Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Road-Bike Single Speed Rules

It seems that I have not been here for a while...well I've been busy to say the least. Cyclocross season is here and for some diabolical reason I love thrashing what is essentially a road-type bike on the dirt in a steeple-chase kind of race. Of course it's all the better in the mud-yuk that fall weather provides...more on this later.

For now it seems that the darkness of my ever growing single-speed mindset has masterminded another success. My Gunnar road bike has morphed into a SS...

I used a cool CNC'd eccentric bottom bracket made by Forward Components (basically it converts an awful geared bike into a SS by allowing 15mm of chain tension adjustment). I've used one of these bottom brackets with great success on my Gunnar cyclocross bike for some time now.

Before this bike was a SS I sadly had put only 230-miles on it since the beginning of the year. A week after its conversion to the dark side of SS I had more than doubled that mileage simply because the bike is so much more fun now. Let's see I now have 2-geared bikes and 5-single speeds...hmmm