Singlespeed vs geared, which is faster?
A racer will be faster with gears as they will pick the gear that makes them go fastest
A pootler will go fatter single speed as they pick the gear that makes it easiest.
Off road at least I am faster on a single speed as I have to sprint up hills instead of sitting and spinning.Posted 5 years ago
fast riders are fast….regardless of the bike.
On fastest race lap times I’m quicker geared, but also know on longer endurance races I finish higher on SS as it stops me going absolutely batshitmental on the first few laps and then hurting like a hurty thing and means I can keep a really consistently good time each lap.
So for me..short xc races= gears
long enurance things SSPosted 5 years ago
I haven’t ridden a geared bike for years, one of the reasons I like SS is the fact that you’re forced to attack the hills. I wonder whether I have the mental fortitude to maintain a fast uphill pace when the option of changing down a gear is available. I hang my head 😐Posted 5 years agoKryton57Subscriber
I think so dsa. Don’t get me wrong I’m talking about 2 bikes – one a dedicated SS 32/18, the other a 2x 10 geared. I’m just saying that in order to get up the hills faster I’m resisting the temptation to change up beyond SS ratios.
I’m not simulating a SS permanently if that’s what you mean.Posted 5 years ago
That said a good rider on a SS will be an average rider with gears.
noooo a fast SS rider will be faster with gears as they’ve learned how to keep a high cadence, suffer like a dog, sprint all climbs and the special secret of SS maintain flow and momentum.
see SS makes a man of you, gears are for ….*looking for phrase…it will come to me in a minute*Posted 5 years agomonkeyfudgerMember
My well maintained TCR (geared) is about 2mph faster average over my normalish commutes but my fixie Langster with a very dodgy BB/back wheel, rusted chain and worn pedals is faster up the 3 Strava segmented hills that the commute takes in, make of that what you will, I’ll add that’s it’s very frustrating and makes me hate the TCR!Posted 5 years agotinybitsMember
Over a long distance, gears should allow you to be more efficient and crucially, keep the same power output going on the flat / downhill as on the ups. However I, as most do, use gears to slack it up hill and cruise along the flat whilst still freewheeling down. Granny gear ftw!Posted 5 years agorockymerlinMember
On a geared bike i do my 11.86 mile route in roughly 57min (in winter). On my ss bike I do it in roughly 1 hour 2 min. Same route every time. Many factors affect this, wind speed, diet, how much over time i’ve done that week, how much cycling i’ve done. The route is 80% off road with some very tough climbs, one being a river- mostly end up dismounting and running this. I would say gears are faster, s.s much more satisfying.Posted 5 years agoron jeremyMember
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Muke- it’s not about fun!! it’s about the deadly earnest business of riding a bicycle…no fun allowed….on puritanicalbicyclemiserytrackworld or you may end up being accused of being a slacker nichewhore
Oh can I be a slacker niche whore, I’ve got my own stick on beard and even more than one pair of sandals..Posted 5 years agomaxtorqueMember
Surely it depends upon the what your legs power curve looks like?
If you can only develop peak power at one rotational speed, then you will be quicker when geared (as you can pedal at that speed no matter what your ground speed) or if you can provide the same power (note power, not force/torque!) across multiple rotational speeds then you will be fine on an SS.Posted 5 years ago
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