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Old 07-12-18, 04:09 PM
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Originally Posted by dregsfan View Post
These replies are just great. Inspiring.
The bikes are beauties. Something about the looks of SS's.

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Old 07-16-18, 08:13 AM
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I set up my road bikes single cog with either a 2-Speed SRAM Automatix or 3-Speed Sturmey Archer S-RC3. No speed loss on our usual rides. Our terrain here is mostly flat with short, steep sand dune hills.



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Old 07-16-18, 08:33 AM
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Number 2 bike is single-speed, since 2-3 years ago. I like it better fixed, just waiting for the new chain to wear enough to match with the worn fixed cog then I'll flip it back. I haven't given up multiple gears though.
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Old 07-16-18, 11:44 AM
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I just picked up a 1984 Raleigh Team Professional that was converted to fixed gear.
I have to admit that I haven't made my mind up about it yet.
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Old 07-16-18, 11:58 AM
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I'm well over 50 and 3 of my 10 bikes are SS (I tried fixed for a year but concluded it was somewhat juvenile and not suited for the topography where I ride). I fail to see any connection whatsoever between riding SS and being older. Big disconnect.
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I don't understand how anyone can conclude that fixed gear is juvenile.

On the contrary, I find it to be simple, elegant and quite natural once one learns not to fight the bike. I'm going out on mine tonight.


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Old 07-16-18, 12:01 PM
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70, & counting...

Nope, 3 speeds .. folding bike.
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Old 07-16-18, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
So what if it's juvenile? It's fun.
I thought about this the other day (while I was riding a fixed gear century) and think that it might have to do with skid stops and no brakes.
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Old 07-16-18, 05:55 PM
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i'm 71 ... i'm still fixed ... some people never ever gear up
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Old 07-16-18, 07:58 PM
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Almost single speed

I'm not exactly 50+, more like 60+. My daily ride isn't exactly a single speed, though I only rarely change to the bigger gearing... Is a 1x2 drive train, using an old Dura Ace derailleur to change between to the cogs in back. The gear I don't use much is a slightly larger (gear inch wise), than what I spend most of my time on. I do like the more minimulistic approach to bikes. I was one of those people that used to be on fixed gears 95% of my cycling time, but since hip repair, have yet to try a fixed gear, yet. I hope I will again, someday soon, but for now, I stick (for most of the time) to a virtual single speed.
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Old 07-16-18, 09:06 PM
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Every geared bike can be ridden like a single speed ... don't shift. I've done this a number of times to feel what my commute would be like on an SS.
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I thought about this the other day (while I was riding a fixed gear century) and think that it might have to do with skid stops and no brakes.
Well that part *is* juvenile.... as in, there's no way my old creaky knees would stand up to that. I have brakes.... two of them.
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Old 07-17-18, 05:37 AM
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Originally Posted by dregsfan View Post
Curious if any Fifty Plus folks gave up the derailers and went to Singlespeed.
If so, please share
I've done both -- kept my geared bikes and keep a singlespeed around too. I like the elegant simplicity of the one-speed bike, depending of course on my mood in the moment and the route I'm planning to ride.
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Old 07-17-18, 05:43 AM
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Originally Posted by WaltHansen753 View Post
I'm not exactly 50+, more like 60+. My daily ride isn't exactly a single speed, though I only rarely change to the bigger gearing... Is a 1x2 drive train, using an old Dura Ace derailleur to change between to the cogs in back.
Would love to see some pics of this, I never knew such a thing existed.
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Old 07-19-18, 08:30 PM
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Single speed is like running: I graduated from that #%$ a long time ago and ain't going back!
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Old 07-19-18, 09:00 PM
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Given that I have to ride up a 16% grade just to get beyond a block from my house, there will never be a single speed bike in my garage. I can see that a fixie might be fun if you lived in the flatlands, but they're just not feasible here. I did have a single speed bike when I was a teenager living in England. The only reason for that was because singlespeeds were the cheap bikes and my parents didn't want to spend money on a geared bike for me.

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Old 07-20-18, 09:07 PM
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Converted three bikes to singlespeed but haven't hung onto any of them. Last one was an early '90s Cannondale hybrid converted by removing all but one cog from the freehub and adding a surly singleator. That was about 15 years ago and it was my backup bike for a while.
No interest in singlespeed since going 'bent.

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Old 07-20-18, 09:34 PM
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I didn't "convert" but I did start riding a fixed gear bike in early 2016, a Wabi Special. It took about a month before I felt really comfortable riding the bike. I got addicted pretty quickly as well, having installed Challenge Strada Biance open tubular tires and latex tubes. The ride and feel is a lot more visceral than my Pinarello. I loved it so much I bought another even lighter model the Wabi Classic with their light wheels. I'm 6' 3" at 200 lbs and the bike takes it fine. No sign of stress at all on frame or wheels.

All I can say is WOW about the Classic! I find I get a better workout and build more stamina on the rolling hills in my area with a fixed gear. You have to really hammer the hills on a fixed gear. There's no backing off into an easier gear. When I jump on my Pinarello I really fly. I'm 60 years old by the way.

Here's my classic. It weighs-in at ~19 lbs (with the lighter Wabi "Sub-15" wheels - a highly recommended upgrade) and built with Reynolds 725 chrom-moly double-butted throughout with Shimano Dura Ace brakes (my upgrade) and Challenge Paris Roubaix tires with latex tubes (also my upgrade - and makes the bike addictive to ride - reminiscent of a tubular tire ride).

It's a dream to ride and by far the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden, period. The Wabi Special comes in a close second place. Although the Pinarello is a more nimble bike to ride, it's also not nearly as forgiving. The Classic soaks up road bumps like like no other bike I've owned.

I highly recommend a Wabi Classi for anyone interested in getting a fixed gear bike. They are on close-out sale now as they have been replaced by the Wabi Road it appears.They come with drop bars but I added the bull-horns. You won't regret it, I promise. You'll probably get addicted as well. Just a fore-warning...





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Old 07-21-18, 01:27 PM
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VERY NICE!

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Old 07-21-18, 04:57 PM
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I added a Wabi Special Single Speed a few years ago, and absolutely love it. However, I have not given up on my other two bikes All are in a rotation.
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Lemond Fillmore singlespeed/fixed, I’ve been using it lately for the local MUP lunchtime 12 mile ride. Turns out it is about the same speed or even faster than my geared bikes for the reasonably flat trail.
The geared bikes I’ve brought in I usually just leave them in one gear for the lunch loop so I figured the Fillmore would be just fine, and it is.

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you can have a single speed that is not fixed gear. I am planning to convert my Trek 1000 to a single speed as a retirement project. of course I am keeping my other road bikes.
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I still dust off the single speed from time to time.
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Picked up a single speed a couple years ago (steel frame, Redline 9 2 5) I try to ride it at least once a week on a 17 mile loop (not many hills) I love the simplicity of it. It wont replace my geared bike, but Im glad I bought it!
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Picked up a single speed a couple years ago (steel frame, Redline 9 2 5) I try to ride it at least once a week on a 17 mile loop (not many hills) I love the simplicity of it. It wont replace my geared bike, but Im glad I bought it!
Even if this made any sense, are you aware that you're posting in the Fifty+ forum?

A 17 mile ride anywhere around here would result in 2,000' of climbing with at least one 15+% grade. No way any normal person is going to manage a single speed or fixed gear on that. Might be OK for Kansas, Florida, or other states with unchallenging terrain though.
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