The dinglespeed Hooker - the only one of my four that can do everything the other three do.
if you had to have just one bike?
Difficult, because I'm tempted to say my '88 Explosif (because I've had it so long) but actually I think I'd keep one of my Singular Hummingbirds, probably in singlespeed, 69er guise.
Although I've been riding (and raving about) my Alpitude for the last month, I took the singlespeed Hummingbird out for an hour yesterday evening and was reminded of how much I like it.
I've seriously looked into this a couple of times (see my most recent thread).
If I were to go for it, then a hardtail with two sets of wheels would fit the bill. Things I learnt along the way:
- You may already own that bike (I used to do everything all on one bike back in the day);
- 26er would be fine, as 700c / 29er wheels with slicks are the same circumference;
- Rigid fork would probably stay on the whole time, as to change regularly is a faff.
I didn't go ahead because I cycle to a busy railway station once a week at least and have to lock my bike up there. I also took a good look at my riding stats for the past year and saw that I do 85% of my miles on the road. So, I kept my Cotic Soul and brought my roadie up-to-date with a Cotic Escapade frame and some new 105 gear.
I'd still consider something like a rigid Surly Karate Monkey or Cotic Solaris as the ultimate do-it-all bike when the Soul needs replacing. But I'd go into it with my eyes wide open to the compromises.
Easy for me to choose, sorry but it's my Roadie.
Either a bandit or covert 29er, probably the bandit with 140 pikes.
If I could only have 1 bike, I'd have 2......karate monkey, with the flip flop hub and Pompino or Pugsley, drat that's 3.....
It depends on the reason for only 1 bike, but a rigid SS 26" bike is OK round here,needs minimal spares and minimal love and is cheeeeep.
My Genesis io is the only SS I have ridden properly and it seems pretty good to me so would probably stick with it but do some wrist strengthening exercises!
Hmmm...bandit and pikes or the slackline ti? Neither...rather sell a gonad than lose either
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