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    ... and if we just ... SS Commuters UNITE!!

    How many of us are out there?

    Bike: 09 Specialized Tricross Singlecross
    Experience: Novice
    Distance: 9-10 miles
    Hills: Gradual stuff, but one long steep bastard of a hill on my way home everyday.

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    SS commuters

    I try and commute 3 times per week, 19 miles round trip and I use a monocog 29er with 42-20 gears. This rig has really helped in overall fitness, especially the core. If I don't commute to work I ride after it gets dark (twilight times are more dangerous) and do a 9-12 mile loop depending on how I feel. I plan on doing this throughout the winter and increase my days as the spring arrives. Lovin it....

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    60-70 miles round trip 1-2 times a week. 42-16 gears with semi-slicks. There are no shoulders along most of the route. It's fun to pull over into the dirt and keep on rolling. With the road bike I sometimes have to pull over and stop to allow room for semi trucks to pass. Overall the SS is only about 15 minutes slower in 30 miles.
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    1700 miles so far this year...
    17 miles round trip. all on my singleated, fendered, racked trek 4300 commuting machine...surly rigid fork. Just got some Nokians for the Ice.

    Viva La single speed!

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    6 miles each way, most every day, 15 years now.

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    I'm in.
    Short commute - 4 miles round trip - rain, snow or hail
    Hills- yes, one big one. Heading home is always fun!
    Bike - mid 80's Nishiki Colorado with a milk crate on back

    I love riding my bike to work, it helps me de-tox before I get home (usually).

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    Just started up again after changing jobs.

    Commute is only 4 miles the quick way or 7 miles the long way.
    Doing it on a SS mtb that is set up fixie. 40/16, drop bars, v-brakes and Schwalbe Fast Freds 26x1.9
    It is 80% uphill on the quick way and almost flat on the long way

    With the time change this weekend, nothing will change except the light will come out.
    Proud Tribe member since 1992 - looking for better singletrack to be ridden year round

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    Usual commute is 6 miles each way with big shoulders and very mild hills. Sometimes more. Monday I have to do a HUGE climb and about 12 miles each way.

    Gary Fisher Rig, 180mm cranks, 36x22, Nashbar trailer, 50+ lbs of carpentry tools. Fenders and Nokians are going on soon. Probably gonna wuss out and get an Alfine soon for higher top speed and easier climbing with the trailer.

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    18 miles a day, 5 days a week, 4th year running (been commuting 10 miles a day since more than 8 years now)
    Old-school 42-18 Peugeot
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    "Life begins at 140" Richard Burns
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    I commute about 50% of the time on my Trek Soho S. I changed out the chainring from a 42 to a 45 tooth and left the rear 17 freewheel intact. Most of the terrain is fairly calm around here but there is one beastly hill that I churn up on my way to school. It cuts me down to about 13MPH or so, but the bike is light enough that it doesnt matter much.

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    Cross check fixed. 42 X 16. Anywhere from 8-30 miles each way as time permits. Currently 2 days/week, summers are 5 days/week.

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    14miles round trip 3-5 times a week. A couple of flyovers that i have to stand for but mostly flat. Old Gary Fisher wahoo. Running the big gear up front(42t) with the derailleur taken off. I took apart the rear cassette and am using the 15t in back(had to grind the riviet, spot spacers. I got the chain line straight on the first try. Only dropped it once so far. Using the old rear derailleur as a chain tensioner. 1.5slicks. Fenders, BOB trailer

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    SS commuters!

    Hi mates,
    Just got back home luckily in one piece!
    19.8 miles each way. Try to commute 1 or 2 times per week.
    39 - 15 gear on a Giant TR1 roadbike with a Pauls singlator, singlespeed bars, Ti egg beaters, and front brake only.
    Love this ex gearie roadbike.
    Cheers!

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    16mi roundtrip here in cincinnati. 2-3 times a week in a 4day workweek.
    Bike: 04 Haro V3, 42x16. Lots of lights, old rusty fender, smile all the way. Its getting cold though in the morn!

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    Bare minimum, 70 miles a week. 46/16 fixed on the nice days, 42/17 fixed on the big 29" slick commuter on the crappy days.

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    25 miles round trip Daily 5 days a week thats straight backand forth.
    sometimes I'll run errand's onthe way to work which depending onwhere i'm going could add up to10 miles more

    In the summer I use several different bikes aweek.
    three fixxed gear langsters with either a 44-15,44-16, 42-15

    in the winter it mostly my San Jose with a 42-17 fixed or if it snows my surly 1x1 with a 36-16.

