South Downs in one gear - never again

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 :?:
 

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. :?:
 

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.
 
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.
 

vorsprung

Veteran
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 :?:
 
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Leyton Rocks

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Location
Leyton
Chuffy said:
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.
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
 

barq

Senior Member
Location
Birmingham, UK
Monty Dog said:
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.
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.
 
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