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A ride of extremes(7 posts)

A ride of extremesLone Gunman
Aug 4, 2002 10:59 AM
Took the SS Chromie out for a long spin today. Was feeling a need to punish myself for being a wimp and not entering the local race yesterday. I went and watched the finish and thought last year that I would enter this year.

So out I went chriss crossing back and forth across the OH/PA border to the small towns. Ended up doing 53 miles with the last 1/3 being alot of hills. Extremes: longest I have rode a SS before, met my match on a hill and had to push (wimper), on the other side of that hill hit 47.5mph coasting (WOOOOHOOOOO!!!) and took a 80degree turn at the bottom at 40mph like I was on rails. And it is stinking 94 degrees out there.

I have to laugh, I was thinking that I had not put a big enough chainring on the bike and was thinking of going with a 46T and adding a few links to the chain. That big hill changed my mind on that idea in a hurry, I had a choice. Do the big hill with suffering in one shot or do a bunch of small steep rollers with several bouts of suffering. I suppose I just need to be more judicious in choosing what route I will do; if it is flat and I want speed, try a 46T and see if I can turn it with any consistency. Which brings me to my question, is it feasable to add a few link to the chain with a second old style master link for a 46T ring(currently using a 43T), or should I go with a second full chain for the 46T speed set up?
Nice Ride, I think I would....rwbadley
Aug 4, 2002 7:09 PM
Go with a second full chain for the 46. That makes it easier to swap when you need to. Also, I might not trust a chain with too many 'splices' in it. Especially if it were a fixie. As single speed it might be ok. Chain and tire failure are at the top of my 'to avoid' list.

What rear cog are you running? In the hills around here I have been running 42-17 on the fixie, and have been tempted to run up to 42-16.

Nice Ride, I think I would....Lone Gunman
Aug 5, 2002 4:44 AM
17free/16fix with a 43T ring. I tried as hard as I could to get up that hill, could turn the cranks over about 15 strokes before I would explode and have to stop and regroup. I struggle on the hill on a geared bike so it did not surprise me. The idea to walk the hill came while I was standing there regrouping and I thought I would walk and recover rather than just stand there and gasp. And the damn thing increases abruptly at the top of the hill to add insult to injury.
re: A ride of extremesSteve_0
Aug 5, 2002 9:43 AM
you can add a few links with an extra master.... I've seen people w/out flipflops keep two rings on their bike, and add the links for a gear-change (can carry 3 extra links instead of a whole chain).

if youre gonna be swapping out the rings at home, id just keep another chain handy.
Now you got me thinkingLone Gunman
Aug 5, 2002 10:52 AM
I'm wondering how quickly I would adapt to a 46T ring and whether I can spin it for the area I live in. If I lived in the flat lands I could easily do it. Again maybe if I just picked the correct routes I could do it. May end up with track legs afterall.
You didn't "meet your match", you just used the SS granny ...Humma Hah
Aug 5, 2002 2:01 PM
... gear.

Singlespeeds have three "gears": sitting, standing, and getting off to push.

If properly conditioned, when you get off to push, you'll still be going as fast as the geared bikes, who'll be geared down to a walking pace.

Proper singlespeed attitude: if you find a hill you can't ride, keep going back to it every few weeks until you CAN ride it.

Don't blame gearing. You rides what you gots. It is always an imperfect choice. You'll condition yourself to make up for that with muscle, speed, and willpower.
I believe I speak for all of us here when I say....Ahimsa
Aug 5, 2002 2:13 PM


I feel better now.