Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 06-22-05, 11:05 PM
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help.

do single speed bikes cost? or is single speed just another name for fixed? i was looking into getting a fixed or single speed but i'm not to positive about it. i wanted to know as much i could before i get into something i cant handle. thanks for the help in advance.
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Yes, there is a difference between a single speed bike and a fixed gear bike. Both have only one gear but the fixed gear cannot coast. If you need more specific questions answered you are in a good place. There are many experianced riders here who are willing to help regardless of the color of your telephone. Welcome
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What did you want help with again?

SS and fixed are different, SS can coast. The two are actually rather intuitive, single speed just means that the bike has a single speed while fixed means that the gear is fixed.
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thanks. i'm looking for a bike singlespeed i think then. i want a bike that can coast, without having to worry about gears on road bikes and whatnot. i thought fixes were cool, but if i can get a single speed that coasted, that would be really nice to. if anyones got info on where to get some for a nice price. (entry level really, i dont know what they really go for, trying to stay around 500 is possible) that would be a great help. not sure whats good and whats junk. thanks
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From experience, I can strongly recommend IRO.
You can get a high quality singlespeed bike for around $500.
IRO customer service is also really great.
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There are very few bikes out there - entry level or otherwise - that are set up specifically for single speed (the exceptions are track/velodrome bikes a few mountain bikes and bmx right?).

To capitalize on the popularity of track bikes for road use, several companys now make bikes that "occupy the space between" and, while generally set up for fixed gear use, can easily be used for single speeding (you can take off the rear, fixed cog and replace it with a free wheel bmx cog - or, if you have a flip-flop hub, you can do both). Bianchi, Fuji, Surly, IRO and Specialized seem to be the most popular brands for this but there are others (the coffee hasn't kicked in yet so I can't remember all of them right now).

In my opinion, the best idea for someone who is new to all this is to simply set up a single speed rear wheel and use it on a normal road bike (I'm not particularly new to it and this is basically my set up). This site should answer most of your questions and generate many more http://www.sheldonbrown.com/fixed.html.

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An old road frame works best for singlespeed. Trackends will move the wheel directly horizontal instead of a little diagonal so you're rear brakepads will need adjusting everytime you move the wheel.
There's a Waterford bike with angled trackends to solve this problem, it just costs too damned much!
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you want to buy something new? $200 could buy a nice convesion if you're willing and able to do some work on it.
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Yeah single speed and fixed are different, but keep in mind that if you talk to folks over 50 or so who trained on fixed bikes, they called them single speeds back in the day.

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There is a good conversation about similar issues happening here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=116128

This is someone who wants to build a fixie, but the recomendations (mine anyway) for what to look for in a road bike that you want to convert are equally aplicable.
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