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    Real Men ride rigid SS...

    I am looking for some fellow rigid SS riders, people tell me I'm crazy, do you get the same crap?

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    Nope......you are the only one......no one else could be as much if a man as you are.....compared to you.....we are not worthy of your presence.
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    I don't think riding any bike makes anyone a man.

    I got rid of suspension in 2009. Had a bike that consistently blew suspension components. Over-corrected and went rigid. I am sure when I turn 40 shortly that I'll want some cush again.

    SS - I have a SS and it's fine for bopping around on. rather have gears though.


    What is the next "ego-man" trend? Going gripless?
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    Nobody has called me crazy... I get "those are man gears" from other SS riders occasionally though.

    OmaHaq- for the next big trend:how about no saddle or post

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    i just put a suspension fork on recently. after handing in my man card and crying myself to sleep for a few weeks i am recovering.

    dunno if your new to this; but i have discovered over the years all bicycles are fun. once you stop worrying about everyone else you can concentrate on what makes riding a bike the most fun for you. don't worry; your allowed to change your opinion frequently (or as often as your bank account can support it).

    i rode rigid for years and thought it was the sh!t... currently, a month or two in, i love my reba. apples, oranges, pineapples??? mmm pineapples....

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    The only people who think riding a rigid SS 29er is hard are people who haven't even tried.

    How hard cycling is isn't defined by what you ride, it's how you ride. You can push your limits with a full suspension bike with gears or you can have a relaxed ride on a rigid SS. Or the other way around. It's the rider, not the bike.

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    Nothing makes me feel more like a man than when I throw on an Affliction shirt, chug some Rockstar energy drink, fornicate a chick whilst watching MMA, then get on the the ss rigid to huck some gnar gaps. Goddamn right it is more manly than a fs geared bike.
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    Real Men ride rigid SS...

    Riding a bike isn't hard. It's where and how you ride that makes it hard. Some trails are hilly and full of roots and rock gardens. Some trails are flowy with twists and turns.

    Riding fully rigid single speeds is a choice you make and those bikes can be altered with different drive trains to fit just about every trail conditions you can encounter.

    Riding a bike with too hard a gear is hard and foolish

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    Quote Originally Posted by OmaHaq View Post
    I don't think riding any bike makes anyone a man.

    I got rid of suspension in 2009. Had a bike that consistently blew suspension components. Over-corrected and went rigid. I am sure when I turn 40 shortly that I'll want some cush again.

    SS - I have a SS and it's fine for bopping around on. rather have gears though.


    What is the next "ego-man" trend? Going gripless?
    Seatless?

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    Come pedal here in New England for a while, see how that works out for you.

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    As a noob to this sport I'm surprised how many people ride rigid SS. When I mentioned mountain biking to people several have told me they ride rigid ss and I have also run into several out on the trail on rigid ss bikes. Some cite the low maintenance and cost. For others the appeal seems to be more esoteric and I hear words like 'pure' and 'simplicity' and 'natural'. I guess most of them are experienced riders, have tried it all before and rigid SS is just another variation. They mostly seem to own multiple bikes and the rigid SS is what they opt to ride on certain trails. As a noob it initially held no appeal whatsoever but now I must admit to being a little curious.

    The other thing mentioned is that you feel like being a kid again but I get that anyway from my 30 speed hardtail.

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    Different strokes, different folks... right tool for the job... Isn't there a SS forum?


    For what it's worth, been there.




    At about 40, my knees didn't like the abuse so much, and I wanted to go faster. So I added gears for my knees and suspension for speed. Diggin' it so far. Not the right move for everybody, but it was for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RhoadsClimbs View Post
    I am looking for some fellow rigid SS riders, people tell me I'm crazy, do you get the same crap?
    Often yes, but never while on the bike.
    Fact is most of the r-e-a-l-l-y gnarly SS-ers I know are women.
    Hope this doesn't lessen the value of your REAL man-card. :O

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    Quote Originally Posted by RhoadsClimbs View Post
    I am looking for some fellow rigid SS riders, people tell me I'm crazy, do you get the same crap?
    No.
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    How about trials bikes + no grips! Yea! That's xtreeeeeeemmmm!

    Quote Originally Posted by edubfromktown View Post
    Nobody has called me crazy... I get "those are man gears" from other SS riders occasionally though.

    OmaHaq- for the next big trend:how about no saddle or post
    - The only thing that keeps me on a bike is happiness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OmaHaq View Post
    I don't think riding any bike makes anyone a man.

    I got rid of suspension in 2009. Had a bike that consistently blew suspension components. Over-corrected and went rigid. I am sure when I turn 40 shortly that I'll want some cush again.

    SS - I have a SS and it's fine for bopping around on. rather have gears though.


    What is the next "ego-man" trend? Going gripless?
    I must have missed that memo 5 years ago.

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    You all suck, I am so manly I fear I may one day get myself pregnant!
    Look at my 36" of manliness LOOOOOOOK
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    I have a hardtail with gears and a rigid ss... I will admit that after riding a loop on the rigid SS that I normally ride on the geared suspension bike, there is a slight increase in the amount of smug manliness that impose upon myself (and obviously exude upon others). It lasts only until I realize that it would have been easier to just ride that same loop on the geared bike like a smart person would have done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RhoadsClimbs View Post
    I am looking for some fellow rigid SS riders, people tell me I'm crazy, do you get the same crap?
    fully rigid SS FTW!

    Real Men ride rigid SS...-12inch_cbr-fairy-12-inch-kids-bike.jpg

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    *EDIT* ^ You beat me to it lol.

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    A "real man" rides whatever the **** he wants.

