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Old 01-04-09, 04:12 PM   #1
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a new toy :)

on December 25 I purchased a used "on-one" single speed mountain bike from a friend of mine. I have now ridden it three times... progressively longer rides, and doing more technical much as can be done on Difficult Run in Reston, VA. I find the bike to be more responsive and I am more comfortable going over small logs than on the geared mountain bike, which I will probably get rid of in the next 6 months or so. The gearing on this bike is 32 x 16, and it works for all the smallish hills around here. Sort of like my fixie, this bike is a lot of FUN. Just got back from a 20 miler--and the mud was gooey, not frozen like 2 days ago-- the bike is filthy, but it was loads of fun. Now I have to go turn on the outside water so I can hose the bike off before putting it away-- given we expect the temperatures to drop below freezing tonight...

I guess I can say that riding this bike makes me feel like a kid again...

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Old 01-04-09, 04:39 PM   #2
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Riding any bike makes me feel like a kid again. "I ride my bike to ride my bike!" But this tread needs photos, before or after it's bath, more photos!

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Assuming its not a home-conversion, what make and model of bike is it? I've got (what I'll call) a single speed road bike (Surly Steamroller) that I love riding for weekday workout rides. SS makes for simplicity, ease of maintenance, and lots of riding in the right circumstances.
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Old 01-04-09, 05:57 PM   #4
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Single speed, either freewheeling or fixed, is simply not my thing, but I like any bike which gets ridden a lot.
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Old 01-04-09, 08:17 PM   #5
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I liked my single speed so much I turned it onto a fixed gear bike! Not that I would try fixed gear off road . . . but single speed, yes.

Even my wife, who is not that mechaically experimental, loves her single speed. Didn't think she would, I just built it up for her for fun; but it's really worked out well for her and she loves it!

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