Im not really in it for the fitness. Just the experience.
I’m afraid you won’t have much choice with the former. IME, you will have a hard step up (fitness and strenth) that you’ll need to achieve but once you do it’ll all feel fairly natural again. You’ll need to learn to attack hills rather than plod up them, which gives a fitness boost as well as a different experience.
I found the experience element was at it’s best on level-ish flowy stuff where you’re just not having to think about gearing and you can concentrate 100% on the trail. Admittedly I’m rubbish with gears so that may be a factor.Posted 6 years agoAndy_BazSubscriber
Don’t forget that on a SS you still have three gears – sitting, standing and pushing 🙂Posted 6 years ago
There’s no way I would consider myself particularly fit but I’ve only ridden SS for the past 18 months. Its partly a mental thing (in both senses…) not to be defeated by what’s in front of you and to forget that another gear was ever an option. You also use muscles in a different way and develop different techniques for dealing with hills or technical bits. If you only ride SS its easier to maintain this.
I really like the lack of clutter, noise and breakdowns. You’re also immune from this years must have technology and can get on with enjoying your bike.
Is that enough encouragement? Go for it and enjoy.GiantJauntMember
Imagine jumping on a nice cheaply built, light weight bike and accelerating away up to full speed in just a couple of pedal strokes, flying up hills and attacking technical sections of trail like an ape shit mother f*****g killing machine. Then you get home and throw your bike into your shed and when you get back to it it’s ready to ride and there’s nothing wrong with it, infact it never goes wrong. This my friend is single speeding. NB. You need to find a suitable gear for where you ride and work at it to get fit and up the hills.Posted 6 years agoGiantJauntMember
Not for hills. You wouldn’t get up many hills with that. I started off with a 2 to 1 ratio but went even easier than that as there’s lots of hills here and I find it easier for technical riding too. It’s a bit spinny on the road but my commute is only a mile and it’s ok round town.Posted 6 years agopurser_markMember
I’ve just built a cheapo one up. Got a Kona Fire Mountain frame for £45 and had some brakes and cranks sat on the bench doing nothing. Did splash out on a carbon fork as I thought it was the best place to put some money. When I say splash, out they were £100.
Holy sh*t it builds into a light, fast(accelerating) and agile bike. The first thing I noticed when going for a ride was how much more you sit up and look around the countryside. Thinking about your bike less and which gear to be in, travelling slower all equates to looking up and around more. I even found a couple of trail entrances in the woods I had ridden past before.
Enjoying it so far, although early days, seems to get back to why I starting biking, fast, simple, light bike to get you into the country and soak it up.
No facial hair yet…….Posted 6 years agosmiffyMember
I improved my lower back pain by beefing up my core muscles SSing in S. Wales Valleys. Long ploddy hils are best avoided but short, sharp, steep hills teach you to just keep going and get your breath back at the top; often passing your mates who frantically crashing down through the gears.Posted 6 years agoMad PierreSubscriber
So you can get held up by your mate on a geared bike dropping it into granny in front of you and causing you to lose all momentum needed for the steep climb?
So your mates with gears can really rip the piss out of you when your “no maintenance” bike breaks down?
So you’ve got another excuse to get off and push?
But most people do it for the “I’m much harder than you geared riders” and “look at me, no gears” reasons.Posted 6 years ago13thfloormonkMember
Mmm… this thread is reminding what I loved about singlespeed, the quietness of the ride in particular. Just thinking what a beauty of an s/s my Whyte 905 would build into…
For a truly pimp yet exceptionally functional tensioner, get an old, short cage road mech and bodge a couple of those bright orange, rubber chain device rollers in place of the jockey wheels, looks pimp and actually works unlike any of the aftermarket tensioners I ever tried..Posted 6 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
st people do it for the “I’m much harder than you geared riders” and “look at me, no gears” reasons.
I did it for maintenance reasons (why pay £100’s for a drivetrain that wears out and doesnt shift hat well anyway when covered in mud). It is f***ing anoying when other riders declate you must be super fit and a hard man and then up the pace on the first hill to try and drop you, inevitably this means you get up the hill last. On the upside everyone else has blown up and you’re no more knackered than normal and can proceed with the usual ass-whoopin* on future climbs.
*when I’m in any way fit, i’m a fat knacker and can’t SS at the momentPosted 6 years agocRaNkEnStEinSubscriber
‘Tiz 1 of 3 bikes in the stable and drifts in and out of favour(XC HT and AM FS being the others). Agree with much of what has been said about ss shifting the focus from kit/bike to simply riding. Zero-maintenance is another definite bonus. In the right terrain it’s as quick as a geared bike and usually better on the short hills due to the attack, attack, attack attitude you can’t help but develop. Currently loving it!Posted 6 years ago
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