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    I ride one but it is my training bike. For fun I want gears and suspension

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    Well? I'm real, and I'm a man...LOL

    Seven years and counting on a rigid steel SSer 29er or 26er(V brakes ta boot)...
    ...only as of lately I have a aluminum gearie, but it is rigid steel forked and v braked!

    If that isn't enough added a Rigid 29er and 26er SSer Coaster Brake bikes to the fleet, now I really don't have much to worry about Just pedal to go or stop.

    Yes, "they" call me crazy, but it's all about having fun "no matter" what, as long as ya "get out and ride"
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    Not a real man if you are using cheater wheels!

    Quote Originally Posted by markymark View Post
    fully rigid SS FTW!

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    I will acknowledge you as a real man if you ride that!
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    Started mtb in 2004, bought a 29er ss in 2005.
    My plan was to use it during winter/muddy rides to save the geared bike.
    Not rigid though, I like the Reba
    I once took the ss for a bad weather race.
    Started on the last row, my only ambition was not to end last.
    Probably because I was the only odd guy competing without gears, the speaker even mentioned my name during the race!
    I ended about halfway...
    Perhaps that's what it boils downn to: If you get overtaken by gearies, it's normal because you're on a ss.
    The other way around however, than it is a huge boost for ones self esteem ;-)

    PS: The next year I did that same race again with my geared bike.
    The track was bone dry.
    Only did 2 places better...

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    Quote Originally Posted by markymark View Post
    fully rigid SS FTW!

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    Hey, that's a CBR

    BTW, Real men don't need affirmation from others that they are a real man. Just saying.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post

    BTW, Real men don't need affirmation from others that they are a real man. Just saying.
    Speaks the truth.
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    I don't get any crap in my neck of the woods but there's a ton of single-speeders here and probably 25+% of us ride rigid.

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    I will tag this the Stuart Smalley thread.

    Real men... give me a break. Seeking this kind of affirmation clearly proves you're not.

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    Real Men ride rigid SS...

    Real men brag about being real men based on the type of bike they ride.

    First Responders? Military? All sissies compared to a guy wearing a styrofoam helmet and Lycra and riding a bicycling in the woods.

    So, yes. You're a real man. Congratulations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi_GR_Biker View Post
    Seatless?
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    Time to stop believing the hype and start doing some science.
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    More rigid, more manly than thou:
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    And this guy takes some serious crap to boot.

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    How's the toe-overlap situation on that ride?

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    Real Man:

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    "Singlespeed":

    You have no excuse for driving to work
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    (no excuse for that either)

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    I thought you had a later model bike ?

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    here billy
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    I hope all you *manly* men on your rigid SS 29ers are riding platforms...not those ballerina slipper clipless pedals... 'cause you lose man-points for those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
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    "Singlespeed":

    that chic in the front is hott she makes me feel manly!
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    I've recently purchased a Redline Monocog. I'm in love with this bike! I actually find it easier to ride SS vs gears. It's nice to not have to think while riding. Just pedal and go. When the terrain points up, stand up and pedal harder! Simple! I like simple!!!

    Also nice to know there are people who simply can't rock an SS!
    SS ==> Nut up or Shut up!

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    Agree with Cormac. Simple, and a ton of fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cormac View Post
    I've recently purchased a Redline Monocog. I'm in love with this bike! I actually find it easier to ride SS vs gears. It's nice to not have to think while riding. Just pedal and go. When the terrain points up, stand up and pedal harder! Simple! I like simple!!!

    Also nice to know there are people who simply can't rock an SS!
    Yep, having to think through the gear changes is tough and certainly takes it's toll. I work in rocket science and riding single speed gives me the chance to get away from complex calculations for a few hours. You just don't get that with gears.

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    The sad fact is that most women think mountain biking is kind of silly. My girlfriend is very tolerant of it and doesn't interfere with my riding at all but I know she has a hard time explaining to her friends what I do in my spare time.

    Probably would be easier to explain that I was cross-dressing or seducing lower mammals...at least it would be more respectable.

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    My ht is multi functional ..... flick the switch it's riding rigid, stay in one gear I'm riding single speed.
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    It's a shame "most women" find it silly, though that does seem to be the case. Me, I love it. Probably a little more than some of the mtb-ing guys that I know. Get yourself a woman that not only doesn't mind your bike being kept in the living room, but *insists* on it. We do exist.

    Real women ride SS Rigid 29ers, too. =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyri View Post
    It's a shame "most women" find it silly, though that does seem to be the case. Me, I love it. Probably a little more than some of the mtb-ing guys that I know. Get yourself a woman that not only doesn't mind your bike being kept in the living room, but *insists* on it. We do exist.

    Real women ride SS Rigid 29ers, too. =)
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    I ride SS rigid, and think it's just plain silly to think it's any more hard core than squish w/ gears. I consider the DH guys with tons of travel going 45+ mph to be the crazy ones.

    "Real Men"...ride inches from death, testing fate in Utah. For those of you feeling yourself for riding SS rigid, this should bring your ego back down to earth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenaustin View Post
    I ride SS rigid, and think it's just plain silly to think it's any more hard core than squish w/ gears. I consider the DH guys with tons of travel going 45+ mph to be the crazy ones.

    "Real Men"...ride inches from death, testing fate in Utah. For those of you feeling yourself for riding SS rigid, this should bring your ego back down to earth.
    GoPro Inches from death: downhill biker rytests fate in Utah - YouTube
    That was cool. I ride a SS. You will notice that there are very few action vids on 29er single speeds on you tube. I can't imagine why...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RhoadsClimbs View Post
    I am looking for some fellow rigid SS riders, people tell me I'm crazy, do you get the same crap?
    Nobody really cared.
    Then the novelty wore off an I went back to gears and suspension.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muzzanic View Post
    Could you be my next wife ?
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