    Mostly flat in a Far Northwest Suburb of Chicago

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    Easy 1-mile commute - but the high point of the ride is in the middle of the ride...so it's uphill and downhill every day! I ride day or night, rain or snow.

    Right now, I ride either a Schwinn Panther cruiser or a Kona Paddy Wagon - SS, of course.

    -RAJ

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    70s POS beater bike, 25 mile round trip.

    3-4 days in summer, 1-2 in fall (scheduling conflicts)

    All fixed... 45-15 in summer, backed off to 45-17 recently.

    May pull the trigger on a Moto Fantom Uno... it'll give me the rear brake I need for the hills around here, then I'll beef up the tires and take it off-road too.

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    19 miles round trip
    Hilly terrain
    Giant Bowery (fixes count as SS right )

    I try to commute 4 times a week when I am feeling well.
    "Don't take life too serious. You'll never get out alive."

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    Man some of you guys do some fierce commutes. Kudos to you.

    As if SS wasn't tough enough with hills, I didn't find out that I was fighting against something else until 6/10ths of my round trip. Brakes were rubbing all the way to work and 1/5 of the way home. ARG. I thought I was fat, out of shape, etc.

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    Started commuting 5 weeks ago. Bought a SS just for that. Kona Paddy Wagon, installed bullhorn bars, fenders, lights. Put a lot of reflective tape on the bike. Bought myself some good warm cycling clothes to attack the freezing temperatures we have been having in Montreal. 40km round-trip. I hop on my bike around 6.00am. When it's well under the 0 celsius mark, I wear my snowboard helmet.

    Terrain is kind of hilly, but not enough to have to get off my bike.

    Cheers from Canada,

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    28 miles round trip, mostly hilly rural gravel via SE Racing Stout 29er SS. Currently set up at 32 x 16. No racks, no bags- Use Ergon pack to carry clothes/ work stuff. Cold one this AM, whole whoppin 8 degrees F!

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    Nobody wanted my Trek 8500 frame, so I sold the fork and built it up with road parts.
    Frame: Trek 8500
    Fork: Winwood carbon CX
    Wheels:
    [ice] Woodman disc hubs laced to Sun CR18 700C rims with Schwalbe Snow Stud 38C tires
    [not ice] Hope Pro II disc hubs laced to Mavic Open Pro rims with Continental Ultra Gatorskin 25C tires
    Brakes: Dia-Comp levers, Avid BB7 Road calipers, 160mm rotors, full-length housing
    Bars: cheap ass 46cm "wing" drops
    Stem: 110mm 3TTT
    Seating: Thomson post, Specialized saddle
    Drivetrain: Sugino crank, UN54 BB, Black Spire 53T ring, SRAM PC18 chain, Surly 18T splined cog, Spot spacer kit, XT pedals, no tensioner [magic gear]
    Misc: DIY LED lights [600+ lumens], Mt. Zefal clip-on rear fender

    My daily commute is short and fast. The 53x18 is the biggest gear I can currently handle on the hills heading back to my house [max 16% grade]. I don't go to an easier gear in the winter because I'm really lazy. I rode a 50x17 last year, but needed a little more top end to deal with traffic downtown, hence the change. Over the x-mas break I am going to install a narrower 44cm bar and improve the lights.
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    now that school is over i'll be riding to work again and i'm waiting on my light to come in so i can ride home at night.. riding a dawes sst 44-16 with only mods being tires, saddle and drop bars/brake levers.. round trip its about 52 miles and pretty fun

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    I commute 4 days a week. Mostly flat, but some hills when I ride around town. Probably do 70-100 miles per week. Specialized Hardrock 36/13 in the winter, and an old SR road bike 44/16 in the summer.

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    3 miles one way for me. Been riding my 09 Singlecross with fenders and studded tires. Currently running 39x17. Back pack this time of year. Mostly downhill to work, mostly uphill going home (imagine that)

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    7 mi each way for me. 3-4 days week. Depending on weather(rain).

    I ride an IRO Mark V fixed gear bike. 46/16, thinking about adding a couple of teeth.

    The commute has helped me big time with my mountain biking.

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    2004 Specialized P.1
    - a bunch of mods.
    - multi-purpose commuter/trail bike/urban/dj

    I Just started commuting to work for exercise and fun, and also to get away from driving there. It is only a 4.2 mile round trip to my job and there are only two "stand up and pump" hills.
    get to the choppa!!!

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    Started about 2 1/2 months ago about the time this thread 1st started and it's still alive so I'll post

    Bought a used 05 langster stock 48/16 in flat south fl. 10 miles round trip. I carry just clothes in a book bag and try to haul a$$ both ways. The winter is great 70 deg out the door at 7am. 5 days a week but summer might be too brutal.

