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want to race but...jbw
Jun 15, 2002 9:38 PM
... i have zero dollars for a cross bike. i live in sf. is it absurd to try and race a singlespeed hardtail? i also have a full sus cross country bike, but i feel like there are a ton of moving parts and i would get creamed getting on and off... plus its heavy. i have only seen one cyclocross race so i don't know if i'm out of my mind. any thoughts on gear ratio if i raced my single? hey- at least its light!
single speed cyclecrossbuffalosorrow
Jun 16, 2002 4:31 AM
I built one, my levers should finally be here by the end of the week to complete the package. I have seen some photo's of a Kelly SS Cross, the ower was racing. The conclusion seemed that one will have endless amount of fun. Definatly when you win one race simply because all others get gunked up with mud, their chains fall off and you single speed by them with class.
Typlically the ratio is the same as SS MTB 2:1 (36:18, 32:16) Although I ride a fix/ free hub at 36:14 for commuting, and trails.
Once you build a single speed, you will understand why it is a cult.
Hopefull I will be able to post a completed image of my SS cross next week.
single speed cyclecrossjbw
Jun 16, 2002 5:32 PM
sounds awesome.... i actually ride a SS mtn bike. do you think i could get away with racing a single speed mountain bike? or does it need to be a cross bike. btw, i riden a kelly singlespeed cross bike and it was great.
Go for it!triangleforge
Jun 17, 2002 5:44 AM
Of all the bike racing disciplines, cyclocross is the most wide open when it comes to equipment. Yeah, you'd probably be faster on most courses with a full-zoot, STI'd, dedicated cyclocross bike with tubular tires. So what? If cyclocross is your kind of fun, I bet you'll have such an entertaining time on your SS MTB that you'll start putting aside a dollar or two for that Empella...

Cheers!
single speed cyclecrossbuffalosorrow
Jun 17, 2002 4:11 PM
Is your SS Mtb rigid or FS? If you wanted to try out some SS/ cross racing, grab a rigid fork, toss the bar ends and perhaps run some narrow tires.
You would have a great deal of fun with out laying out the cash for a new bike.
re: want to race but...seamus
Jun 16, 2002 9:38 PM
I race in your neck of the woods, and I've had my ass handed to me a few times by guys on ridid singlespeed cross and mtb's. It really depends on the course, some of 'em really favor real deal geared 700c cross bikes, others, anything goes. You'll do fine.