You racing SS at Smithville? I think it will be a good course for a single speed.
I am going to try a little smaller gearing at the Wednesday night pre-ride. Smithville course has 183 feet of gain per lap. Course was a little wet and slow last night. After the pre-ride and some drying out it will be a nice fast flowing course.
Just curious as to if you'll be at Candlestick this weekend and what you'll run there. I'm planning on a 39:18 and am pretty strong on the road. New to cross. I ran a 42:18 at Laguna Seca and that was brutal. I could go 39:16 without spending any more $$.
building my first 'cross bike now and planning on running 39x18 for the mucky muck and 39x16 for fast dry courses
have the white industries eno dos 16/18 rear freewheel as well as a surly hub and open pro wheel with a 15t shimano freewheel.
that's a strong gear. I'm getting too old to push something that heavy so for most cross races I'll use a 40x20. At the 2008 Iron Cross I ran a 38x20. Whether you opt for better climbing gear or speed on flats, the Iron Cross will never let you finish & say "yeah, that was the setup"