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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 01-13-07, 06:00 PM   #1
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I've tried it....

and I might be hooked.

I got an F600(cannondale) frame and fork for christmas... so, i decided to build up my old frame and fork as a single speed(with old parts laying around)... just to try it. sure enough, I commuted on it twice and now i'm hooked. I don't know how i did it... but, i actually shaved 8 minutes off my best time with the same bike as a 1X9. the gearing is 44 X 16 on 26x 1.25 tires. On a 15.6 mile commute one way... my best time was 1hr 5 minutes. on the single speed, i made it in 57 minutes. I was completely surprised.

Now i'm thinking of turning the F600 into a singlespeed as well... and I'm contemplating turning my flat bar road bike into one.

or... i could just sell the two mtn bikes and get a single speed specific bike. wife would shoot me with this option though.

anyways... I'll post pics of the ss and the soon to be ss.

thanks for listening...
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Old 01-13-07, 06:24 PM   #2
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jesus, don't convert every bike

it's good to mix it up with gears for long weekend rides

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Old 01-13-07, 06:31 PM   #3
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It might be fun to buy a "dedicated" ss/fixed road bike. IMO, SS is fun, but fixed is much funner..
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Old 01-13-07, 07:03 PM   #4
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Fixed is funner. And don't convert everything to SS. Multi-geared bikes have their uses.
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yeah, i'll probably keep the road bike as a 1X8... the good thing about converting them is the fact that I can convert them back at anytime. I know i'll end up buying a SS specific before it's overwith though....
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