I could be jumping to conclusions here but after 7 consecutive cross races this season on my SS and just 2 races with gears (both yesterday) I’ve decided that single speeds are stupid. To be more specific, single speeds are stupid for cyclocross.
On the SS just when you get wound up to speed you lose it all in a tight corner, chicanes or an uphill. A constant battle of winding up to only be unwound again moments later. The thing is, I had no idea this is what was happening until I jumped on a geared bike.
It was a revelation. I didn’t feel like I was battling the bike, the bike felt great, I felt great. Traction was better not having to stand and mash on the pedals constantly. I could stay seated through the slow stuff keeping the rear tire digging. I had my 2nd best finish of the year, moving up a few spots from the last couple races.
In keeping my geared experiment as scientific as possible here are the results so far:
7th, 9th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 11th, 8th (italics for geared races)
I realize its only one race into my experiment but I’m sold. To all you SS’ers out there, join the hoi polloi and give it a go.