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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 02-09-03, 08:41 PM   #1
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Why single speed?

I've been considering making my Kona blast a SS. Would it work for freestyle? And why do you prefer SS over a multi speed bike? or do you?
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Old 02-10-03, 10:55 AM   #2
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I'm building up a new bike as a single speed even thought it has vertical dropouts. My reasons are to save money, save weight, and have a stronger rear wheel. Also, it's relatively flat around here so I don't see the need for all those gears.
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Old 02-10-03, 07:56 PM   #3
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would it be good for DH, just put some really low gears on there?
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I've been considering making my Kona blast a SS. Would it work for freestyle? And why do you prefer SS over a multi speed bike? or do you?
If you mean freestyle as in freestyle BMX, sure it will work.

There reasons riders prefer their SS over their multi-geared bike (if they have one) are many and personal. For me it started with simplicity and maintenance - I'd rather ride my bike than work on my bike. With as many miles as I was logging and the conditions I was riding in it was more hassle than I wanted. And I'm not even a maintenance fanatic. The single speed reminded me of my BMX roots. You can build a light bike without even trying or spending much. It frees your mind so you can concentrate on the ride. I could go on and on, but you just need to try it. It's not for everyone, but many try it and are hooked.
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Old 02-11-03, 08:29 AM   #5
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If you build up a single speed specific rear wheel, it will be stronger so that would be an advantage for a DH hardtail. If you have a front shock, that will make climbing harder unless it has a lockout. If you want it for DH only, I guess that's not a concern and you would definitely want lower gears.
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Old 02-19-03, 04:58 PM   #6
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one speed is all you need
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Old 02-20-03, 09:06 AM   #7
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Why SS?????????? Why is the sky blue?? It's explainable, but takes way to much work.
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Old 02-21-03, 07:29 PM   #8
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just lookin for a simple answer like, its lighter, easier to maintain... stuff like that.
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Maint. is next to none. They are pretty light..depending on the frame and whether or not you have a sus. fork.
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SS is funner to ride, but then having only one gear puts you at a disadvantage during group rides with geared folks.
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Old 03-30-03, 01:19 PM   #11
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SS is funner to ride, but then having only one gear puts you at a disadvantage during group rides with geared folks.
Yeah... it's hard work having to ride slow so they can keep up with you

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Old 04-01-03, 12:13 PM   #12
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I ride a single speed because it is fun. I only have one bicycle, a 20 year old trek 720 road bike. About 4 years ago I was forced to stay in one gear because of worn cogs on the rear and a bent rear derailleur. When I would go into bicyle shops looking for a derailleur (friction shifting) and a 6 speed maillard heliomatic freewheel I felt like a dinasaur. They explained to me the need for more gears and something called index shifting plus the parting of some well earned cash. All the while I was enjoying riding my bicycle as much as I ever had. So a couple of years ago I converted the multi speed bicycle to a single speed and havent regretted it one time.
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I would think about it...but too many nasty hills around here volcanic activity lol

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Last weekend at the Sea Otter Classic I saw a dual slalom competitor running a SS cog with a derailleur. :confused: Maybe he was in the middle of switching it out but ran out of time?
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a derailler can act as a chain tensioner if you have vertical dropouts
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I've converted two dept. store bicycles to single speeds,the heavy one I use 2nd. gear and the aluminum bicycle you got to go with 3rd gear cause it is far lighter bicycle...This is all I will ever need in my life...no headaches low enough fo hills also.Do any of you think I'm nuts?
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I've got a neglected 1981 Murray SS coaster brake, and I ride up a dirt road 180' in elevation at least once daily. I still prefer it over my Diamondback 21 speed mountain bike. My maintenence schedule is before I ride, fill up the tires, hose every moving part down with PB Blaster. I never worry about mechanical failure, and I can run circles around the dept. store 21s mtns. that I ride with. I'm getting my speedo soon so I'll be able to give you some numbers, but I'm guessing I can cruise at about 15-20mph with 1-2 cases of beer strapped to me. And remember West Virginia is the mountain state; the only flat ground we have comes in 100yd long, well trimmed grassy sections.

But bottom line: try it. My friends think I'm crazy, and they might be right, but I can't go back.
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Yeah... it's hard work having to ride slow so they can keep up with you

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Okay Andy, you just won today's lunacy prize!

Geared road-racing bikes are faster than fixed gear and singlespeed bikes on group rides.

Sorry, but that's the way it is. You will either A.** wear yourself out on the hills (if your area has HUGE hills like Atlanta does). or B.**spin out on the fast downhills in a smaller gear.

It's just facts, man. I've done the group ride with hardcore racers (talkin' Kalahari/Jittery Joe guys, etc.)
on a fixie/ss enough times (with a couple of team guys on ss as well). Guess what? Light, fast road racers drop SS'ers eventually. Just the way it is, man...enough with the anecdotal "I dropped a roadie today" stories. Oh really? Who was he? How long did the ride last? Any hills?

Anybody can drop any other random person unawares at any given time. But the facts remain. Geared bikes are faster and more efficent on long hilly rides or races. Period.

I ride singlespeed for a lot of reasons, but none of them involve delusions of winning road races.
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I've been considering making my Kona blast a SS. Would it work for freestyle? And why do you prefer SS over a multi speed bike? or do you?
SS is for your siSSy girlfrind. Kick it up a notch with a fixed gear bike.
edit: I admit, I was SS for a month before goiong fixed.

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Old 08-23-06, 05:37 PM   #20
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they are just better.
Gary Fisher running a 48/15 with no chain tensioner on verticals. Weighs in at just under 20#
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SS is for your siSSy girlfrind. Kick it up a notch with a fixed gear bike.
edit: I admit, I was SS for a month before goiong fixed.
Who need a girlfriend when we can just pass you around???
[edit] I just read your edit, but you are still an ass.
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Okay Andy, you just won today's lunacy prize!
take another look... he won March 30, 2003's lunacy prize....
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I have more fun on a single speed. With a geared bike, i think to much about riding, but with only one gear, i just ride. If you don't have any crazy steep hills, and you don't mind going a little bit slower, SS is an eye-opeing experience. Plus, you'll never have to adjust a deraileur again.
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dh anf fs mountain have you heard of a mon cog or a jackal c'mon and why single speed because your week and need a work out get to the converting ness you need it and have fun a good gearing is 36 - 13

it always worked well when I used to jump bmx
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dh anf fs mountain have you heard of a mon cog or a jackal c'mon and why single speed because your week and need a work out get to the converting ness you need it and have fun a good gearing is 36 - 13

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