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    Singlespeed Mountain Biking

    Got one of these (steel frame, 32X18 gearing) on Friday, rode it Saturday and Sunday and am now a total convert. Great fun, lung bursting/leg shredding workout and hardly any cleaning/maintenance to worry about! Amazed at what I could get up on it and only really spun out on road sections. Have packed geared mountain bike away for winter happy in the knowledge that the grit stone mud won't be eating its components and costing me a fortune to replace.... save money, get fit, have fun, go singlespeed!

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    Re: Singlespeed Mountain Bikin

    Did you build it up yourself or buy complete? Often mused on singlespeed but Mr Shimano does make such lovely shiny kit. What do you do on the downhills when you would normally use gear resistance for balance and control, esp on corners? So many questions.

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    Re: Singlespeed Mountain Bikin

    SS mountain biking is great, if you go fixed watch your knees!

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    32 x 18? Puff!
    Get 32 x 16 like a proper singlespeeder.

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    'Like a proper singlespeeder', hints of an organisation hiding out there somewhere - is there a dedicated site to save me making a fool of myself here?

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    Re: Singlespeed Mountain Bikin

    Quote Originally Posted by skennaugh View Post
    if you go fixed watch your knees!
    Bollocks. Old wive's tale.

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    Re: Singlespeed Mountain Bikin

    Save some cash and just rip the gears off and shorten the chain!

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    Re: Singlespeed Mountain Bikin

    Quote Originally Posted by Lola View Post
    Did you build it up yourself or buy complete? Often mused on singlespeed but Mr Shimano does make such lovely shiny kit. What do you do on the downhills when you would normally use gear resistance for balance and control, esp on corners? So many questions.
    Bought Sanderson steel frame and then sat down for a happy few hours in my local bike shop speccing it out and got them to build it as I'm mechanically inept! My theory is by riding it over the winter I'll save or the nice shiny kit on my real bike. Downhills seemed fine apart from hitting snowdrift.

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    Re: Singlespeed Mountain Bikin

    Quote Originally Posted by fishbulb View Post
    32 x 18? Puff!
    Get 32 x 16 like a proper singlespeeder.
    I know shameful but, having taken a poll of other riders in area (Hayfield/Chinley), 32X18 seemed to be the consensus of opinion and it seemed ok to me. Also, did Trans-Wales this year and both of the SS guys there were on 32X18.

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    Re: Singlespeed Mountain Bikin

    Quote Originally Posted by skennaugh View Post
    SS mountain biking is great, if you go fixed watch your knees!
    Ride fixed on the road (suppose my 48X18 gear is poofy FishBulb!?) and no problems there but surely fixed off-road is simply insanity and you're knees would be the least of your worries!

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