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Old 07-17-13, 06:29 AM
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geared bike enthusiasts / single speed enthusiasts

Now that I've built up a collection of multiple bicycles - I've found that it is so so so nice to switch from riding single speed for a few days to riding my geared bike. It is equally refreshing and fun to ride my single speed after riding my geared bike for a few days.

Anyone else get enjoyment out of this? It's kind of funny because whenever I switch bikes, I'm always like "MAN I feel SO much faster on my (geared bike / single speed) than when I was riding my (single speed / geared bike)!!"

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Old 07-17-13, 08:52 AM
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My only geared rig is my MTB, so I *always* feel super fast after a couple days of riding dirt on a 26" wheel with 2.3" tires and then switching over to 32mm 700c on my singlespeed roadie.
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Old 07-17-13, 09:23 AM
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I have a fixed gear track bike (full on no brakes-no freewheel). It is a blast. I take it to a local velodrome, and a local riverside bike trail. I almost never take it on the street, largely since most road riding in my area involves hills. It isn't the climbing that bothers me as much as becoming a runaway freight train on the downslopes.

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Old 07-17-13, 10:05 AM
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IGH .. single vitesse simplicity, but more than one vitesse.
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Old 07-17-13, 10:23 AM
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I put road tires and a fixed cog on one of my SSCX wheelsets for commuting. Nice mellow 70-ish gear inches is fine for commuting or a nice ride on country roads. Good stuff.
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Old 07-17-13, 10:48 AM
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I have a geared Franken-Muter (department store Schwinn Tourist I had lying around), and it's been nice to ride it during the summer, but once it cools off a bit more, I'll most likely be going back to my SS Schwinn Racer...I love the low-maintenance + tougher workout aspects of the SS. And yes, each time I switch off, I wonder to myself "Why haven't I been riding this bike more often??". It's an odd thing, but I suppose it's just the act of breaking the monotony (single-speed pun originally unintended), and eventually we'll all tire of one bike or the other; especially when we have more than one in our stable.
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Old 07-17-13, 04:07 PM
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I have 2 fixed gear bikes and 1 singlespeed. Gave up gears few years ago. I live in rolling terrain, easy to get around with one gear.. About 90% of my yearly mileage is done fixed, favourite gear ratio is 46/16. During winter time I gear down to about 36/16.
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Old 07-18-13, 10:28 AM
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I'm in very hilly terrain. Constant up and down. SS out of the question. I would like one for strictly city though.
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Old 07-18-13, 10:44 AM
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I converted one of my bikes to SS a few years ago. It was fun to ride and I enjoyed the change of pace. However, it was hard on my knees and I ended up putting gears back on that bike. Three months of riding SS just about destroyed my knees. It is very hilly where I ride and I found that I had to attack the hills riding my SS, which wasn't good for my knees when starting out cold.

One a related note, I have 4 different bikes that I commute on -- a touring bike, sport tourer, cross bike and racing. I commute most often on the sport tourer, but really enjoy the variety of riding different styles of bikes at different paces. It helps keep commuting from getting boring.
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Old 07-19-13, 10:25 AM
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I rode nothing but SS for 3 years, and then I got a couple of new geared bikes and stopped riding SS.
A few months ago I was given an old, lugged Motobecane road bike which I single speeded. I now realize what a mistake it was to have stopped SSing. I'm so much more fit when I spend equal time riding SS and geared.
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When I switch back to my multi-speed, I always end up wanting my SS back in a day or two. And not just because the brakes on the multi need some love.
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I've noticed that I've been mashing bigger gears on the road bikes as of late -- probably need to ride the FG more to keep up my ability to spin.
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Old 07-19-13, 02:49 PM
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I live in London and have a ss and a retro build rigid mountain bike. I ride them both but I have to say that the ss is so much more fun cos of the zippp factor in Londons clogged up streets. problem is that it rains a lot here and i have no mudguard eyes on the ss so that's when i take the rigid out (a brown stripe up ur bum is not cool or comfortable!). i can actually go faster on it than the ss (i only have a 42t on the ss for the zippp)but it just doesn't have that thing...
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Old 07-19-13, 03:08 PM
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I'm in the same circumstance - geared bike one day, S/S the next. I'm slow on both bikes. Ravages of old age.
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I find i get lazy with gears and coasting. FG is great for fitness, any hill you tackle FG will feel like an absolute breeze on a geared bike the next day. Big ego booster!
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gears or no, i love them all. last week was my SSCX bike. waiting for a day w/ no rain in the forecast to break out the 2x10 roadie.
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