A question for those of you that single speed
Do you find you have more than one SS bike?
I’ve SS’ed for 6 or so years now.
Part of the original draw was less maintenance – rigid HT.
Despite being the worlds worst SS’er I do enjoy it.
I now have three SS bikes: rigid steel, front squish steel, carbon thing. All hard tails.
This is starting to fly in the face of the maintenance thing.
Help me feel better by regaling me of stories of multiple SS bikes.
Pics always help ……
Thanks, MPosted 4 years agocurlie467Member
I have a SS DMR trailstar, used to be rigid but now has suspension, my forearms like it more!Posted 4 years ago
Got a SS Rockhopper that is the school run and trundling around bike, not really SS as it has a 32 and a 42 at the front and I run an old mech as a tensioner with enough chain to change rings at the front, it works well, no slipping so i have a big gear for road duties and a little gear when I need it!
Also will be building up and old steel Kona, this too will be SS!Andy RSubscriber
I’ve just got one singlespeed – rigid, steel. And, flying in the face of all this low maintenance ethos, it is always the cleanest (although the most ridden), best prepared and has the nicest componentry of any of my bikes.Posted 4 years ago
It’s going out in about half an hour for my first singlespeed ride since returning from Greece – the forecast calls for pain… 😥cpSubscriber
No I just have the one, I’ve tried SS road a couple of times and just don’t get on with it. But winter MTB it just works for me.
It started as a donor bike with all the knackered stuff off other bikes, but has ‘progressed’ slightly and is now quite nice (for me, for a winter rat bike), with a scandal 26er frame, Kona P2 TB, hope/Mavic wheels, On one SS c/ring, XT 785 brakes etc…
I’ll be out on it this afternoon 🙂Posted 4 years agoon and onSubscriber
I REALLY want to build a cannondale scalpel 2012 frame and carbon lefty into a 27.5 single speed.
I have a geared version and it’s just such a great bike. The 27.5 wheels could just squeeze into the frame so make sense to give them a try 🙂
Much spendy for an experiment thowPosted 4 years agotazzymtbMember
4 at the moment..a jones, a black sheep ti, a fat bike and a cx bike…need a road bike and oneday I may turn into a weak wristed mincer, shave my beard and get one with suspension 8O. I couldn’t be one of founding idiots of one cog and organsing the ssuk champs with less than that it would be just plain wrongPosted 4 years agokcalSubscriber
one (the ‘original’) SS, Kona Kilaeua chopped and dropped, MTB, currently rigid though have had it squishy.
Liked that so much, and had option on a mate’s Stumpjumper, thought I’d play about with that — currently it’s a mongrel drop barred MTB with slickish tyres and fixed cog… use that for road blasts, though have been on a autumn 75 mile ‘spin’ before and been fine..Posted 4 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
2 here, although one is in pieces in the loft as a long-term project.
fully rigid ’95 Kona Cindercone (in the loft)
fully suspended Kona A which was such an effort to build and maintain it goes against the keep-it-simple ideology of SS. Its bloody good fun though, but is more of a summer bike than a winter bike.
The problem of SS in the winter is high-torque + mud = no traction. Hub-gears FTW…Posted 4 years agoD0NKSubscriber
Don’t really see my commuter (ss cx) as another SS bike, it’s my transport, a necessity, so doesn’t really count.
Kinda tempted to have a pimpy lightweight one and a rigid winter one, was considering turning the geared hardtail into winter SSer but turned it into a winter FSer instead 🙂
how do you find the belt drive in mud ir_bandito? That’s not the maintenance you just mentioned is it?
The problem of SS in the winter is high-torque + mud = no traction
you’re doing it wrong 😉Posted 4 years agomattbeeSubscriber
Only one ATM but I’m currently considering building a second.Posted 4 years ago
Mine is a Thorn Raven and is a bit ungainly in the tight twisty stuff so I’m looking at long travel fork based more playful stuff, saving the thorn for South Downs or New Forest based pootling. Only ‘need’ the frame, rest of the bits currently lurking in shed…jobroSubscriber
I have twoPosted 4 years ago
A real rat bike.1985 (I think. Its frame number is 3)Roberts DOGS BOLX rigid ,steel and canti braked.This is now relegated to the Tarka trail bike or poodling with the wife, although its done all of the big drops on Exmoor and Dartmoor.
Trek 69er which I was riding on the Quantocks but a few hours ago getting very muddy. The Trek probably counts as my favorite bike ever.SprocketJockeyMember
I had 4 at one point… 😳
Just the Surly 1×1 at the moment. Previously also had a drop bar SS Cotic RoadRat which I traded shortly after moving to Dartmoor for a geared Karate Monkey.
Am currently considering switching the Karate Monkey to single speed for the winter though so go figure!
I’ve got an itch to build up a cheap fixie too.Posted 4 years ago
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