|Singlespeeding to freedom. 42x18 and 42x15 fixed on the other side. 700x33mm Rivendell Jack Browns. Rivendell Quickbeam bike.|
So I was having this thought while riding the Demi-dirt a couple of weeks ago. I started the ride quite stiff and feeling kind of painful at the start at 330 am. Soon enough my legs started to loosen up as I went up and down the hills. I spun out the gear and was churning at about 18 miles per hour. I had a little fear in thinking of tackling 200 miles in this way. I truly thought I would have a horrible day with my cocky, dumb decision. Who was I kidding? Who was I trying to impress? I guess I just wanted to see what would happen.
In just 3 hours we had made it to Sycamore and my legs were fresh. No pain, no nothing. At around mile 150 I got sick and tired of spinning my legs off. We had a slight tailwind and I just wanted to get home. So I flipped my wheel over to the fixed side which is 42x15. It felt great to have a higher gear and I instantly brought it up to 20mph.
I felt awesome riding this way. My feet were killing me with my old shoes and the Flite Max saddle that I was trying out was killing my behind. I should not experiment with a saddle on a 200 mile ride but I should did find out the Max is a no go.
This past Sunday I rode 105 miles on my Gunnar Geared Cross bike. This bike has a 34x45 in front with a 11x34 in rear. All day my legs felt heavy. All day I searched for the right gear with no avail. I spun out and I mashed the heavy gears. I arrived home tired and sore. I went straight to bed and fell asleep.
Why is this? Why did I end the 200 mile ride on the singlespeed fresh?? Does not thinking of shifting have something to do with it? Does having only one gear condition the legs to work with that gear alone??? Is it easier to ride a singlespeed in long distances???
These are the questions I have and am working on. IF you have any ideas let me know. Ben Shockey, Troy Krause, Jay Barre and others have finished Trans Iowa on singlespeeds.
I need to find out. Soon.