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Old 08-07-2008, 05:05 PM   #1
Brian Todd Hassler
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Single speed bikes?

I was just curious if anyone had any info regarding the reasoning behind a single speed bike. I have ditched my car and have been biking to work since end of april (approx. 20 miles a day) and have seen a modest weight loss (about 25 lbs) and big gains in my crossfit. I am really getting into the biking and would like to know more about the single speed aspect. Thanks.
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Old 08-07-2008, 05:08 PM   #2
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Re: Single speed bikes?

(Single Speeds) February 2006 (42) CrossFit Journal article.
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Old 08-07-2008, 05:11 PM   #3
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Re: Single speed bikes?

To be honest, much of the appeal is asthetical. It is a return to simplicity. The bikes look cleaner and are much quieter. I love the idea of single speed and have been riding fixed for a few months now. I can see no tangible benefit other than the ones I have mentioned...and its cool. Despite this, I will continue to ride fixed (keeping a multi-geared bike in the closet).
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:58 PM   #4
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Re: Single speed bikes?

You will get stronger on a single speed bike. I had ridden one in the Spring last year to improve leg strength/power on the bike and it paid off. With road bikes gears are all about finding an efficient way to go fast, with single speed if it is windy you are forced to gut it out. Off road I have no idea.
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Old 08-07-2008, 08:58 PM   #5
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I'll comment from the perspective of a mountain bike rider, but my comments apply to road riding as well.

Single speed biking is an awesome workout, as it forces you to climb out of the saddle and learn to conserve momentum. You simply cannot remain seated and power up over any sort of hill, and you learn very quickly that you have to keep pedaling to maintain momentum.

A small component of MTB riders do it for simplicity's sake; some because the perceive it as being cool. Most do it because it is a different type of riding than what they normally do, and it provides a different sort of challenge. Combine this with a larger 29" wheel and you have an even more potent workout. There is a local team of 29er single speed riders here that regularly smokes the other riders at the races.

I personally think single speeds make a lot of sense when you are riding varied terrain; less so on the flats. And choosing the right gearing can be a little tricky, but it really comes down to picking the right cog for your terrain.

All my comments refer to bikes with freewheels and NOT fixies (fixed gear bikes).
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Old 08-08-2008, 04:34 AM   #6
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Re: Single speed bikes?

I like that it's a bit smoother and quieter.
And the simplicity of the bike itself.

And living in Florida - where there's no hills - pushing 52/16 is plain fun.
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Re: Single speed bikes?

I like it because I'm cheap.
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Old 08-08-2008, 10:49 AM   #8
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Re: Single speed bikes?

If it is a commuter bike then there is a lot less that can go wrong on a SS bike. It's conveniet if your bike is transportation.
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:11 PM   #9
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Re: Single speed bikes?

Thanks for all the info. It is mostly sidewalk and flat terrain on my ride to work but on the weekends and off days I will do more trail riding and longer bike rides. I was just thinking if I could find a used single speed that I could supplement and vary my rides. It seems like it would make me want to find some hillier routes to increase the training effect if I did get one.
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