I have been an avid mountain bike rider for over a decade now, pretty much ever since I have moved to a beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. Over the last couple of years I have changed my full suspension mountain bike with gears and small 26 inch wheels to a hard tail 29 inch single speed bike. I have willingly sacrificed the comfort of a mountain bike ride in exchange for a speed and aggressiveness of a Titanium 29er single speed bike. I simply adore the simplicity of a single speed bicycle, no dureilers to brake, no shifting problems, and no worrying that you are in a wrong gear. It is simple, reliable – it is you, bike and the trails that you are trying to concur.
I have always wanted to check my limits and see if I can cover 50 miles distance in one gear. My goal was accomplished couple of weeks ago. Over 7000 ft of elevation in one gear 32 teeth in a front and 19 teeth on a back which equals to a 49% gear ratio. For a rider who is six feet and two inches tall and weights over 200 lbs that was not an easy task. Mental and physical preparation was essential for this ride. A large section of the ride was on a territory that has never been ridden by me and my riding partner, Robert, who has joined me on this long and painful journey. Robert had the same gear ratio as my bike.