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Old 02-11-09, 11:21 AM
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Why go SS?

I've noticed that a lot of people like to use single or fixed speed bikes for commuting and cruising. Why is there such a draw to SS? Is it because they are easier to build and maintain? It seems like you would lose some hill climbing ability by switching to fixed.
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Old 02-11-09, 11:30 AM
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I first started riding single speed because I commute in the winter and was tired of having things freeze up, so it was the element of simplicity that attracted me at first. Now I ride SS, fixed and geared bikes and they all have their place. Single speeding just another aspect of cycling that has it's own unique rewards and challanges. If you happen to have an old beater bike that doesn't see much use, think about giving it a try. The conversion costs next to nothing and it's reversible if you find you hate it.
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Old 02-11-09, 11:34 AM
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It's the simple life. Lightweight and durable. Gearing choice will always leave you walking some hills and spinning out on the the downhills or flats. Think of it like city driving, from stop light to stop light.
Geared bikes can take off quick and stretch their legs once they are moving, but the next light will get them and the SS crowd will catch right back up.
I've ridden 80 mile rides with my geared bike, along side SS'ers. At the the end of the day, They were right beside the rest of us.
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Old 02-11-09, 11:37 AM
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I was once told, it's not the conversion to a singlespeed/fixed gear that is expensive. It is all the tattoos, sweet messenger bag and vintage t-shirt/tight jeans that hits the wallet hard.
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Old 02-11-09, 11:38 AM
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i was once told, it's not the conversion to a singlespeed/fixed gear that is expensive. It is all the tattoos, sweet messenger bag and vintage t-shirt/tight jeans that hits the wallet hard.
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Old 02-11-09, 11:41 AM
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Heh, Sometimes Junkyard comes from the blind side and delivers the TKO.
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Old 02-11-09, 12:20 PM
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Yeah i thought that was pretty funny. However, contrary to popular belief, going SS does cost a bit of money if you dont ghetto rig it. Just finished SS a 95? stumpjumper.

New SS Cranks: $40 on ebay
Chain Tensioner and Cog: $30 on ebay
New Chain: $15 at lbs

Plus new grips, tires, cables, housing, & shears to trim my tires. It cost less than a new shock, but it sure added up quickly.

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Old 02-11-09, 07:05 PM
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Originally Posted by JTred View Post
It seems like you would lose some hill climbing ability by switching to fixed.
You lose a bit a of it at first, but it does comeback and can make you a stronger climber. Another benefit is riding a fixed gear will help you improve your cadence/pedal stroke.
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there are zero hills in the flat city that I live.
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i have to single speed mountain bikes and one geared one.

one has horizontal drop outs and is intended to be single speed. there is nothing there to go wrong, it just works. there's something refreshing about simplicity.
my other single speed mountain bike is a conversion on a low end specialized mtb. i had countless problems with the drive train and just said "f*** it" one day. i dont ride it off road. i keep it geared high in the summer and low in the winter. i gets alot of miles put on it commuting. its nice to not have to worry about it so much getting stolen.
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Originally Posted by Terrapin Ben View Post
Yeah i thought that was pretty funny. However, contrary to popular belief, going SS does cost a bit of money if you dont ghetto rig it. Just finished SS a 95? stumpjumper.

New SS Cranks: $40 on ebay
Chain Tensioner and Cog: $30 on ebay
New Chain: $15 at lbs

Plus new grips, tires, cables, housing, & shears to trim my tires. It cost less than a new shock, but it sure added up quickly.
But then think about the costs of a new geared drivetrain!
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Old 02-11-09, 10:54 PM
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true dat homie!
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Old 02-11-09, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Terrapin Ben View Post
Yeah i thought that was pretty funny. However, contrary to popular belief, going SS does cost a bit of money if you dont ghetto rig it. Just finished SS a 95? stumpjumper.

New SS Cranks: $40 on ebay
Chain Tensioner and Cog: $30 on ebay
New Chain: $15 at lbs

Plus new grips, tires, cables, housing, & shears to trim my tires. It cost less than a new shock, but it sure added up quickly.
That really isn't that much $$$, pretty cheap in my opinion. I just built up a 96 Fisher HKEK with gears for what is to be a beater bike. And damn me if I dont have close to 400 into the thing. And I did not use super high end parts by any means.It cost me way more than I was planning. I should of made it a SS. Still may at some point.
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Old 02-11-09, 11:47 PM
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I have gears but my derailer cable is broke and the shifter is wonky, so it pretty much rides like a single speed....
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Old 02-12-09, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Lebowski View Post
i have to single speed mountain bikes and one geared one.

one has horizontal drop outs and is intended to be single speed. there is nothing there to go wrong, it just works. there's something refreshing about simplicity.
+1 i have yet to try SS mtb but all of my road bikes have been fixed or ss for awhile now. i love the fact that theyre so easy maintain
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So if I was planning on converting an old beater bike (I haven't decided yet whether to use one of the many in my shed or to search the garage sales and CL) into a campus/paved trail cruiser, would it be better to convert to ss or buy a whole new set of gears and chain?
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Will be a bit cheaper to go SS.
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depending on what bike youre planning to convert, itll probably be cheaper going ss. im currently building up a new fg for college campus riding, it took about 150 (40 for the bike and 110 for rear wheel+cog+lockring)
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I like the challenge inherent to SS riding. There's no sitting and spinning. It's all grunting and swearing with blood shooting out of your eyes and your kneecaps ready to pop off your legs.
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i don't think too many people ride fixies on the trails? do they? gosh, that must be weird.

i find i prefer to use my legs to adjust speed, vs. gearing. i know this thread is in the mountain bike section, but on my road bike with the old friction shifters i find it a hassle switching gears, compared to just spinning really fast or having to hammer.

i'm tempted to go SS on my mountain bike, for the simplicity, durability, and the "cool" factor .
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Old 02-14-09, 08:57 AM
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I first when SS to see what it's all about. Now 4 years later, I feel weird if I get on a geared bike. I feel less efficient. IDK, maybe its in my head. Now its SS for the MTB bikes, and fixed for the roadies (brakeless.) Once you go SS, you'll never go back
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