I built a hard tail because I fancied doing my own custom build, but it meant my full susser hardly got ridden. When both bikes were nicked I made sure I replaced them with two very different bikes, so it seemed like an ideal opportunity to try a single speed "just because". It performs admirably as my low-maintenance steed for family rides, pubs and shops as well as being a very different challenge to my full susser when off-road. It also looks ace.
What made you try single speed?
When I lived in Cambridge, most of my ""fun" riding was in Thetford. No need for many gears there, so I went SS for weight-saving speed and simplicity.
Moved somewhere hilly and kept it, MTFU on the climbs makes you faster.
Most recent SS was more about attention seeking though as its got a belt, not a chain.
Built up a commutey bike SS to keep costs down, and commute was fairly flat. Really enjoyed the simplicity, and quiet, and the way it freed up my brain in an unexpected way. It's not until you ditch the shifters that you realise how much of your time you spend thinking about them.
Put a cassette on the back for a Downs Link - SDW to Brighton ride, and kept it on. Commute got hillier.
Off road: I bought a Dialled PA as a stop gap while I spruced up the dekerf. Liked the PA, figured there was room for both, but even more so if I kept the PA and longer travel geary, and set up the Dekerf as rigid SS. 1st proper outing was at SSUKG in the Purbecks and rode about 60 beautiful miles in the Purbeck hills. I knew it would handle brilliantly with rigids, and knew I'd enjoy SS for all the same reasons as I did on the commuter.
I didn't know how much the uphill hauling and thrutching works your abs, back and shoulders, though!
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Because I am too inept to maintain my bikes properly.
Because I'm too tight fisted to buy a new mech every 5 years or so when it wears out.
Because I already push a geared bike uphill so a ss makes no difference.
Because I already wear a grimace instead of a smile.
That pretty much sums it up for me two
A friend let me have a go on his he said "go on try this, you can have it free for a weekend" needless to say I was then hooked and had to buy one... Classic bike pusher technique!
First time round it was cost amd simplicity and the fact thay I was doing more jumpy stuff that didn't need gears or want to bust a mech...
Eventually I got round to wanting to do more winter XC miles and the same drivers of cost and maintenance still held true for that, so I just used a slightly lower ratio on a more farm gate style frame and now merrily churn my way through the mud with it during winter...
All told I have owned 5 SS MTBs one way or another...
Santa made me,when he left one for me(& every other kid)back in 1969...........
Funny thing is nobody made such a big deal of it in those days.......
Well, if we're going back, I first tried SS because I was placed on a red, blue and yellow plastic trike. It was direct drive top the front wheel too, for extra niche points.
I couldn't go very fast on it, so everything since has just been a skills conpensator.
Commuted for 2 years on a Kona Paddy, loved it ... only bike I ever regret selling.
Commuted on SS for years.
Got a SS mountain bike because C2W scheme came up again and I didn't 'need' any other bike, but it felt rude not to use C2W, so got one of these
5 or 6 years ago, i stripped my bike down and sent the frame off to be powder coated. When it got back, and there it was hanging naked in the garage, I got this curious itchy feeling. i genuinely thought ss was only for the big boys with massive thighs and lungs like dustbin liners* but also realised that now was the time to give it a go. So I got a kit from Brant, fully expecting to be advertising it on here two weeks later......and I've had one ever since.
(that frame did go back to gears, but only once I'd got a dedicated ss frame to replace it. Now on my third......)
* obviously totally true, I'd just underestimated how butch i was back then.
I just fancied a fixed gear bike. I thought it would get me fitter. Dunno if it has done that but hasnt done any harm.
Stuck with it for the same reasons posted. Convienience on the maintentance side. There is nothing to go wrong so it is always ready to ride. I also love the clean looks.
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