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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by luketg08 View Post
    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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    I've got a fixed and a single, both have their enjoyable points, so I just stick with both.

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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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    I have a Dawes SST and can't bring myself to go fixed yet.
    Ernest
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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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    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.
    There are no guarantees in life; epilepsy shouldn't be looked at as a complete roadblock but as a hill that may need additional pedaling to get over. In the long run you will be a stronger person for it.

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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'd rather ride a greasy bowling ball than one of those things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danv1317 View Post
    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.
    "I feel like my world was classier before I found cyclocross."
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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    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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    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by tu _madre51 View Post
    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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    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.
    A finite state machine.

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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.
    I'll eat it first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yellowbeard View Post
    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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