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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 11-04-07, 09:40 PM   #1
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How many people here ride FG/SS because...

derailleur's are just too hard to use, or are sooooo complicated to maintain, or are just really really confusing ?

I'm starting to get the impression that this is the reason why many people switch.

Why?

It's not ****ing rocket science people.
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Old 11-04-07, 09:44 PM   #2
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It's partially why I switched. They just confused the **** out of me.
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Old 11-04-07, 09:47 PM   #3
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FG is just more fun to ride and I get more enjoyment out of it. Thats not to say that I don't have multispeed bikes, they don't get ridden nearly as much as my fixed bikes do.
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Old 11-04-07, 09:52 PM   #4
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i ride fixed gear because everybody else does.
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Old 11-04-07, 09:52 PM   #5
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I'm glad to mostly ignore derailleurs--
glad to have the road bike but equally
happy to let it collect dust 90% of the time
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Old 11-04-07, 09:56 PM   #6
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Fixed is cheaper for a 15yr old's budget. Kthxbie.
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Old 11-04-07, 09:58 PM   #7
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What's a derailleur?
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Old 11-04-07, 10:00 PM   #8
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That's definitely why I switched. Operating the handle bars, paddles and breaks is enough of a challenge for me.
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Old 11-04-07, 10:05 PM   #9
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I'm glad to mostly ignore derailleurs--
glad to have the road bike but equally
happy to let it collect dust 90% of the time
agreed on all accounts.
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Old 11-04-07, 10:10 PM   #10
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They break too easily and make annoying noises. Plus the bikes they come on are real expensive if they're any good.
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Old 11-04-07, 10:10 PM   #11
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Derailleurs suck in the snow.

Derailleurs suck in the sand.

Derailleurs suck in the salt.

Plus I can stop with my fixed wheel if my front brake freezes up or the rims are icy/wet.

Also, I ride harder and get a better workout without a bail-out gear.
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Old 11-04-07, 10:11 PM   #12
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i ride because it looks cooler with my skin tight jeans and my slip on vans and white belt.
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Old 11-04-07, 10:14 PM   #13
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I ride every day and it's less stuff to break down. Also it looks cool and is fun.
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Old 11-04-07, 10:14 PM   #14
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i love multigear bikes

i love single gear bikes

yay

edit: my fixed riding is less than half of my total riding so eat it
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Old 11-04-07, 10:17 PM   #15
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I still ride my roadie. But only like once or twice a month.
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I like my freehub SS cuz I can spin my peddles backward while I coast down big hills.

I dont actually intend to ride my new FG.

I'm just gonna change it a lot and post pix of it on velo.
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Old 11-04-07, 10:20 PM   #17
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my guilty pleasure is to haul ass up a hill past lycra clad roadies


Caveman simplicity, low maintenance, fun and is really the only way to play bike polo in my opinion
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Also, I ride harder and get a better workout without a bail-out gear.
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I ride SS/Fixed because:

-Gears are expensive, if you don't want crap
-Gears take alot of upkeep to keep them shifting smoothly
-I don't ever commute more then 20km in one go
-My city is flat flat flat
-My city has a wicked winter, a winter that eats salty Deraillers for breakfast
-I'm too lazy to learn how to fix something complicated
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Old 11-04-07, 10:45 PM   #21
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I don't have a derailleur because you can't put one on a fixed gear bike.
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Old 11-04-07, 10:49 PM   #22
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I bought my first fixed gear because of simplicity. I wanted a road bike at first, but I wasn't confident in my mechanical ability with gears and such. I had never heard of fixed gears, but I knew a kid who stripped all the **** off his road bike and built up a single speed. Somehow I stumbled onto fixed gear, bought one, met some other kids who rode too and have been obsessed since.
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Old 11-04-07, 10:52 PM   #23
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i ride because it looks cooler with my skin tight jeans and my slip on vans and white belt.
+1 but i prefer the high-top vans with cutoff jean shorts. makes me feel more "unique".
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Old 11-04-07, 10:52 PM   #24
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derailleur's are just too hard to use, or are sooooo complicated to maintain, or are just really really confusing ?

I'm starting to get the impression that this is the reason why many people switch.

Why?

It's not ****ing rocket science people.
For a bike that is used in NYC, deraileurs are a PITA to maintain, add weight, add expense, and add very little payoff. Plus, I like riding fixed. Haven't seen a fixed set up that works with deraileurs yet.
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My friends derailer used to / still does throw the chain off, so I decided that I did not want to deal with all that bullsh(t.
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