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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)

View Poll Results: Main reason you like single speed?
Culture 7 9.21%
Low maintenance and/or low weight 55 72.37%
Nice to look at 9 11.84%
Training purposes 5 6.58%
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Old 02-20-08, 04:07 AM   #1
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Why you like single speed

What is the main reason you like single speed bikes?
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Old 02-20-08, 04:12 AM   #2
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Fun is not on the poll, why?
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Fun is not on the poll, why?
yeah, bad poll.
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Old 02-20-08, 06:19 AM   #4
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I can clean my rear gear with a single tooth brush. Within 10 min, I can replace my chain; no need to pull deraileurs.
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Fun is not on the poll, why?
I suppose it comes under 'culture' - the culture of fun (?)
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Low maint. My 20 speed road bike weighs alot less than my lugged steel SS though.
I park at an elementary school, and on recess kids climb on my bike, and balls hit it all the time. I need something without many parts to break off of it.
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It's fun, but I use mine for training
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I like mine because it is simple, nearly-silent, and fast.
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I like mine because it is simple, nearly-silent, and fast.
+1, I have to admit my bike looks fast but the engine is kinda slow
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I like mine because it is simple, nearly-silent, and fast.

so when he says ss does that inclue fixed?
because a freewheel and brake noise is loud and annoying.

a fixed gear bike is a single speed
but all single speeds are not quiet
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so when he says ss does that inclue fixed?
because a freewheel and brake noise is loud and annoying.

a fixed gear bike is a single speed
but all single speeds are not quiet
Im sure that every member knows what Single Speed pertains to on this forum. But maybe they should change the name to "Freewheel and Fixed Gear" my SS/FW is uber quite, the freewheel and brakes make almost no noise at all
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so when he says ss does that inclue fixed?
because a freewheel and brake noise is loud and annoying.

a fixed gear bike is a single speed
but all single speeds are not quiet
I'm talking about my non-FG SS. Brakes aren't very noisy if you keep them clean, and I only coast through turns, really. Is it as quiet as a brakeless fg? No, of course not. But while I'm cranking, the only thing I hear is wind in my hair and tire noise.
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so when he says ss does that inclue fixed?
because a freewheel and brake noise is loud and annoying.

a fixed gear bike is a single speed
but all single speeds are not quiet

What freewheels are you using?

My 105 and Ultegra hubs are completely silent. Toe in your brakes right and it's like a whisper when you use them.

Still quiet.

I like my SS because I hate constantly thinking about gears, dealing with gears, dealing with adjustments, additional cables, stuff to clean, etc...I just want one, it's less to worry about. Yeah, and it's fun.
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Apparently I like single speed because I'm white.
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I'm pretty lazy, so just being able to get on and ride is nice. I rarely need to adjust anything. I need to get different brakes- Right now they take more time than anything other than cleaning, and most of the filth is brake dust. I like just riding and not worrying about anything.
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I like the sound (besides the craftsmanship) of the White Industry freecog.....both the 36 and 72 pawls.

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because its simply my kind of ride... i love the way it looks, how its simple not much cables,etc
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It makes me feel cool, probably the same way that hells angels feel when they pass a dude on a touring motorcycle. haha.
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it helps me retain my girlish figure.
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