SS road bike, am I mad (pompino content)
I’m going over to the dark side:
I fancy building up a single speed (not a fixie) road bike for use on B roads. I’m hoping to be riding around the Pennines and into Leeds way. What mileage could I accomplish in one ride? Is an On One pompino any good for my purposes?
or will I need a proper aluminium geared road bike?
Cheers MTPosted 4 years agomatty456Member
I’ve got a SS pomper and I love it. Mostly for its simplicity. I’ve got 44 / 16 gearing and it’s good for road, don’t spin out much. Hills are a bit if a challenge sometimes, also use it cx got schwable cx tyres which are also good for road. Flip flop hub for fixed too. Bit of a multi use bike you might say!Posted 4 years agooldnpastitSubscriber
If you ever enter any kind of Sportive you’ll have to accept that on all the long draggy climbs or slogs into the wind you will have a little following of geary riders sucking on your wheel, but that as soon as the road points upwards, or there’s a gentle downhill with a following wind, they will all disappear leaving you once again on your own.Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
Fixed. Anyone else is just pretending. I ride 100+ miles a week on mine, mainly commuting. Now riding 48:16 (or 48:15 on lighter wheels) but it’s not too hilly where I live. Geared for 19 mph (cadence = speed x 4.5). The standard 42:16 you will see recommended is better for hillier terrain (cadence = speed x 5), but I felt held back on the flat.
Depending on terrain, rides of 40 miles should be fine, even with downhills. My longest day is a 43 mile commute each way including the Col du Northolt. Which is a grind. With twin panniers.
Geared is for training, races and sportives when I want to keep up. But I still ride a 19 mph chain gang on fixed.
Oh and the pompino is heavy. I’d look for a Langster for lightness. Or a Kona Paddy Waggon for loveliness.Posted 4 years agopaul4stonesSubscriber
You’ll be fine but I think the compromises with SS are greater on the road. Riding alone is fine but in a group or with friends requires some application, or draughting 🙂
I got a pomp frame at Christmas in the sale and I’m v happy with it. Is not light or fast but comfortable and relaxed – perhaps a mountain bikers road bike.Posted 4 years ago
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