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Old 05-01-10, 04:08 PM
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Love my single speed

I have to say you just can't beat the joy of single speed bikes. I took the dahon boardwalk out today; first outing since last october. All I had to do is put a little lube on the chain, some air, and ride away. No gear adjustments to mess with, just ride without thinking. Same for my 8 year olds single speed specialized hotrock. This dahon with the big apples is the best bike I've ever had.
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Old 05-01-10, 05:19 PM
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Now try a 58t x 14t and discover what single speed LDR is like.
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Old 05-01-10, 09:48 PM
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From Five to One!

There is a joy to "single speeding"! Just recently, I converted my 5 speed folder into a single speed coaster brake bike, and like it very much!

The way it WAS...


The way it is NOW!


Now the reason for the conversion was due to necessity thanks to a local bike shop ruining my rear axle on the original set up, but as I said, the new single speed wheel is a lot of fun!

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I have to say you just can't beat the joy of single speed bikes. I took the dahon boardwalk out today; first outing since last october. All I had to do is put a little lube on the chain, some air, and ride away. No gear adjustments to mess with, just ride without thinking. Same for my 8 year olds single speed specialized hotrock. This dahon with the big apples is the best bike I've ever had.
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Old 05-02-10, 08:04 PM
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I can't agree more, that single speed is fun...

but....

if it comes to foldingbikes, smallwheeled, difficult-to-ride-out-of-the-saddle, and hills,
thank you ma'am, it is not a perfect recipe...
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Old 05-03-10, 07:50 AM
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@tedi: I'd have to respectfully disagree mate.
SS works out just fine

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Old 05-03-10, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by joseff View Post
@tedi: I'd have to respectfully disagree mate.
SS works out just fine

Sweet ride ,Is that an MU P8 frame?
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Old 05-03-10, 09:43 AM
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I only use one gear (the highest) on my 2 speed Brompton. I don't understand how anyone could use the lower gear--it just makes my legs spin uselessly, even on hills! And with everything going on around me on my city commute (cars, pedestrians, lots of red lights/stop signs, avoiding getting doored, etc), switching gears is just one more thing I don't want to have to think about. I'd love to convert to a SS--I detest the chain tensioner/derailleur, which needs constant cleaning--but I'm a beginner mechanic and wouldn't feel confident enough to do the work myself.
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Old 05-03-10, 10:04 AM
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Originally Posted by phillyskyline View Post
I only use one gear (the highest) on my 2 speed Brompton. I don't understand how anyone could use the lower gear--it just makes my legs spin uselessly, even on hills! And with everything going on around me on my city commute (cars, pedestrians, lots of red lights/stop signs, avoiding getting doored, etc), switching gears is just one more thing I don't want to have to think about. I'd love to convert to a SS--I detest the chain tensioner/derailleur, which needs constant cleaning--but I'm a beginner mechanic and wouldn't feel confident enough to do the work myself.
I have the S1E which is the s/s Brompton. It still has a tensioner so it can fold the back under without chain coming off. So you arent gaining much to convert. Ive often thought that the 2spd. would be great as there are some nasty hills here coming out of our river valley. Im thinking of converting to 2 spd kick back with coaster brake,but then Moulton is coming out with one later this year(TSR2) so will buy one and leave my Brommie alone.
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Originally Posted by ddez View Post
I have the S1E which is the s/s Brompton. It still has a tensioner so it can fold the back under without chain coming off. So you arent gaining much to convert. Ive often thought that the 2spd. would be great as there are some nasty hills here coming out of our river valley. Im thinking of converting to 2 spd kick back with coaster brake,but then Moulton is coming out with one later this year(TSR2) so will buy one and leave my Brommie alone.
I am sure somebody will buy your brommie if it is neglected for the TSR2... hint hint : )
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[QUOTE=Joako;10760232]I am sure somebody will buy your brommie if it is neglected for the TSR2... hint hint : )

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Old 05-03-10, 06:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Joako View Post
I am sure somebody will buy your brommie if it is neglected for the TSR2... hint hint : )
What would you do with 2 Brommies? One for experimenting?
But you would still get first dibs if you wanted,but i think i could keep em both busy will see what Moulton is going to set me back first.
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Old 05-04-10, 05:11 AM
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Originally Posted by joseff View Post
@tedi: I'd have to respectfully disagree mate.
SS works out just fine

nice mu p8 (was p8. now mu ss?)
I didn't know that this ss outfit would stay this way for some time now.

I invite you to bogor, my brother....

(yes. some foldingbikes, like a curve d3, can be riden out-of-the-saddle.
but too bad, my other 16" bikes, can't.
so, making the latter into ss, would be a PITA. or PITL pain in the legs..)
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Old 05-04-10, 03:29 PM
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I find with my 20" SS, I really have to be in the "mood" to ride it 'cos it's fairly highly geared. I rode it to college yesterday and didn't really enjoy the wet, windy and hilly ride home with a heavy backpack on, but it was good training for my road racing....... I think/hope/imagine?

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Old 05-10-10, 04:54 PM
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@dynocoaster
Yes it's a 2008 Mu P8 with stock hubs. Disappointingly heavy for SS at 10kg though.

@tedi
I'll switch to 53x16 for Bogor
It's stayed the same for so long because it's not my commuting bike anymore.
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