- Talk to me about single speed.
built myself a rigid fork singlespeed to see what all the fuss was about.Posted 4 years ago
i live in a hilly area, gave it a good few go’s. and decided not for me.
could not see the point really. it was not a fixed gear though.
a lot of freewheeling with a noisy hope hub got on my nerves after a while.
gears where invented for a reason.
nice light uncluttered bike though.BenHouldsworthMember
It’s a bit marmite but I’ve been riding singlespeed for 5 years now and whenever I put gears on I miss only having one very quickly.
There are days when gears make sense, like a day in the Lakes, but round Yorkshire I seem to cope fine with just one.
As has been said there are times when you’ll be spinning like crazy on the flats but most of the time the singlespeeders I ride with tend to be as fast if not faster than the geared riders and those on Strava are all hanging around the top 5 places.
I have to say though that while I’d say I’m a strong singlespeed rider I’ve not seen that strength translate to my road riding and turning over big road gears seems to require a different type of fitness.Posted 4 years agoAlcopopMember
have ridden singlespeed for the past 7 years I did buy a carbon full suss in the summer 30 gears and all thatPosted 4 years ago
spent a few weeks flat on my arse as i struggled to get used to the gears again now i quite enjoy it but I still enjoy the S/S the simplicity of of one gear is a good thing i don’t struggle to much on the hills i run 32/18
i also commute 130 miles a week on a S/S road bike bit of a Gluton for punishment ….and yeah the facial hairs coming on a treat xdanielgrovesMember
I built one over the summer, with the idea of having it as a rigid 29er to complement my 1*10 full-suss.
It’s a very different game, initially it hurt like hell climbing. Not so much in the legs, but my lungs. I felt like I was about the puke them up. Now, though, I’ve gotten used to it, the bike is fast and light, something I really like. It is slower on the flat, but on the down I’m as fast as everyone else (despite being rigid… its amazing what difference those bigger wheels make) and on the ups I leave them all behind.
I still prefer the full-suss for the local woods type runs though, or anything really rough/steep for that matter.
The whole zero-maintainance thing is great. Permanently caked in mud, and it works the same as when clean, unlike the full-suss which needs to be looked after to work properly.
Love it, but I’m still undecided if I would only own a SS or not.Posted 4 years agoandrewhMember
Got an SS as my winter bike.Posted 4 years ago
It will never be as fast as a geared bike but it can be a lot of fun. The big advantage is low maintenance. Mine is rigid and I find I miss the suspension more than the gears.
Surprisingly good fun to ride. I have two sprockets to allow for a (very!) manual gear change, although that is a workshop job, I have a flat gear and a hilly gear. I lose out more on the downs than the ups though regardless of gear.
If you want to try one it be done for pretty much free.
Remove shifters and cables.
Remove cassette, and select which sprocket you want.
Use plastic plumbing pipe or old cassette spacers to pack out the rear hub around the chosen sprocket, cassette spacers are best as you can move them around easier to get the chainline right.
Remove granny and big rings if applicable (may require purchase of shorter chainring bolts, less than a fiver)
Shorten chain by appropriate amount.
Set rear mech limit screws to hold it in place by the sprocket, works fine as a tensior.
Set front mech limit screws to use as a chain guide.
Ride it. If you like do it properly, if you don’t reverse the above procedures.bob_summersMember
Bad: If you pride yourself on clearing difficult/techy climbs, SS isn’t for you. You can’t put power down discerningly, it’s all or nothing.
Otherwise, all good. You adapt, it’s about the least suitable bike for my trails (Basque Country/Lower Pyrenees) but I persevere.Posted 4 years agoSpinMember
Disagree, that’s down to technique
Sure, technique helps and it’s amazing what you can get up. However, there comes a point when in order to keep moving you’ve got to really push and that’s when you start breaking traction especially if you’re standing up. With gears you’d just shift down, spin a bit more and maintain traction.Posted 4 years ago
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