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Old 09-30-06, 01:16 AM   #1
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single speed touring

does anyone tour with a single speed bike?
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Old 09-30-06, 01:17 AM   #2
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A German guy is/was riding around the world with a fixed gear... towing a trailer!
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Old 09-30-06, 01:30 AM   #3
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The world is full of bad ideas. That is one of them.
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Old 09-30-06, 02:17 AM   #4
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Thomas Stephens cycled around the world on a Penny Farthing, back in the 19th century. That's a lot worse than fixed gear alone. And there is a guy out thre trying it again today:

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?...ed&context=all

But I like this trip for something a little more fixie:

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=lt&doc_id=339&v=0
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One of the guys I ride with, SyntaxPC on the forums, tours fixed. I ride my Fuji Touring, and he has no trouble keeping up with me. If anything, I have to work to keep up with him; he smoked me, while fully loaded, on several hills in Southeastern PA. Like anything though, it probably depends on what kind of shape you are in.

We've never done a cross country tour though, we do 1-2 day trips.
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Another thought... go to bicycling.com's Long Distance Forum and contact Coluberbiker (Emily). She recently finished Boston-Montreal-Boston on a fixed, and thinks nothing of going on camping tours with her boyfriend (also on a fixed). She lives in Boston. Post a request on that LD forum...
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A flip-flop or dual front chainring would offer at least a chance of adjustment if needed. You could have a granny-ish low front chainring and no FD and still keep some of single-speed quality.

I think touring on any non-multispeed bike would be unnecessarily restricting. Seems to make the effort more about the bike than it should be, IMHO. Like others said, conditioning will matter a lot.
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