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Old 04-28-09, 07:04 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by pibach View Post
I have always been convinced gears do have a definite advantage. But I am not sure about that any more. I did some test over various distances comparing shifting to non shifting acceleration and I was fastest without shifting, surprisingly. You just need to adopt your riding style a bit with frequent 'stand-n-hammer' intervals. Therefore you need a stiff frame. This won't be for everyone, admitted, but it is suitable for many. Interestingly, single speed riders range also top in hill climbing and marathon competitions.
Everything on a bicycle is negligible compared to the engine. So if you can trick or force your engine into working harder, you'll be faster.

Originally Posted by stevegor View Post
I did have one of my 20" (406) wheel bikes as a singlespeed for a while, something like 58/14 with Conti HP slicks....could spin comfortably at 30 kmph and chase down other riders at 40 ks. Took it for a 100km ride one day with some nice hills, it was great fun, BUT, give me gears and more gears for Hammerfests and real climbs.
But were you faster or slower? He didn't say singlespeeds make you happier.

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Old 04-28-09, 08:13 AM   #27
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But were you faster or slower? He didn't say singlespeeds make you happier.
On the flat it was easier to maintain the same speed on my full sized geared roadie than on the SS, on hills the SS was slower.....maybe had I persisted with it, my technique would have improved?

I did realise that SS takes more effort, not physically so much, but, in the way you think cycling should accomplished. In other words, we are so used to using so many gears that when given the option of one gear our minds struggle with the concept. Even using an old SA 3spd hub seems wrong, but when you grow accustomed to it, it's quite adequate.

Singlespeeds make you smile because they are purely and simply the true essence of cycling, therefore they make you happy.
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