- there`s a lot of em!
Do both! get a Specialized Tricross Single.
I know it's a spesh but they really are quite good. Just sold mine that have been commuting on for 2 years (job move :().
They are quick(ish) comfortable and easy to maintain. If your commute is anywhere near as pot hole ridden as mine was, it's absolutely ideal.Posted 8 years agobirdoMember
single speed road bikes that is. every where i look their doing them. kona, charge,cotic,on one,giant dolan and pearson to name but a few .now i want a road/cyclocross machine but i find myself being lured more towards one of these.i do live in the relative flatlands of Norfolk so i don't have to worry about hauling up big hills but i m not sure of the benefits. does anyone have one of these ? are they a good idea or am i just being fooled by trendy advertising ?Posted 8 years agothumbieMember
Well worth a plunge IMHO. I don't get the fashion angle of these with the narrow dildo bars etc, & too often people seem to fix on this image, but as a simplistic idea they are fab. I started with a Bianchi Pista in 2007 as I loved the retro styling. Fitted some Nitto drops & that is the only change, apart from rear sprocket tinkering. It comes as a 48 x 16 stock set-up, which was slightly high – now at 48 x 20, with 48 x 18 getting put on if I'm up to the extra work. Rides great & it just gives a different angle to riding on the road. Just under 40 mile commute in total.Posted 8 years agokelvinSubscriber
i just think it would maybe be frustrating to only have one gear on a road bike but they are the nice looking bikes imho.
Then get a bike that can be run either singlespeed or geared. That way, if you don't get on with it as a singlespeed you can just throw gears on it. This is sort of the idea behind the built up ROADRAT. The rear hub has a full size shimano splined freehub body, so you can put a cassette on it; there is full routing for gear cables; and the hubs and frame can take discs if you want.Posted 8 years agoaracerSubscriber
It is said that Norfolk road club runs would have been mostly on fixed gears all year round until well into the 70s.
Well it would make sense there. Makes a lot less sense here, hence why the fixed sits unloved in the garage (got ridden a lot more before we moved to the top of a hill).Posted 8 years ago
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