Hi, guys, I am new here although almost every time I enter some bike part search into google it refers me to a thread in this forum. So this is my first post but not my first visit.
I was wondering what some of you 50+ people think about singlespeeds. I converted a regular bike to SS last summer and didn't encounter a hill I couldn't ride up, although I know there are some around here. That particualr bike didn't last long - it was too small and I couldn't get the parts to make it fit economically. Eventually I bought an old GT Pantera frame with horizontal dropouts to make a SS out of but when I got it home I built it up as a geared bike with spare parts I have lying around so I could ride it while I was getting the single speed stuff together. It's GREAT. It's a little taller than a mountain bike would be and it makes a great bike for greenways when you have to ride on gravel. It's comfortable enough to take on long distance road rides when I feel like risking my life with North Carolina drivers, too.
Now I am really in a quandry. DO I want to keep this bike as a geared bike or continue with my SS plans? Most of my riding will be commuting, light touring, and knocking around town.
I am particularly interested in what you heart patients think about singlespeeds. Since I am a heart patient, my wife didn't think I should do the single speed thing, but like I told her: "Look, dear, climbing is hard no matter what gear I am in. If it gets that tough I'll walk."
What say you?