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Old 08-07-12, 06:35 AM
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Single Speeds in the UK

So the other day, I was perusing through bicycle companies websites, checking out their single speeds. I noticed a distinct absence of single speeds being advertised upon a few major bicycle companies websites.

However, when I did manage to locate familiar single speed bicycles on other websites, such as online bicycle merchant's websites, I'd see a familiar single speed from a large bicycle company being sold for much more money that here within the United States.

What's up with Single Speeds in the UK?
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Old 08-07-12, 06:59 AM
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Singlespeed is a very niche area, in big citys like London, they are more common, and there are forums like http://www.lfgss.com/ for this, in the rest of the country, it's a tiny market. in Mountain bikes, it was the thing a year or so ago, then came 29ers, then Fat Bikes, 650B is vying to be the next thing, they are still around, but the hype has gone from them. On the road, you will see more in the winter (most likely Fixed Gear, not single speed), and they are more common than trikes, but not by much and trikes are extremely uncommon.

What doesn't help them is cost, an entry level single speed / fixed in the UK will be 350-750, something like an On-One Pompino or Macinato in the 350-500 range, Specialized Langsters are 500, and there are more specialist brands which cost more, for that sort of money you could get a bike with gears, which is what the majority of the general population think bikes should have. Also what we don't have is any big box retailers like ASDA (Wal-Mart) or Tesco (Fresh & Easy) carrying cheap single speeds like are often mentioned on BF, only ultra basic BSO's
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Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
Singlespeed is a very niche area, in big citys like London, they are more common, and there are forums like http://www.lfgss.com/ for this, in the rest of the country, it's a tiny market. in Mountain bikes, it was the thing a year or so ago, then came 29ers, then Fat Bikes, 650B is vying to be the next thing, they are still around, but the hype has gone from them. On the road, you will see more in the winter (most likely Fixed Gear, not single speed), and they are more common than trikes, but not by much and trikes are extremely uncommon.

What doesn't help them is cost, an entry level single speed / fixed in the UK will be 350-750, something like an On-One Pompino or Macinato in the 350-500 range, Specialized Langsters are 500, and there are more specialist brands which cost more, for that sort of money you could get a bike with gears, which is what the majority of the general population think bikes should have. Also what we don't have is any big box retailers like ASDA (Wal-Mart) or Tesco (Fresh & Easy) carrying cheap single speeds like are often mentioned on BF, only ultra basic BSO's

Wow, Jim!

That was quite enlightening!

Thanks A Lot!

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I'm sure others will have different opinions on this, but this is my take on it, what is noticeable in the UK, and I would guess elsewhere round the world, is the bikes people ride heavily reflect what local dealers sell;, if no one stocks a brand / type, there will be very few riders of that brand / type in that area.

Complete bikes can still easier to buy in person rather than on-line, and some brands will only allow in store sales (like Trek & Specialized) for fixed / single speed physical shops to survive, you need customers, and you only really get these concentrations in big cites; like London, or areas which have a very good cycling infrastructure, like the Bristol area.
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Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
I'm sure others will have different opinions on this, but this is my take on it, what is noticeable in the UK, and I would guess elsewhere round the world, is the bikes people ride heavily reflect what local dealers sell;, if no one stocks a brand / type, there will be very few riders of that brand / type in that area.

Complete bikes can still easier to buy in person rather than on-line, and some brands will only allow in store sales (like Trek & Specialized) for fixed / single speed physical shops to survive, you need customers, and you only really get these concentrations in big cites; like London, or areas which have a very good cycling infrastructure, like the Bristol area.
I heard that London is fundamentally flat. If that's so, it would seem like single speeds would be more popular and made more affordable for the youth. If the youth market is targeted and nurtured properly, a fad can become a sustained trend for years to come.
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