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  • A question for those of you that single speed
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    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, M


    Yes, Inbred and Pompino. And yes the same as all bikes, you always need to fix something/change something/buy another one.

    plus one

    Ah the problem is you need more and across all disciplines 🙂 Road and cx ones help 🙂


    I have two at the moment, a rigid 29er Cannondale fat front and a rigid 29er Inbred
    Looking at just having one 😯 that I can swap the forks about, which is probs gonna be the inbred.
    Also that can have, ahem, gears should the need arise.


    I have a SS DMR trailstar, used to be rigid but now has suspension, my forearms like it more!
    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!

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    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.
    It’s going out in about half an hour for my first singlespeed ride since returning from Greece – the forecast calls for pain… 😥

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    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 🙂

    Just bought a Karate Monkey, and judging by the way it rides it may well become my only bike. Cant see me riding any other at the moment. Full susser sold, even considering selling my 1997 Orange P7 that I’ve had since new – the Karate Monkey is soooo good

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    No – just one. And that’s it – nothing else.

    edit, although it would be nice to have a regular cheap ss and then a lighter posh one too. I can see how this might happen.

    Two here. Winter 26″ MTB and road bike. Although I fancy trading in the MTB for as 29er SS.


    Only 3 at the moment but another one on the way?!


    One for off road

    and one for on road

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    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 thow

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    3 at the moment , 1 rigid with cx tyres , 1 front bounce with mud tyres and 1 posh with front bounce and non mud tyres 😀

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    Three here too. Rigid Inbred 29er, C456 with Revs and Hookooekoo commuter. I’m looking for something that would cover what the Inbred and C456 do and I’m thinking it might be a Stooge (or maybe a Nimble 9 or a Jones if I get rich).


    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 wrong

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    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..


    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…

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    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?
    oh and

    The problem of SS in the winter is high-torque + mud = no traction

    you’re doing it wrong 😉


    Ss on winter = fat bike, morw traction than you know what to do with and manly thighs of norse god.

    Surly 1×1 winter snot bike
    Dean Ti 26er dry jumpy trails bike
    Tomac Flint 29er race bike
    Merida MTB with slicks and 50:18 commuter bike


    how do you find the belt drive in mud

    Dunno yet, not got round to taking the Rampage tyres off it and there’s no way I’m using those in these conditions!

    Kona unit 29er rigid and on-one scandal 29er with rebas, commute on ss dolan pre cursa. Old skool all the way 🙂

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    Three here – Kona A-Ha, Kona Paddy Wagon and my Bontrager Race is currently a singlespeed too.
    I’m thinking about 1x10ing the Bontrager for this winter though.


    I miss having no road fixie.


    Took mine up Nan Bield today it was hard but easy to shoulder!

    GOPR0232 by Richard Munro, on Flickr

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    Langster for the flat 5 mile commute is my first as bike and seems OK. Quite liking the limitations.


    Just the one for me. Old Chameleon that does lots of duties – town bike, rides with the 5 year old, rides to the pump track with both boys and then as a mountain bike too. It’s already stiff enough, so I have Rebas. Couldn’t imagine having rigid forks on a Chammy!

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    Just the mtb at present, but tempted to another fixed for the road, then race the local velodrome league in the summer. Also been looking at a singlespeed cross bike just for fun and as a spare pit bike. Think I may be on my way to three.


    Just the one (at the moment)

    @Muke, is it my imagination, or has every single Trek Marlin (single speed or geared) ended up with a Manitou Tower fork?


    Yep, three here (well, technically two – F/S MTB and BMX, plus a two speed kickback coaster cruiser 8) ).

    One ss Hardtail and one ss cross bike.

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    Only one ATM but I’m currently considering building a second.
    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…


    I have two
    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.


    @ belugabob Yep they have either been done or are waiting to be done 😉

    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.

    Just one here.. 😳

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    El Mariachi (my 3rd ss in 14 years) and day 1 disc for commute


    3 here; Singular Pegasus hardtail as a posh ‘un, Salsa El Mariachi as an everyday ‘un and a Surly Steamroller as a commuter ‘un 😀

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    2 here. A Genesis Fortitude for off-road tomfoolery and a Kona Unit for commuting. Both ride very differently.

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