What made you try single speed?
Clean looks, lightweight, cheap, less maintenance. Bought one just in curiosity, to use up some spares, and to scratch the n+1 itch.
When I look at a geared bike with suspension and dropper (althought I have one and love it in it’s own right) I see all the parts as expendable as they wear out, my rigid ss is just there with no dramas attached so it’s quite a nice bike to have.
Want a sscx bike now.Posted 4 years agogurufredMember
I agreed to race a SS category a couple years ago, on a bike that I can convert between geared/SS. Never converted it back. Love it.Posted 4 years ago
Also in my opinion it’s nowhere near as difficult as most people actually think it really is. Just involves a bit more out of the saddle riding!takisawa2Subscriber
Simplicity, both in terms of it’s mechanical function & the riding style it suits. Riding a bike, for me, is about getting out there & without starting to sound all evangelical; it’s just the simplicity of it. You pedal…& that’s it.
I’ll be the first to defend gears as SS doesn’t suit everyone. Hey, your out on a bike & I’m my book that’s what counts.Posted 4 years agodroflufMember
I’d just built my road bike when I got sent to New York for a year with work. I didn’t know what storage I’d have and didn’t want it left chained to a lamppost in Manhattan so I bought a cheap singlespeed road bike from Bikesdirect. Probably the best value bike I’ve ever had. Did my first century on it!
When I came to get my 29er I wanted an Alfine 11 on it but as Shimano kept delaying the release I had it built as a singlespeed to tide me over. That was 3 years ago….
I ran my roadbike with 3×10 for a while, then put on the Alfine 8 that I’d bought for the 29er but found I preferred singlespeed. Roadbike’s now singlespeed too.
Having said that when I get my fatbike in the spring I’ll probably run that geared. Before I sold my Pugsley I found singlespeed too hard in the winter, in the dry it was fine but in the mud climbing out of the saddle just made the wheel spin so I like gears to be able to keep my weight back.Posted 4 years agoti_pin_manMember
Got to llandegla one day for a group ride and realised my fork was goosed. Went to shop and they only had one bike I could borrow .. A full Sus Kona SS. Rode it that day and kicked ass on the climbs. Loved the fact it forced me just to power up. MTFU. So then converted one of my stable to SS and never looked back.Posted 4 years agotazzymtbMember
I got pissed off with the cost and hassle of watching lovley expensive xtr clad full boingy things get eaten by cannock grinding paste and peak district gritty bearing killer winters. Got a cheapo on one years ago and loved it then discovered that gears and suspension were getting used less and less even for massive hilly days out. .went big wheel and the truth was revealed. ….I’m still a mincing queen with no riding skills…just on a bike with bigger wheels 😀Posted 4 years agospooky_b329Member
Mild peer pressure, couple of false starts getting bored with it and putting the gears back on for a while, finally committed to it when our clubs ‘singlespeed only’ Welsh Roadtrip became an annual event.
I know I’m converted cos I’ve done group rides as the only singlespeeder and still enjoyed it without needing the motivation of riding with like minded souls.Posted 4 years agocoolhandlukeSubscriber
Curiosity and a cheap s/h bike from here.
It was ok but very very dull as a commuter bike which is what it was bought for. Never contemplated riding it off road seriously as I’m way too lazy.
Mrs Coolhandluke liked it as it was simple to ride, no gears.
Also, tried a 29er SS but bought an Alfine for it after a bit.Posted 4 years agotmb467Subscriber
Was given an old frame and needed a commuter
It came with SS sprocket and tensioner so I kept it after the respray. Rigid commuter was great fun to ride but not so good off road. So I put some wide bars and some RC36s on it and it rocks
Really good for local rides in autumn – simplicity and suitability for local stuff keeps me riding itPosted 4 years agoYakSubscriber
About 5-6 years ago, I was out riding with dot from here and he’d cobbled together a singlespeed. At the first notable hill he shot up it, leaving me and the rest for dust. When we eventually got to the top he was hunched over trying not to be sick and looked awful. I thought wow!- look what a singlespeed can do and look what it does to you. I was intrigued, so cobbled one together myself.Posted 4 years ago
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