Single Speed riders - how many of you are out there?!

by JackBuxton   May 16, 2014  

Hello there!

I've been riding S.s for a couple of years now, and have never come across another S.s rider whilst out on the road! I live in Wiltshire, and was wondering if there is in fact anybody out there!
Maybe a Strava club could be made if there is enough of us, so we could meet up and ride every now and again!

If anyone is interested, let me know Big Grin

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Whats wrong with caining it down hill at 36mph (speed mine spins out at) with a little voice whispering in your ear "I am going to kill you..." ?

posted by MKultra [196 posts]
16th May 2014 - 14:54

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Nothing at allllll Wink Wink Wink

Pffft Gears, who needs them

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posted by JackBuxton [36 posts]
16th May 2014 - 15:01

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MKultra wrote:
Whats wrong with caining it down hill at 36mph (speed mine spins out at) with a little voice whispering in your ear "I am going to kill you..." ?

I was rather unsettled by loss of foot retention recently, I was in the middle of an out of the saddle full gas effort whilst coming down the banking at the velodrome. There was a great sense of relief when pulled my right foot out and got the bike straightened up and then rode the bike round for a couple of laps with my legs hanging out the back in a semi Superman pose whilst it slowed down.

Acceptable on the track, not so much fun on your way home from the pub.

posted by farrell [1281 posts]
16th May 2014 - 15:23

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I ride SS instead of fix and still get plenty of benefit.

So there Smile

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1219 posts]
16th May 2014 - 15:41

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But they have invented gears now, that or ride fixed, single speed docks at least twelve cool points

posted by lolol [114 posts]
16th May 2014 - 17:22

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Fixed. Though the question then is what ratio does one push.

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posted by giff77 [1036 posts]
16th May 2014 - 18:32

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I ride fixed in winter for anti skid, and obviously......on the track!

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posted by Flying Scot [455 posts]
16th May 2014 - 19:35

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Ride fixed when about town, though I have considered SS for the confidence going downhill, but I enjoy the sensation of fixed. Really helps my road cadence and pedal action. I push a 48-19

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posted by Miles253 [193 posts]
16th May 2014 - 21:08

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I ride ss for my commuter and seen as I live in Sheffield I'm often pondering; strong thighs or knackered knees?

posted by The Acai [11 posts]
16th May 2014 - 21:48

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I ride a SS mtb... no shocks and v-brakes. great fun blasting past full sussers on the local trails Wink

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posted by sincadena [1 posts]
16th May 2014 - 22:00

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SS or fixed on the commute (depending how I feel, and whether I go off road or not), SS for more interesting offroad.

posted by oldstrath [130 posts]
16th May 2014 - 22:07

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Fixed - 47/17 (soon to be 16)

Love it - there is nothing like being in the right gear all the time and track stands are becoming easier for traffic lights (almost to the point where I'm learning without trying)

posted by djgorey [37 posts]
17th May 2014 - 17:00

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MKultra wrote:
I ride fixed.

Therefore I must shun you or I would be blackballed by my gentleman's club.

I bid you good day sir.

How hard do they hit you to be blackballed?

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [568 posts]
18th May 2014 - 12:45

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Condor Tempo fixed wheel for me Nerd

posted by Old Cranky [276 posts]
20th May 2014 - 12:22

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self-built single speed for my winter commutes. too many hills for fixed and I value my knees! I do ride fixed in town sometimes mind.

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posted by dangoscomb [5 posts]
20th May 2014 - 15:52

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I'm sure there's a velominati rule about this kind of gallivanting without gears.
the positive effects of a 70 mile/week hilly commute on fixed wheel really does show in my "proper" riding though

posted by argotittilius [22 posts]
20th May 2014 - 20:39

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giff77 wrote:
Though the question then is what ratio does one push.