    I SS mt bike so I thought a road ss would be great for cummuting. It is so quiet and peacefull. I might flip and go fixie? never tried it

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    2 or 5 miles each way depending on weather and mood. Everyday rain, snow, or shine for about 6 years. Big hills.

    Jamis Coda cross (ish) with brazed on slotted dropouts.
    Gunnar Hoy Dog with brazed on slotted dropouts.
    Giant XXIX for snow.

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    new slicks

    so i put these on yesterday and went about 25 miles on 2 different trips.
    Very different from the 2.5s I had on there.
    Great off the line. This is gonna be nice on my commute.
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    Oh man!

    That is commuting in style. What frame is that. I commuted for about 6 months on a 24" DK Fury when ther was a vacant lot next to where I work. Spent a whole summer worth of lunches building jumps and coming back to work filthy.

    Those slicks look fast.

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    Thx. It a Panda Pro Am.
    I also have an old MCS 24. But thats gets harder to commute on every year.
    That 3 lbs a year catches up after 40!
    Puts some slicks on that 24" DK.
    you will be amazed.

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    45 mile round trip on my Kona Paddy Wagon. I try to do it once a week and hope to do it more often someday. At the moment, I'm completely worthless once I get home.

    Feels great though.

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    My May SS Commuting miles was 549 miles
    My average work week this month 49.75 hours
    My Average time sitting at work 20 min per day at the most
    53 years old
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    Surly Cross-Check built up as a SS

    10 miles each way commute to work

    Hill??? What hills? My commute is flatter than my prom-date was.....

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    My SS commuter......

    I commute on this old mongoose frame i built the whole thing up from stuff I had around. Cost 35 dollars for conversion and slick tires. 20miles round trip to work and back. Ride at least 3 times a week. 48/18 gear; average speed 20 mph. It is fast and fun to ride this bike, I love it!!
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    Surly Cross-Check 42x17 SS (or 42x18 fixed)
    Mileage = 19miles round-trip
    Confession...I'm a fair-weather commuter. I only like dry commuting, but at least cold weather commuting doesn't bother me.

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    I built up a FG crosscheck, 42/17, 7 miles each way. Running 32mm tires but want to go fatter. We have definite topography but I'm finding it pretty doable. I only ride it on days I don't have to pull my 4 yr old uphill in her trailer from her daycare though, that calls for shifting.

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    SS is the Way to Go!

    converted Nishiki road bike
    matte black paint
    flipped and clipped handlebars
    fenders
    not too many hills on normal 5mi commute but I do just about all my city riding on it and some hills are an a** kicker. Its nice to just cruise, no shifting worries, less maintenance, lighter bike.

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    picked up a KM this spring and started the 16 miles round trip commute at the end of April. Im loving it, though i must admit, sometimes i think about adding some extra gears.

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    Paddy Wagon Tires

    I see a couple of you are commuting on the Kona Paddy Wagon. I have a chance to pick one up at a real good price. Does anyone know what the maximum width tire that will fit into the frame is?

    Thanks
    Russell

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    My ride today was on my Masi Soulville SS. Sweet ride about 11 miles each way 42/20 with about 500ft elevation change. I love riding the SS taking my time and just enjoying riding. When I ride my geared bike I feel like I need to be in a rush even when I don't need to be.

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    Riding the Surly 1x1 29ered, 25 miles round trip 6 days a week. 42-16 is perfect for now but looking to bump up the chainring a little. Pretty flat commute on almost all bikepath. Looking forward to winter!

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    Bike: 2010 Dawes Revolver 56cm
    Experience: Novice
    Distance: 10.3 round trip
    Hills: I live in MN, the last time I saw one of these, I was in Wisconsin....




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    Finally finished building this up last night, and I'm stoked!

    Bike: 2004 Kona Unit frame, Surly fixed rear hub, 48/17 drive, 700c wheelset.
    Experience: Many years, but it's been a while since I've used a fixed gear instead of a singlespeed...
    Distance: 20.2km round trip

    Hills: Minimal






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    Fairwether commuter, in the Spring/Fall/Winter I try to commute at least once per week. One way is 4-5 miles depending on which route I take. I ride a custom pink & black Surly 1X1 48T chainring to 16T Eno freewheel. It's a fast clean ride. Trip highlight is transit along a protected walkway through a below waterway tunnel.

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    I ride 30 miles, 15 each way, 4 or 5 days. I like to save the weekend for the long rides
    I just changed to the fisticuff and liken the steal frame. Use 42X16 gearing..perfect for me.
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    Update:
    Icy Commuter - Misfit diSSent
    Not-Icy Commuter - Wabi Cycles Lightning

    My commute is still short and fast.
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