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South Downs in one gear - never again

Discussion in 'Fixed Gear and Single Speed' started by Leyton Rocks, 12 Jul 2007.

  1. Leyton Rocks

    Leyton Rocks New Member

    Location:
    Leyton
    On Sunday I cycled from Beckenham to Mereworth and back to watch the TDF on a spesh Langster.

    With the South Down between me and my spot to watch the race, I soon realised how much hillier it is south of London compared to my usual, flat as a pancake Leyton - West End ride to work

    Knees are knackered and I'll not be doing it again in a hurry

    Someone tell me this will have helped to strengthen my legs, but I fear I just did too much that is good for me :?:
     
  2. Mr Phoebus

    Mr Phoebus New Member

    Yes, it will have done you good, now put the 'white flag' away :?: ....that's reserved for the triple ring users. :?:
     
  3. Monty Dog

    Monty Dog New Member

    Location:
    Fleet
    Come and ride the Surrey Hills on fixed sometime.....cranking up Leith Hill to scream down the otherside at 180rpm and then try and get up Whitedown Lane.
     
  4. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    What gearing were you using?
    I recently did a ride on my freshly converted SS with 53/16 gearing. It was what I had at the time, I wasn't being macho. Anyway, climbing up onto the Haldon Hills (several miles @ 10%) was.....unpleasant.
    46x18 is much more sensible and goes up almost anything that I could get up with multiple gears.
     
  5. vorsprung

    vorsprung Über Member

    Location:
    Devon
    My single speed has a 80" 42x13 gear

    It got that way coz the gears broke in Cornwall

    I'm riding it for short distances around my home in Devon and it goes up all the hills except a bit of 25% in the village. I wouldn't like to ride it any distance however, that's what my bike with 20 gears is for :?:
     
  6. OP
    OP
    Leyton Rocks

    Leyton Rocks New Member

    Location:
    Leyton
    It's a Langster - 42 x 16... my knees are still recovering. Admittedly they were wrecked before I started

    I want to go back on my squadra and see if it is that much easier with gears at my disposal
     
  7. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    Respect! :eek: I have to say the steady climb of Pitch Hill on a singlespeed MTB is about my limit. I think my knees would explode if I rode Whitedown.