To all single speeders…
2 SS and 1 geared (ones a trials bike, does it still count as a SS?!). If your gears grind, skip and ghost shift you need to set it up better, or buy quality parts! Can count on one hand the number of ghost-shifts I’ve had in a decade, and two hands the number of times I@ve had skipping.Posted 8 years agojonbMember
My main Mtb is geared. My commuter is singlespeed. My commuter always works, even after riding through winter with very little maintenance. I have the stuff to singlespeed my mountain bike through the depths of winter to save time in the garage and get more riding. In summer I’ll take the gears though. Enables me to go further faster and they work 99% of the time.Posted 8 years agoDWHMember
I ride SS in the winter and solved the geared faffage on my ‘Summer’ bike by fitting friction thumb-shifters and an 8 speed cassette.
OK, so my gear changes aren’t as swift as with modern indexed shifters but all I have to do is set the high and low stops and with a bit of careful thumb work I can get perfect, sweetly running gears in all conditions.Posted 8 years ago
A question mainly to single speeders (as I dont want abuse from the rest of you as normal)…
Do you just SS or do you also have and ride geared bikes?
I have been single speeding exclusively (other than a longish challenge trip in China) for about two years and I love it!
I convinced myself I needed a geared bike recently and bought a 2nd Alu geared HT. The bike is sweet enough with a good spec but I just hate the gears. The grind away, skip and ghost shift.
I am even considering a full on carbon darkside geared racing bike on the C2W purely because I can (up to £1k) and the single speed version are to niche for halfords and Evans to stock!Posted 8 years agoepicycloSubscriber
No derailleurs here.
Almost all my bikes are singlespeed, but if I want gears I use hub gears. My favourite is the S-A 3 speed. 1 gear for uphill, 1 for the flat, and 1 for downhill. What more could you need?
Hub gears give you the benefits of a straight chainline, and if you set them up so most of your riding is in the direct gear, then it feels almost as good as single speed.Posted 8 years agozaskarMember
I’m converting my SS hardtail into a urban job.
Putting back gears and some slick tyres for shopping or nipping about locally. Might be a stand in for my road/tourer bike if it breaks down.
I guess it could stay a single speed on the road using a bigger chain wheel? It’s just the gears allow me to spin fast in all sorts of weather/gradients.
His ghost shifting could be frame related folks and not his mechanical skills.
I reckon it’s sad someone has to apologise before posting on the forum these days. JeebuzPosted 8 years agosamuriMember
for a while I was exclusively singlespeed. two mountain bikes, one fixed road bike and one fixed cross bike. Then I found I could afford a decent mountain bike so bought a really nice geared handjob (which I don’t ride that often, certainly never in winter). Next came a geared road bike because I felt the need for speed and then a geared cross bike.
Sold a few bikes and now I only have two singlespeed mountain bikes, one geared cross, one geared road and a geared mountain bike. So I’m officially gay now.
The chameleon (singlespeed) gets the most riding for sure though so perhaps I’m just Bi.Posted 8 years agoa11ySubscriber
Predominantly ride an internal geared hardtail (my SS bike but with a different rear wheel), but also own a conventionally-geared hardtail and full susser.
Putting rough percentages on it all:
Internal-geared HT: 50%
Conventional-geared HT: 30%
Geared FS: 15%
SS: 5% 😀
My knees/back just don’t appreciate SS’ing as much nowadays – internal-geared bike is a good compromise for me.Posted 8 years agoDelSubscriber
ride ss inbred every week, if not three times. the weekly night ride ( always ss ) varies 20-30k, 1000m-1500m rise and fall, dependant upon weather and attendance.Posted 8 years ago
have alfined inbred for days when i know there are long grinding climbs. gives a little bit more top end over the ss but is setup to provide low end granny climbing predominantly. 32:20 cogs IIRC.
have a ss drop bar and another flat bar 700c ( one ‘racey’ and one very not, which might get alfined.. ).
have an orange 5 too, conventionally geared 2×9, which i’ve been riding more of lately, to get shaken down for holidays next month, and me more used to riding it. enjoying it. felt comfy straight form the off, but does feel inexplicably like harder work going up, even though i know i’m not blowing out my ar5e half as much when i do top out. 🙂SeanOrangeMember
Used the hardtail as SS over winter, just converted to 1×9 for summer. Also got a 2×9 Orange 5 and a SS steel road commuter. I’ve got a SA 3 speed hub on a 27″ wheel at the back of the garage. I might try fitting it to a 26″ rim to use on the hardtail next winter.Posted 8 years agoBernaardMember
4 bikes here.
Bouncer with gears
HT with gears
Roadie with gears
Have to admit that the one that is used the most is the SS as I commute every day. The simplicity of just getting on and riding is what drew me to it. And a little peer pressure.Posted 8 years ago
The idea was to commute during the summer before trying SS’ing on the trails.
Although after being in the Peak District this weekend I think anything other than trail centres may be a bit OTT for me on a SS.
I will be rigiding it up for the winter though.
ilikebikes – thanks for the tip on the Halfords vouchers; I will check it out 🙂
chela – so the Soda is SS at the mo? How do you achieve that EBB?
samuri – sounds so similar to me; all SS then a slow return to a mixture of gears and SS.
Brownbacks is a bit far for me as I live in KentPosted 8 years agoOllyMember
The grind away, skip and ghost shift.
either your gears arnt set up properly?
or you need to improve your shifting technique?
Not trolling, but ive had 100% silence from mine for the past 6 months, and done litte more than clean it and relube it.
i dont change gear if its not an appropriate time to change, asking it to shift under load is a big no no in my opinion.
shift before you need to, or put up with it and stomp for a few strokes to get enough momentum to take the load off the chain so you can dump all the gears to get back to a spinny gear. (99% of the time predeict the gear and get it shifted just before its required, not as and when its required)
I have 2 SSs and one geared bike.Posted 8 years ago
i reckon they get equal use, so 33% geared and 66% SS riding for me
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