May 15, 2013 at 6:50 am #1302946
@maiaLocale: Rocky Mountains
Companion forum thread to:May 15, 2013 at 7:53 am #1986305
@davecLocale: Crown of the Continent
Dude. You can't talk about singlespeeding without saying what gear ratio you runnin.
Time to upgrade to a ss-specific frame, or at least flip the spring and run that singulator in the push up position so you can shorten your chain.May 15, 2013 at 11:28 am #1986378
Could also convert to this bio hub for running ss with vertical dropouts: http://www.whiteind.com/rearhubs/singlespeedhubs.html
I'm racing the Tour Divide in June on my full rigid ss Niner carbon Air9 (32/17)… I should probably post my gear list to get it dialed in by this august body??May 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm #1986396
What Bivy Sack is that?May 15, 2013 at 12:47 pm #1986399
@davecLocale: Crown of the Continent
An Eno is an option, though I'd assume Ryan's frame has 130mm rear spacing, and the narrower chainline can be a problem with chainring clearance.May 15, 2013 at 1:39 pm #1986413
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
Thanks, Ryan.May 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm #1986421
I'm successfully running one on my 130mm track bike conversion (alum Cervelo frame, 53/17), though it did require running the big ring inside the spider.
But yeah, shrinking the chain would be more efficient *and* save some weight. :)May 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm #1986554
"My SUL raft is a vintage 1980s Curtis Designs Packraft (22 oz!)"
Oh, baby, I want one of those!
Bill S.May 15, 2013 at 8:22 pm #1986601
@tjaardLocale: Minnesota, USA
Can you put that bike on that raft to cross rivers etc?May 15, 2013 at 8:25 pm #1986603
If you are very careful.The end of a brake cable in the wrong place could be a problem. ……..sssssssss
(well, perhaps not That bike and That packraft…)May 16, 2013 at 4:42 am #1986685
@morte66Locale: Surrey flatlands, England
I see you like bivvies.
I think BPL needs a survey of LVBP — Lightweight Voluntary Bivy Packing. Bivvies for people who just plain like sleeping in bivvies. An article starting from the premise "I want to use a bivy as often as possible, what are the options?". There was a SOTM, but it's been a while now, and didn't have this approach to the question.
Then you can look at desert bivvies with ponchos for occasional rain, eVent bivvies, Cindarellas like the Unishelter, inflatable mats and winter bags in bivvies, the ins and outs of bugnet designs, the ins and outs of getting in and out (especially in the rain), the joys of cooking in a bivy…May 16, 2013 at 11:30 am #1986823
@pitsyLocale: Central Texas
What kind of spares do you bring for the bike? I'm worried that if you use a bike to cover a lot of mileage then suffer a breakdown, you might have a looong walk back. What do you consider a safe minimum for trailside bike repairs?
And, you can run a single-speed setup on a bike with vertical dropouts without a chain tensioner or eccentric-axle hub.May 17, 2013 at 8:04 am #1987027
@ryanLocale: Northern Rockies
@davec: 36/18. I like it for dirt roads, and allows me to commute reasonably. I have to walk up some hills with it, though, and the kids smoke me on the downhills of course. I'm looking for a SS frame. I'm not very smart when it comes to bikes, so it's hard for me to figure this out with online shopping.
@RonBabington: I've been looking at the Air9. I'd love to see your build. Can you post here?
@FrankH: MLD eVENT bivy.
@tjaard: Yes, but no reasonable way to tie it down so it's strictly limited to *really* calm lake/river crossings or there will be a huge yard sale.
@pitsy: I'll bring 2 tubes, patch kit, a few chain links, hex set, and pump, for the usual overnighter where I'm within a half-day's walk to a road/car.May 17, 2013 at 8:57 am #1987041
@boss, happy to. I'll post pics and a build list early next week in this space.May 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm #1987127
Fun article! I think cyclists are great ultralighters at heart, and we've got a "weight weenie" population that makes the BPL jokes about drilling toothbrushes all the more hilarious for those of us that have seen, or made, drilled-out chainrings, cogs and brake lever or paid obscene amounts to save a few grams (and get it in 3d purple).
I love the singlespeed conversion. Nicely done and it looks like you've fully realized what our multi-speed only compatriots can't see as anything but crazy: it's funnerer on an SS!
Ryan, I suggest you check out the weight savings AND reliability you can get by converting your wheels to tubeless, most likely by using the "Stan's method". Essentially, you'll seal off the rims by replacing the rim strip with some packing tape, ditch most of the inner tube and replace it with some fiber-laden, latex "bullet proof tire" sauce right out of Nixon's limo. You will save a few grams by eliminating the tube, net after adding the "sauce", you'll save even more because you will only need one spare tube as a conservative backup.
In fact, you'll get way less flats and, after you learn your limits on low tire pressure (ie how far is too far), you'll have an extremely reliable system that shaves weight and works better.
I haven't gone over the fully-rigid cliff yet (ie returned to fully rigid) and I can't quite stomach the idea of adding pack weight and racks to my beloved 69'er SS (100mm of Maverick American up front). Articles like this, and the stuff in Scouting about "bikepacking" do have me thinking about putting some cargo capacity on the an old boinger bike though.May 17, 2013 at 3:39 pm #1987145
@djohnsonLocale: Washington State
I absolutely loved this article. Thank you Ryan!May 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm #1987150
I'm not sure if I should thank you or curse you. I've found my frame ($50 chromoly w/ track fork ends) and now shopping for parts to build my SS.May 17, 2013 at 4:14 pm #1987154
@brooklynkayakLocale: South West US
I remeber seeing a picture of museum display of a traditional kayaking rig that used paddles similar to ping-pong paddles.
I had always considered the possiblity of carbon fiber UL ping-pong style paddles for packrafting or any UL paddling.
Anyone who has ever paddled with ping-pong paddles would probably agree.
It takes some practice, but can be quite effective on rivers.
Make sure you attach lines so you don't get seperated from them.May 17, 2013 at 4:52 pm #1987170
Ryan, could you tell us more about the paddles? Basic idea sounds like a good one and not too difficult to imagine a number of ways of doing it, but would be good to know what things you've tried, what worked, and what didn't work (if anything).
BillMay 17, 2013 at 5:08 pm #1987172
@mwgillenwaterLocale: Seattle area
Anyone have experience with these?May 17, 2013 at 5:20 pm #1987175
@brooklynkayakLocale: South West US
Re: Anyone have experience with these?
I had considered this concept, but there is a problem with the strain on the joint that makes it unusable for sprinting. And let face it, there are times when you are going to have to haul ass.May 17, 2013 at 5:44 pm #1987180May 18, 2013 at 6:27 pm #1987408
"Anyone have experience with these?"
I bought some a year or so but haven't had them on the water yet. They are small – quite a bit smaller than you're likely envisioning and also quite soft/flexy. For covering distance on flatwater or river use that requires control they'd be unsuitable. They're a neat niche item though.May 19, 2013 at 8:05 pm #1987716
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