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 03-31-06, 10:42 PM
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What are the advantages of single speed bikes?

More importantly, when is it better to get a single speed bike than a bike with gears?

my posts dont seem to work when the title contains a few words.
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Old 03-31-06, 10:48 PM
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http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=183653

Same question from a couple of weeks ago
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Old 03-31-06, 10:50 PM
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Sheldon Brown on SS.

Sheldon Brown on fixed gear.

mtbr.com SS FAQ.
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I just did a SS conversion and have been riding it around a bit. The main advantage I see is a perfectly straight chainline in the exact gear ratio that is most efficient for me. With those two things, I go quite faster than I do on my standard road bike in the same gear.

I also dropped two and a half pounds when I took off the shifters, derraileurs and extra chainrings, cogs and cables. But I'm no "weight weenie" so that doesn't really matter.

You also get a stronger back wheel if you use an actual fixed gear track-type hub because there is no dishing. I didn't go that route, instead just using a BMX cog on an 8 speed cassette hub with spacers.

Those are the main, technical reasons. Now a few more.

For training, it helps with pedaling stroke and discipline. No more downshifting for those little hills or not so little hills. Interestingly, I go much faster on overpasses now.

A single speed conversion is a great way to resurrect an old bike that doesn't shift any more. And a lot of those bikes have nice steel frames.

Single speed bike just look nicer.
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More fun.
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I'm not convinced it would actually benefit too much, you pedal more with a fixed gear but it also lets you cheat even more through the deadspots in your pedal rotation.
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cause it looks cool, and people actually stop you and say you have a nice bike, annnnndddd random guys on the bus give you $5 cause your bike looks good.
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Nobody ever gave me five bucks. Maybe cause my bike doesn't look great (lol).
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less crap to worry about, efed up derailers are big problems that usally result in a no go. on a fixed gear the only thing you must look out for is the drivetrain ( crank, chain and cog) and sometimes a front brake.
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