52/16

posted by farrell [1281 posts]
21st May 2014 - 10:47

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I ride fixed, there seem to be a few people with fixies around here (Cardiff). My housemate has broken his mountain bike so now I'm on a mission to convert him using my fixie!

posted by esayers [18 posts]
21st May 2014 - 10:56

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I do some of my commuting (London) on a fixed gear bike. There's a load of fixed gear riders in Bristol, that's potentially not too far. Check out http://trackdropouts.com/ and http://www.dasradklub.com/

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posted by adamtaylor [22 posts]
21st May 2014 - 11:29

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Ride SS here in 'Norn Irel' on my 365 commuter & occassional weekend spin away from my usual club chaingang - I have never seen another SS or fixie person ever (if u don't incl 3 yr olds on their spiderman halford specials!!) I have the fixie option but in fact found it too dangerous for winter riding as I crashed and injured myself more on it in icy conditions than anything else & I feel with 20+yrs mtbing experience behind me I have at least some level of biking handling skills

posted by bfslxo [118 posts]
21st May 2014 - 12:18

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Fixed
SS

as the fancy takes me.

Really, though?

posted by workhard [354 posts]
21st May 2014 - 13:07

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SS commuter, but wouldn't even think about it for 'proper' road rides.

posted by Chuck [355 posts]
21st May 2014 - 13:39

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I would be riding my self-built fixed, pushing 46/17. However, due to a slight, erm, installer error, I am currently re-fixing the BB and chainset. So, I'm riding around on my SS MTB - I think that's a 44/16 (never checked TBH). It's been slicked tyre shod for better commuting and to save the rather weary outy knobblies. Love it - it's a total hack, but has the power to embarrass (me mostly, but also others on more geary and expensive machinery).

I'm a total fixed convert; love the total control.

Oh, and perhaps more importantly, I'm nowhere near Wiltshire. You might see me as far west as west Surrey or Berkshire, sorry, Royal Berkshire.

posted by Jimbonic [107 posts]
21st May 2014 - 13:42

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farrell wrote:

52/16

Surprise Bloody hell. I need to up my game a bit

posted by djgorey [37 posts]
21st May 2014 - 19:01

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I'm Running 48/18, i need to get on the weights! I'm blaming my gearing on the fact there are plenty of hills in my area... (I'm 6"5 and weigh 85 kg, i need all the help i can get!)

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posted by JackBuxton [36 posts]
21st May 2014 - 20:44

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JackBuxton wrote:
I'm Running 48/18, i need to get on the weights! I'm blaming my gearing on the fact there are plenty of hills in my area... (I'm 6"5 and weigh 85 kg, i need all the help i can get!)

I'm a similar height and 75kg I was running 48/17 and it was always fast enough for me! Get me up most hills too.

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posted by Miles253 [193 posts]
21st May 2014 - 21:50

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djgorey wrote:
farrell wrote:

52/16

Surprise Bloody hell. I need to up my game a bit

Aside from one slight lump going over the Fallowfield Loop (an old converted railway line), my commute is fairly flat and straight.

There is one particular hill in Stockport near my mates house that I am determined to make it up on that gearing but as yet not quite managed it and end up just track standing on a hill.

posted by farrell [1281 posts]
22nd May 2014 - 9:09

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I live in Wiltshire (Melksham to be exact) there's three of us that have been riding fixed together since last September.

Bought a Dolan FXE frameset last April and built it up with a mix new parts and bits i had lying around. Got fed up with replacing bits on my best bike every summer.

I've been riding it regularly now since last September and absolutely love it , so much so that i'm actually missing it now the weather has improved and the best bike is out again. I cant quite put my finger on exactly what it is, i think it's the simplicity of not changing gear and how smooth and quiet it runs plus the satisfaction you feel when you're on top the gear and spinning effortlessly, but it's really enjoyable to ride.

Currently running 48X19 which can be a bit spinny downhill (have got used to this and have maxed at 188 which was quite funny) but gives me around 20mph at a cad of 105.

posted by sneakerfrfeak [67 posts]
22nd May 2014 - 16:12

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Mines a retro Reynolds 531 frame Raleigh with some average parts, can't beat it! I max out easy on descents, but its the same as going downhill with a bike made out of lead with me Wink

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posted by JackBuxton [36 posts]
22nd May 2014 - 16:44

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farrell wrote:
giff77 wrote:
Though the question then is what ratio does one push.

52/16

Pushed up steep hills on foot mostly.

posted by MKultra [196 posts]
22nd May 2014 - 16:49

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