- How many people ride ss as their only bike?
I keep coming back to the idea, so I thought I’d ask how many people have done it/ are doing it! (Safety in numbers!)
I’m not too worried about the ups (I enjoy them more on the ss anyway and I don’t mind walking if I need to) – but will I enjoy the descents less? That’s the only thing stopping me really…
(… well that and the nagging worry that I totally regret it and have to rebuild my bike again!)Posted 8 years ago
BigJohn/Stoner – how do you find descents? I’m worried that I’m gonna find them slow in comparison to on a geared bike. I know the answer is to ride my current ss (second bike) to the trail centres and see how I find them, but I’m just intrigued as to how other people get on. (fwiw, my road bike is a ss too – and I love it)
Plus, I don’t want to spend weeks riding my second bike when my best bike is soo lovely…Posted 8 years ago
Ah sorry Sharki! Bit insensitive I know! You might be surprised how much fitness you retain though… how long til you heal do they reckon?
(btw, when you’re up to it we might have a few days work for you if your interested? Nothing exciting but we could put you up and feed you for the few days so you wouldn’t have any overheads)Posted 8 years agomamadirtMember
Singlespeed as an only bike is great. Simple – no worries about being on the wrong bike or the wrong gear, low maintenance – fantastic. I did it for years, fully rigid, hardtail and full-sus . . . then I discovered 9 speed, full-sus this time last year and, well I won’t say the bubble burst, but riding back to the top for another go instead of pushing was so much easier. Never felt the need for gears on the downhills, you just get used to pumping for speed in the swoopy stuff and try to brake less.
Tried to go back last week – built up a lovely rigid singlespeed Kona Cowan jump bike, rode it once – absolute blast in my local woods . . . but it’s on ebay now :<(. My only rigid singlespeed is now my BMX and I’m sticking with 4″ travel and 9 gears for everything else. There, I said it 😉Posted 8 years agoStonerSubscriber
JJ – on a SS, you stop thinking about speed so much. You do spend more time think about conservation of momentum and gravity though. Not literally of course, but “naturally”.
Decents are little different.
The flats are where it differs most and that is where most anti-SS feelings come in. If your’e riding in a group then you may have toruble keeping up etc, thats not good. But I do most of my riding either alone or with my ride buddy who also rides SS, so even on the flat road bits we’ll happily bimble along at the same pace.
Riding for fun isnt a race.
Decending at speed is a functino of gravity for most, and is independent of your gear system.
Climbing is what you want to make of it.
I like riding SS.Posted 8 years ago
I ride Rohloff geared when I think it would make more sense/be more fun/not be so silly
Cheers, ‘J’ dunno, i’ve got fracture clinic tomorrow, no doubt they’ll do nothing for a few weeks then decide to book me in for surgery in a few months time….
I’m loving the way work is coming in now i’m out of action….lol.
Chin up and all that.
generally fitness i’ll retain but ss strength can only be retained from riding imho.Posted 8 years ago
Fair enough Mama Dirt – if I do go for it I doubt I’ll do it forever, maybe just for a year (or less?!) or maybe leave the idea until winter and do it then?
I have no idea about ‘pumping’ a bike, so would have to learn some new skills. braking less is surprisingly effect though I agree (although lately I have tried it out on my daily commute with some not so great results!)
We’ll see – on Sat we’re off to Spain for a week so I’ll probably come back wanting a 5″ full suss!Posted 8 years ago
Yeah, sorry Sharki mate – me and Mike chatted about it the other week and decided to make you the offer but as the work won’t be ready to do for a few weeks we hadn’t bothered mentioning it.
Yeah, you’re probably right re fitness, still I guess you’ll have to see how long you’ll be out of the saddle. Really do feel for you mate.Posted 8 years ago
cheers hopster, as i found on the big stw ride at the weekend, if you’ve the strength and stoopidity, ss doesn’t restrict you, but it can be unsociable as you need to ascend at the pace easiest for you, that usually means more rest time at the top 😉
No worries, if you can hold on i’ll get fixed and get fixing up yer houses asap.Posted 8 years agomamadirtMember
We’ll see – on Sat we’re off to Spain for a week so I’ll probably come back wanting a 5″ full suss!
