Glenn Charles


Photographer/Videographer specializing in Life Style, Travel, and Aerial Imagery.  FAA 107 Certified for sUAS flight operations throughout the US.  Fully insured.  Videography work is limited to Aerial productions.

Based in Maine (May-December) and SWFL (Jan - April). Available for travel year round.

Fixed Gear, 1x9, What to do?

As I prepare for my upcoming trip I am torn with the idea of running the route with a 1x9 setup.  Since I plan on going ultra-light, I don't know that I need the big gears, so a 32T 11x34 would give me a fighting chance (84.4 high, 27 low) on the low end.  Not quite the same as a 24T x 34 (63 High, 20 Low) granny setup, but pretty close.  Then, since I am prone to thinking of things way to much, I thought, wow, could you do the trip with a single speed? I am guessing the answer is yes, but it would be painful going through those mountain passes out west on a on a SS.  I have been doing a bit research to see if it has been done before, but the jury is still out.  I did find a guy that did the Great Divide MBR on a fixie and I think he made it.  Wow, that must have been epic.

Still, 7,000 miles around North America on a SS, now that would be so very Wabi Sabi!

Chime in, your thoughts and opinions are welcome!