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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 07-18-09, 12:13 PM   #1
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how many of you ride on the single speed side?

just curious, I have a rush hour and love it, never tried it fixed though.
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Old 07-18-09, 12:17 PM   #2
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I rode my Bianchi San Jose for about 2 years singlespeed. I flipped it to fixed and took off the freewheel and haven't looked back yet.
Give fixed a try, it may seem daunting but after an hour of riding you'll love it.
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Old 07-18-09, 12:50 PM   #3
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I rode my Bianchi San Jose for about 2 years singlespeed. I flipped it to fixed and took off the freewheel and haven't looked back yet.
Give fixed a try, it may seem daunting but after an hour of riding you'll love it.
I'm the opposite. I set up mine with a SS/FG flip flop hub and have never used the SS freewheel in all the years I rode it.
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Old 07-18-09, 01:22 PM   #4
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I've got a fixed and a single, both have their enjoyable points, so I just stick with both.
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Old 07-18-09, 05:37 PM   #5
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i live on a pretty steep mountain. every time i want to go downtown, i hit speeds of 30+, so i need to be able to have a ratio i can coast downhill and also have a ring i can use to get back up those steep hills. i do have a 46/18 for SS and a 46/16 for fixed gear riding in the area.
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Old 07-18-09, 08:27 PM   #6
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I have a Dawes SST and can't bring myself to go fixed yet.
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Old 07-18-09, 08:50 PM   #7
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i ride ss, but not by choice i rode my friends windsor hour and i liked it so much more.
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Old 07-18-09, 08:51 PM   #8
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I rode mine around the parking lot when I test rode it with a freewheel. Soon as I got home that was the first thing I changed and have not looked back. The freewheel is a very handy paperweight on my work bench in the garage.
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Old 07-18-09, 09:07 PM   #9
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i rode fixed for about a year until i got sick of spinning all the time. so i got a ss freewheel and am happy to coast downhill and take sharp turns fast.
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if I want to coast I'll ride my road bike
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i live on a pretty steep mountain. every time i want to go downtown, i hit speeds of 30+, so i need to be able to have a ratio i can coast downhill and also have a ring i can use to get back up those steep hills. i do have a 46/18 for SS and a 46/16 for fixed gear riding in the area.
Same situation for me. I can top 50mph on the 2 mile downhill which starts my commute, and there's no ratio I could run that would let me spin it out comfortably on the way down in the morning and still make it back up in the afternoon.
42/18 on both my fixed and single sides, just to deal with the uphills. I prefer my singlespeed side with the amount of distance and rolling hills I ride.
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Old 07-18-09, 11:39 PM   #12
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I live in an entirely flat city. I prefer fixed for this terrain. If there were hills, I'd ride with a freewheel and a rear brake or ride a proper road bike for even more speed and control.

right tools for the job.
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Old 07-19-09, 02:00 AM   #13
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I broke my chain a few months ago and had a spare 3/32 chain laying around, so I've been using my bike as a SS for probably 5 months. When I get the money to buy another 1/8 chain I'll flip back over to fixed, I miss it.
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Old 07-19-09, 02:16 AM   #14
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Same situation for me. I can top 50mph on the 2 mile downhill which starts my commute, and there's no ratio I could run that would let me spin it out comfortably on the way down in the morning and still make it back up in the afternoon.
42/18 on both my fixed and single sides, just to deal with the uphills. I prefer my singlespeed side with the amount of distance and rolling hills I ride.
that's pretty fast
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Old 07-19-09, 07:14 AM   #15
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Rode my flip-flop on the single speed side for a couple months cause the chainline was off n the other side. Spaced the chainring correctly to be able to ride fixed, haven't even considered putting it back in months.
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Old 07-19-09, 08:48 AM   #16
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Fixed for the street 48X17 and SS for the Trail 34X16.
I learned a little something when I bout a Tomi cog for my Singlespeed MTB. Climbing and flats, no difference. Descents.......sucked! I really like the idea of riding Fixed off road, I love the control but Coasting is more fun....
that being said, do what you enjoy most. Whatever is the most fun, that's what you should be riding.
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Old 07-19-09, 09:24 AM   #17
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that's pretty fast
Not really, with a 52x11 ratio that's pretty easy on a road bike and a nice hill.

There is nothing better than descending a nicely curved mountain. Carving turns at 45mph, sprinting through the short straights, and never having to touch your brakes once.
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Old 07-19-09, 11:13 AM   #18
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single speed here....never got used to FG
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SS...I don't like riding fixed and really don't get the point of it outside of the track. Nothing is convenient or fun about it for me....
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I'd probably ride SS if I had money for front/rear brakes and a freewheel. damn my expensive hobbies.
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For commuting, SS. For recreation, fixed.
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I flipped mine after one day. Never went back, except once when I was in a rush after fixing a flat, and put the wheel on backwards
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The only time I miss a freewheel is when I'm doing the hilly loop and have to spin at 150+ on multiple 1-3 km downhills. I've only installed one for that ride once, and although I didn't have to work hard descending I swear my legs would feel stiff and dead by the time the grade turned upwards again.

Apart from that I find the fixed gear more intuitive (counterintuitively) at slow speeds and stops. Plus it's silent.
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The only time I miss a freewheel is when I'm doing the hilly loop and have to spin at 150+ on multiple 1-3 km downhills. I've only installed one for that ride once, and although I didn't have to work hard descending I swear my legs would feel stiff and dead by the time the grade turned upwards again.

Apart from that I find the fixed gear more intuitive (counterintuitively) at slow speeds and stops. Plus it's silent.

My SS is silent (sugino 75 chainring, kmc chain, shimano freewheel)
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five years and ive NEVER flipped it
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