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What gear for mid-atlantic SS cross???(5 posts)

What gear for mid-atlantic SS cross???JMD
Oct 27, 2001 1:13 PM
I converted my single speed/ fixed gear to cross for the season - just looking to have fun and hopefully make some people look twice as I pass. Any gear suggestions? I used to run a 2:1 on my SS mtb of old, but that has to be much too low for cross. Any tips?
Yes - I've read Sheldon Brown's art - I just want to know what you other SS folk are using.
re: What gear for mid-atlantic SS cross???climbo
Oct 27, 2001 1:41 PM
last year I run a 38x17 for most races in NJ/PA. I switched to gears this year and haven't seen too many singles out there but it is a blast. Some races you might want to go a little closer to 2:1 if they are muddy and/or very hilly. It really depends on the course and the conditions. What races are you planing on doing? Next week at Highland Park it's pretty flat and fast.
What crank length?JMD
Oct 28, 2001 12:16 PM
Me again - are you guys using te crank length on your road bikes or a few mm longer (like you'd spec on the mtb). With only one gear on the cross, you obviously need torque up the hills, but need to spin like mad on the flats. Where is the ideal?
What crank length?climbo
Oct 29, 2001 5:28 AM
I used 175's, same as my MTB and road bike. Easy enough to spin those.
re: What gear for mid-atlantic SS cross???muncher
Oct 29, 2001 6:02 AM

might give you a few ideas.

My SS is a CX - I run a 42:16, which seems fine on fairly flat ground - I've not raced it though. In mud/on hillier courses, I'd prob rather go to an 18, or perhaps even a bit lower.