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First single speed since I was a kid...

Old 04-12-21, 07:51 PM
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First single speed since I was a kid...

I'm almost 70 but I'm a long time distance marathon runner. I haven't really been on a bike very much in many years. This week I wanted to just get back to simple basics so I picked up a Priority Ace of Spades to get back into cycling a bit.
It weighs 22 lbs. with the front carbon fiber fork and seat post. The bike is very cool with a 55 tooth CDX Gates front sprocket and a 20T rear gear carbon belt drive. I was surprised how quiet & responsive it is. I have taken it up some pretty steep short hills in my neighborhood
and while I do have to stand on the pedals to make it all the way up, I've gotten up all but one hill which myst be about a 20% grade but I'm determined to eventually conquer it on this bike...
I eventually plan to get a bike with gears in the future but I wanted to build up my pedaling ability first.
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Old 04-12-21, 08:13 PM
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Looks good, enjoy!
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Nice bike.

How are you enjoying those flat handlebars?

For my fixed-gear bikes, I always use traditional road drop bars and brake levers (with hoods). Like you said, there's a lot of standing up when get to go up a hill, and I find it a lot easier to hold on to the brake lever hoods and the outside of the drop bars.

I also use bar ends on my mountain bikes, for the same reason.
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Beauty bike! That's a taller gear than I like to ride, but if you can climb the hills, that's all that matters. Congrats!
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Pretty bike.
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Priority Ace of Spades
...The only bike you need is the Ace of Spades
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Very sharp. I'd like to see one with drop bars. With some mudguards it would be a perfect rain bike with that belt drive.
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Nice bike.

How are you enjoying those flat handlebars?

For my fixed-gear bikes, I always use traditional road drop bars and brake levers (with hoods). Like you said, there's a lot of standing up when get to go up a hill, and I find it a lot easier to hold on to the brake lever hoods and the outside of the drop bars.

I also use bar ends on my mountain bikes, for the same reason.
I'm not familiar with different options so that's just what came with the bike. I'm usually not very fussy and adapt to whatever I have.
I do plan on getting a gravel bike with gears in the future and the model I'm looking at does have these drop bars and drop shifter on the right side. I'm looking forward to getting that in the future and trying some gravel/trail riding.
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The main thing is to have fun! That looks easy to do on a nice bike like that. I didn't know that brand before your post, so thanks for sharing it with us as I learned something. You may have to adjust the gearing a bit depending on various factors, but ride it "as-is" before making a rash decision.

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