- How often do you ride yer ss?
I ride mine all the time these days as it's only bike i have,don't find the climbs to bad always enjoyed climbing anyway but now with the lack of gears i ain't got no choice pedal or get off,done Ae couple of weeks back and didn't feel i was any slower and yep i do feel a lot fitter, and in these muddy conditions no chain/gears/shifters problems…… ah bliss just pedalling alongPosted 8 years agofontmossMember
do i ride both the same? gearing wise you mean? if so then no, i have a cross bike which i ride to uni and have been riding in its own right until i got the flu recently, its set up 42:16 which is fine but prob too big for any cross races. Also my 29er mtb which has been set up as 34:18 for the last year but im changing to 34:19 because im not riding nearly as much after going back to uni 🙁
EDIT: youre welcome to try both/either if you're near derbyPosted 8 years agotazzymtbMember
2 night rides a week plus weekends on the ss if riding at cannock or macc forest side of the peak district. Bigger/longer (5 hours plus rides) in the mountains I use my geared boingly. Every climb should be hit as hard as possible on a SS, if you get to the top and need to vomit your lungs up and wave them above your head to get more oxygen, then you're at just about the right pace 😀
We always have a "too steep to singlespeed" rule that can be invoked once per ride. Once used you have to attempt everything, even if it results in complete stalls and falling off sideways because ya spds will not release under pressure. It soon makes you fitter and/or rather bruised!!Posted 8 years agoGaryLakeMember
Had a nice ride at Afan, Penhydd and the Wall back-to-back, quite tough as I don't normally take the SS outside of Bristol…
Must say I quite enjoyed passing a big group of expensive full suss owners all scratching their heads at the Graveyard slab section and skipping through with a cheery nod 😀
Did miss my full susser by the end though, bloody knackered and battered lolPosted 8 years agotazzymtbMember
explosioninaspaghettifactory- you are welocme to come riding with us on our non-existant single speeds. infact you may have hit upon a fantastic idea, the only bit that needs changing are brake pads and not actually taking it out will save a fortune. Can we also start a new thread " what ss ratio for being propped up in a garden shed?" 😀Posted 8 years agoRoter SternMember
At this time of the year I am exclusively on my SS for off roading. Where I live there aren't that many hills to climb but once a month I head to the real mountains where some of the climbs are 1 hour plus and I am a stubborn sod when it comes to walking with the bike (I hate doing it). I always use the same 32:16 as I am too lazy to change for different places. So at the moment I do around three night rides a week then one ride at the weekend on my SS and the rest of the time on my cyclo-cross bike.Posted 8 years agonbtMember
I go through phases. ONly ridden it once in the past three months, but then I have just got two new bikes that I've been riding in preference. At one point I rode nothing but SS for ages. Have done 42 miles on it and felt fine, but not for some years. I view it as a challenge, there's only one local climb that I've ridden geared that I've yet to conquer SS: and given that I've not always cleaned it geared and am only 20yards short, I'll have it one day. £32:16, the gear of champions, of course.Posted 8 years agoCountZeroMember
Pretty much every day as it's my main ride to work bike. Now winter's coming in I'll put some air in the tyres on my SS Kona Sutra, 'cos that's got mudguards on, which make a difference riding through the salty crap that gets washed into the gutters. Occasionally I'll get bord and ride the Inbred 567 or the Remedy for the fun of using a 160mm travel bike for commute duties, but soon go back to a lightweight rigid. Actually, the Sutra's bloody heavy for a skinny tyred bike, but it's built like a brick outhouse, and takes any amount of abuse.Posted 8 years agoallankellySubscriber
Which one? My Pomp has been SS this year because I've used it more offroad then it's previous road commuting when it was fixed. My Inbreds are SS (I have 2, one is for sale). So: every day, sometimes 2 SS bikes per day!
I recently got a bit into full-sus bikes, change from a previous "not for me" attitude, and you need gears on those beasties. But on a rigid/hardtail? No, you don't.
And races with beer in are very good.
al.Posted 8 years ago
The topic ‘How often do you ride yer ss?’ is closed to new replies.