- Riding nothing but a Singlespeed.
meehaja-when you find one ,57ish tt….HOLLER!!!I want one so bad.Actually I'm thinking more monstercross-more or less cx but clearance for 40c tyre and discs.I tend to get carried away when I ride off road on the cx (its been round cyb!!).Will end up getting a custom but its difficult finding someone who can meet my requirements/expectations.My money is on 18bikes at the mo.Posted 8 years agoShibbolethMember
"out of interest… will riding a ss bring my fitness up quicker than with gears?"
You can try singlespeeding without any outlay whatsoever by following these 3 simple steps.
1. Select a gear (any gear, it doesn't really matter – it's going to be the wrong one 90% of the time).Posted 8 years ago
2. Cut both of your thumbs off.
I've only just started ss'ing about 2 months ago. I quite enjoy it on my local rides, as it's sort of rollercoastery, no excessive climbs, all can be blasted up.
I really don't enjoy it on my commute though, as I'm spinning like a madman, and getting nowhere. I'll eventually go to a faster gearing, but I'm not ready for it offroad yet.
Feel like a right divot hammering legs round on the way to work, and doing about 15mph!.Posted 8 years agowarpcowMember
Yep. Been doing it for 5yrs now… but… knees don't like it anymore so the bike's in bits right now waiting for a 1×9 setup. It was good while it lasted though. I'm gonna miss climbing like a rat up drainpipe while everyone else grinds it out in the grannyring 😥
Not looking forward to gears again. Ridden a few mates bikes recently and just can't get the hang of keeping momentum up without my gear.Posted 8 years ago
Interesing, was wondering if there are certain rules that have to be followed before you can call yourself a singlespeeder, ie length of time riding one or not owning a geared bike. That sort of thing. Thinking there will be some folks that say you can't call yourself a singlespeeder if you also ride a bike with gears. At the SSUK champs a couple of years ago I was struck by how many little gangs there were. It felt like there were different levels of Singlespeeding, dependant on how long you had been doing it for and how niche your bike was. Had a great time but felt like you had to serve a long apprenticship before you would be truly accepted.Posted 8 years ago
theres prob a lot of truth in that whether its conscious or not
cant abide folk that take it too seriously and by that i dont mean expensive bikes* but people who think its somehow anything other than playing about on bikes at the end of the day
*quite the opposite, the folk i know with expensive ss bikes are lots of fun and v down to earthPosted 8 years ago
I think what happens is a lot of folks ride singlespeed to be a bit more individual or hardcore and to increase that you then have to go fully rigid or get a 29er or fit some funny shaped handlebars or grow extravagent facial hair:wink: I met some top folks at SSUK at Drumlanrig especially everybody that did the big Saturday ride, got the feeling that most of the folks out on that day were relatively new to it.Posted 8 years ago
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