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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:25 am 
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dunno, but If people like it, why not?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:46 am 
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To shove in my two penn'orth:
1 It makes you work harder, so you get fitter and tolerate pain better.
2 Losing speed from braking gets punished, you learn to corner faster
3 You get a crazy light bike just by dumping all that gear rubbish
4 It's amazing how much you don't need gears...

Now, if I lived in Norway and had to winch my way out of a fjord every ride, I wouldn't have one. But I don't.

OF COURSE it's not faster than a geared bike, all other things being equal. But it's not very much slower, indeed less than you would think!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:25 am 
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hamster wrote:
To shove in my two penn'orth:
1 It makes you work harder, so you get fitter and tolerate pain better.
2 Losing speed from braking gets punished, you learn to corner faster
3 You get a crazy light bike just by dumping all that gear rubbish
4 It's amazing how much you don't need gears...


Agree with all the above, plus I'd like to add......

5 Contrary to what those who haven't tried it seem to think, I find it easier on my body (back, knees) than riding a geared bike. Not so much time spent in the saddle is what makes the difference.
6 You have to be more proactive, become more "at one" with the bike, especially on a rigid singlespeed (the best kind....).
7 You can build a really nice, light rigid singlespeed for not a lot of money - conversley they also lend themselves to being really trick. Look at the beautiful cranks, chainrings, sprockets and hubs out there.
8 Silence!!! 8) - well apart from CK or Hope rear hubs, but that's different.....

And before anyone asks - no, I don't use one in Greece (where there are real mountains) but that's only because I don't have one there. However, if I can find another medium Hummingbird frame (or something as nice) I'll build another to send out there. Or take my Carver 69er... :idea:


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:48 am 
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I went single speed when I could afford to keep overhauling the drivetrain. Thetford sand/grit equalled gears that worked well for a short time. Generally every year I had a big bill for cogs, chain, chain rings and cables never lased too long. So the bike wnet from 27 to 9 speed and then single speed as and when various bits wore out. I have never looked back. No I have a bike I do not have to fettle and require almost no maintance.

SS is low cost and fun. You can build a damm good SS for not alot of money. My last cost me less than £200 and than including building wheels and powder coating the frame.

I want to build a light weight one next maybe with a carbon frame with track ends. If one does not exist I think I want to get one made.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:04 pm 
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I love mine 8)

karma/parts bin/el cheapo but worth just as much (emotionally) as any of my others and gets ridden a damn sight more!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:01 pm 
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the cost thing should not be ignored, it is not the primary reason (for me anyway), but for example, on my SS commuter, the drivetrain on my last one survived 4 and a half years of daily commuting before I replaced it and total cost for NEW replacement parts ~£20

chain £1.99 KMC (special offer on CRC)
freewheel £4.99
chainring £12.99

contrast that to my colleague who has to stump up for a yearly £70 drivetrain replacement, and that's buying bargain bits.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:27 pm 
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Lots of folk build them as a rescue bike type thing, then use them as basic get around bikes......perfect use I reckon.

Don't think my current one has needed adjusted in anyway or needed any parts in the 2yr or so it's been built, and to think its been a bike I bought new in 1999 it's certainly not costing me anything.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:40 pm 
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I've noticed that the jockey wheels don't wear out on my SS. Good enough reason for me.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:56 pm 
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I don't have jockey wheels so thats even cheaper.


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bm0p700f wrote:
I don't have jockey wheels so thats even cheaper.


I dont have a mech or shifter or long chain nigh on free comparatively.


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