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What are the benefits of a single speed?

Old 03-25-06, 12:04 AM
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Im wanting to get me a used commuter bike and Im waiting to keep all my options open. So would there be any benefits of having a single speed as a commuter bike?

How is the ride compared to others?




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Old 03-25-06, 12:16 AM
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Old 03-25-06, 12:25 AM
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you don't have to worry about being in the right gear or shifting and stuff


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remember your first bike and how fun and simple it was just cruising around your neighbor hood.
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What about hills?
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Old 03-25-06, 12:53 AM
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Is single gear and fixed speed the same thing?
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Fixed speed is nothing I'm aware of.

Fixed gear is a subset of single speed.
Both utilize only one gear, but a single speed has a free-wheel while a fixed gear does not.
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I meant fixed gear . And what is a free-wheel and its benefits?
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Originally Posted by fish0n
I meant fixed gear . And what is a free-wheel and its benefits?
Free-wheel means a rear sprocket with the ability to coast (not pedal) but still be moving forward.
On a fixed-gear when the bike moves the pedals move too and you can't not pedal while moving.
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Originally Posted by fish0n
What about hills?
Just make sure that you have a good gear ratio so that you're able to go at a decent speed on flats and survive going up hills.

I'm running a 42-14 and it feels pretty good for hills and flats, it's a bit hard to get up steep hills but it's still a good ratio.
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That fixed gear thing sounds crazy!
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Originally Posted by fish0n
That fixed gear thing sounds crazy!
Naaah... you get used to the feeling in like two days
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It IS crazy. That's where the PBR and pie come in, sort of a temporary, minor lobotomy.
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don't mess with that, i heard about a guy in my neighborhood who rode a "fixed gear bicycle" his wife had a baby and then eventually he paid for the baby to go to college, what i'm saying is that riding a "fixed gear" will lead to atleast 50,000 in debt, ****ing college
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something smells fishy about this post
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Yeah, fixed gear is crazy, and crazy people ride them.

You get used to it, and then when you don't have one... you cry yourself to sleep.
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But are they sufficient commuters?
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Originally Posted by fish0n
What about hills?
What do you got agenst hills. Personally I like hills cuz they are rewording. If you have trouble climbing, persist, and you will become accustomed over time.
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Lol rewording.
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Originally Posted by skingry
Yeah, fixed gear is crazy, and crazy people ride them.

You get used to it, and then when you don't have one... you cry yourself to sleep.
or you blast through an intersection you neither should, want, or need to blast through while backpedaling and not stopping.

c'mon, who else has gotten on a freewheel and forgotten that, oh....yeah...there are brake levers on this thing..,
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