Approaching winter I've been thinking about converting my commuter (Specialized Allez comp) into a singlespeed. I do a 60 mile round trip Surrey - London once a week which is a little lumpy but not hilly.
I was thinking that the benefits of going singlespeed would be:
- Less components to get messy and maintain through winter
- Slightly lighter
- Improved cadence/pedal stroke
- Increased speed/strength on hills
- Prettier bike
Although I cycle a fair amount already (200km per week) I think there is room to improve my technique & strength, is this a reliable way of doing it?
Or am i being a mug and bikes evolved to have gears... and I'll regret it?
I tried today's in a single gear and did fairly well but I lack the discipline and did change up/down occasionally.
I know this may be an each to their own type question but lets hear some opinions & anecdotes.