I have gears on the smoke , all seven of them . People seem to think I'm some kind of singlespeed mentalist , but hassling the xc guys on my way home wouldn't be as relaxing if I couldn't just cruise past them in jeans and a tshirt while just turning the gear over .
It is fun being quicker than most other people while out riding with a group . Even more so when every other bike is a full suspension one with allll the gears .
"What happens when you want to go uphill ? "
I pedal harder
" and what about downhill ? "
I pedal faster
I do tend to take offense at my bike being called a " fixie "
I'm clearly coasting , uphill , faster than you . I also prefer the term single ratio , single speed seems to imply slow
Best quote I've seen is " I like to ride my bike , not operate it "
"It also has a seat. I don’t use it, but you probably will for the first few years until you build up the muscle."