1 1/2 mile steep road and it felt easy, just nice and steady turning of the pedals. I'm running 36x18 but I know I'II be changing that when the trails open up. Loving the idea and looking forward to spring. Good luck.

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Straw
 
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