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Single speed bikes, what are they good for?

Old 09-26-15, 05:49 AM
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Single speed bikes, what are they good for?

Why do people even get them? I live on a pancake and even I need multiple speeds for the wind.
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Old 09-26-15, 06:16 AM
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Pedal harder.
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why do people even get them? I live on a pancake and even i need multiple speeds for the wind.
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Old 09-26-15, 06:37 AM
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Why do people get them? For fun. For the elegant simplicity. I bought mine just to have something fast and easy to jump and ride around the neighborhood.
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Old 09-26-15, 06:54 AM
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Choose a slightly lower gearing and learn to spin, spin, spin. I put almost as many miles on the roads using one of my track bikes as I do on my road bikes.
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They're good for bike riding.
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Old 09-26-15, 07:28 AM
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single speed 700 pedal brake cruiser s are super chill for the neighborhood, i loved my linus while it was around
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Old 09-26-15, 07:34 AM
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I took one on a ride once. The whole time I was just thinking "why?". To each his own, it wasn't for me.
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They're good for bike riding.
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I'm with the OP on this.. Why would you intentionally suffer a bike with no gears? Might as well get an old car with a 2 or 3 speed automatic while you're at it.. Simplicity.. LOL
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I use mine for commuting, touring, group rides, charity rides, family rides in the park, workout rides, and a few team triathlons. Other than that, it just sits.
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Originally Posted by DBrown9383 View Post
I'm with the OP on this.. Why would you intentionally suffer a bike with no gears? Might as well get an old car with a 2 or 3 speed automatic while you're at it.. Simplicity.. LOL
Foolish to laugh at things you don't understand. Simplicity is indeed a factor. Less to maintain, break or be damaged, especially by the salt and other crap on the roads in winter. In addition riding in a fixed gear can be excellent training, it develops strength on the climbs and souplesse on the flats/descents.
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Fixed gear can definitely solve a lot of cadence problems. When you can get bucked off the saddle and over the bars when you stop pedaling, it will teach you really quickly to always pedal and smooth out your stroke. For a commuter/around town bike it is surely less to maintain. For CX racing where people crash and drop their bikes several times per race it makes a lot of sense especially at amateur level for people that don't want or can't afford to have a back up bike. You crash in a CX race and mess up derailleur or hanger and you're done for the day. As others pointed out, single speed/fixed doesn't mean your married to one gear ratio. If you can't deal with a headwind or some hills than you are doing it wrong
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Personally, I just like the variety. I ride derailleur bikes, fixed gear bikes, road bikes, mtn bikes, tandem bikes, touring bikes and anything else I can get my hands on. I am seriously thinking about getting a recumbent. It's all fun and isn't that the point.
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What a sad situation to experience the world only on one type of bike. How can people be so close-minded??

They're light, fun, easier to maintain, more affordable and often times more sexy. Also, it's fun to drop roadies on the hills with a SS
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Nothing better than cruising through Cape May NJ on a single speed beach beater! It tells me that summer's here and the time is right for racing in the street.
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I took one on a ride once. The whole time I was just thinking "why?". To each his own, it wasn't for me.
+1

Has utility in fulfilling N+1 as a boundary condition.

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it's fun to drop out of shape/weak roadies on the hills with a SS
FIFY

No strong/fit roadie is getting dropped by a SS/FG rider on hills, unless it's by choice.
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Less maintenance.
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Originally Posted by franswa View Post
Also, it's fun to drop roadies on the hills with a SS
All you're going to drop is weak riders. Not much thrill in that. Impressive would be dropping riders in a 53/11 on climbs.
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Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht View Post
FIFY

No strong/fit roadie is getting dropped by a SS/FG rider on hills, unless it's by choice.
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All you're going to drop is weak riders. Not much thrill in that. Impressive would be dropping riders in a 53/11 on climbs.
Pretty much all of my climbing PRs are on SS or fixed. I'd probably have to get a longer L limit screw to beat those PRs with a multi-speed bike

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