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    single speed touring

    denver to portland, thoughts?

    I remember hearing about 1940's tour bikes having a flip flop hub with two freewheels - a regular gear ration and a gear ratio for climbing, has anybody heard of that?

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    flip flop hubs are all over the place. whites has a flip flop hub and crank. Overall, why. Your a better man than me, as long as you are enjoying the experience as much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben_g View Post
    denver to portland, thoughts?

    I remember hearing about 1940's tour bikes having a flip flop hub with two freewheels - a regular gear ration and a gear ratio for climbing, has anybody heard of that?
    The Rivendell Quickbeam is a sort of singlespeed tourer, however, I've set mine up with 4 gears using an 16x18 double freewheel, a 22 freeweel on the other side and 40 and 32 chainrings. I have to change gears by hand and tension the chain by moving the back wheel

    40 x 16
    40 x 18

    32 x 18
    32 x 22

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    go to sheldonbrown.com for references on singlespeed and fixed gear stuff and see kent peterson's stuff here, http://kentsbike.blogspot.com/. flip-flop hubs are used mostly with a fixed/free setup; some use a fixed/fixed setup as well. whatever works.

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    The beauty of singlespeed is its absolute simplicity and minimalism - just get on and pedal, comletely fuss-free. Seems like you're missing the point if you have to stop at every hill and change the rear wheel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Downie View Post
    The beauty of singlespeed is its absolute simplicity and minimalism - just get on and pedal, comletely fuss-free. Seems like you're missing the point if you have to stop at every hill and change the rear wheel!
    I agree that having multiple gears is not pure to the single speed ethos, however, 95% of the time I'm in 40x16, even on the hills. I only change to 32x22 when I'm faced by something really nasty. Also having a bail out gear makes "single speed" touring a practical possibility for the average rider. You can enjoy the simplicity secure in the knowledge that if you get really tired you have the insurance of a lower gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben_g View Post
    denver to portland, thoughts?

    I remember hearing about 1940's tour bikes having a flip flop hub with two freewheels - a regular gear ration and a gear ratio for climbing, has anybody heard of that?
    If it makes you happy, go for it. That said, I don't see why anyone would want to ride a single speed while carrying a load in the mountains. It sounds very unpleasant to me.

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    Actually if you choose the right ratio, and have enough time, then only the flat bits are unpleasant! Not even unpleasant - you just feel like a bit of a lemon.

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