Touring - single speed touring
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09-30-06, 01:16 AM
does anyone tour with a single speed bike?
A German guy is/was riding around the world with a fixed gear... towing a trailer!
The world is full of bad ideas. That is one of them.
Thomas Stephens cycled around the world on a Penny Farthing, back in the 19th century. That's a lot worse than fixed gear alone. And there is a guy out thre trying it again today:
But I like this trip for something a little more fixie:
10-01-06, 11:49 AM
One of the guys I ride with, SyntaxPC on the forums, tours fixed. I ride my Fuji Touring, and he has no trouble keeping up with me. If anything, I have to work to keep up with him; he smoked me, while fully loaded, on several hills in Southeastern PA. Like anything though, it probably depends on what kind of shape you are in.
We've never done a cross country tour though, we do 1-2 day trips.
Another thought... go to bicycling.com's Long Distance Forum and contact Coluberbiker (Emily). She recently finished Boston-Montreal-Boston on a fixed, and thinks nothing of going on camping tours with her boyfriend (also on a fixed). She lives in Boston. Post a request on that LD forum...
A flip-flop or dual front chainring would offer at least a chance of adjustment if needed. You could have a granny-ish low front chainring and no FD and still keep some of single-speed quality.
I think touring on any non-multispeed bike would be unnecessarily restricting. Seems to make the effort more about the bike than it should be, IMHO. Like others said, conditioning will matter a lot.
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