Oh dear! You’ve just brought it all back. This time last year I’d just built up lovely Cove Stiffee (singlespeeded of course) – missed it like crazy when we visited my sister in Alora last Easter, but ended up posting a ‘what rear mech’ post on here from my laptop 😉 – can’t imagine anyone wanting to s/s over there. Anyway on my return I promptly ordered a lovely new Kona Coiler and the rest, as they say, is history. Wonder if I can cram the Tazer into my hand luggage when we go back this year . . . hmmmmm.Posted 8 years agonickcSubscriber
If you go riding with the idea that you’re not going to enjoy it because you can’t do something, then you’re not going to enjoy, right?
SS isn’t necessarily about speed, but if your riding is, then it’s the probably the wrong bike TBH. Stoner’s explanation is about where I am with SS.Posted 8 years agojimmersSubscriber
Inbred SS and Spesh Tricross SS.
I either gear down (32/18) for Wales and enduros or run it as a 1×9 setup for a period in the summer for weekend trips.
Cheap as chips and loads of fun, plus it allows the brain to enjoy the ride rather than worrying about what gear to use!Posted 8 years agojonbMember
Would be interested in how poeple cope with group rides. THinking of it for next winter as a lot of the stuff we do is very muddy and it ate my drive chain. Unfortunately it’s mostly flat but I may just compensate with a higher gear. Currently do 41:16 on my commuter which gets me up everything easily enough.Posted 8 years agofirestarterSubscriber
i ran only a ss for quite a few years even when i was in the alps and it was fine as john says really its the long flats that kill you. but as my money increased and my bike collection did i got gears and still had an ss but a few months ago i sold the ss and only have geared bikes now. (i have an ss wheel for the crosscheck and an ss kit for the hardtail but dunno if i’ll ever use them again as im so used to gears now)Posted 8 years agoSinglespeedpunkMember
Yep, singlespeed since 1997 and s/s only since 2004 (when I sold my Mav ML7 – “IT”)
OS Bikes Blacbuck singlespeed (Mav SC32, Juicy7’s, 32:20)
Solitude 29er fixed gear drop-bar monster 34/36 – 18/20 dinglespeed
The only thing that hold me back are my crap skills and fitness, not the bike!
SSPPosted 8 years agoRudeBoyMember
I probbly ride my SS more than my geared bike, as it’s less hassle. The SS is the bike I can just grab and go, whereas the geared seems to need checking over a lot more; it needs to be kept clean, too, which is a pain, during our muddy winters. I can just bash the dried mud off the SS, bung a bit of oil on’t chain, and off I go.
Somewhere like Epping, the SS is perfect, as it’s pretty flat. Swinley does not in any way have any major climbs, even the Wall is doable. As for the descents, well, they’re the twisty turny type, so you’re not actually getting up to big ring speed, really. More just let go of the brakes and steer. And the Labyrinthy bits have climby sections, so it’s about being smooth, which I find the SS makes me concentrate more on.
Wales, and anywhere with proper hills, I’d takes the geared bike. I’m no masochist. Gears were invented for good reason.Posted 8 years agophildowlingMember
Ridden gears twice in the last 2 years 8O. Once was Solo 24 at Bontrager last year, the 2nd was a dealer Demo day at work for the day.
Quite strange when you start to think…bloody hell when was the last time i used my thumb on a bike! Guess that’s why my HiFi is up for sale for a Ti ss 🙄Posted 8 years agooldgitMember
S/S only here with no problems.
I opted out of fully rigid for a little more flexibility, now I use a lightweight 100mm that adjusts from lockout to all mountain.
I’m a southerner chilterns actually, Sunday I’m off a full day in the Peaks and I’ve just slipped on an 18 to ease the way.
No issues really.Posted 8 years ago
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