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    Anti Single Speeders

    I was talking to a couple of roadies next to me at an early A.M. spin class today. No big deal that they're roadies, we're all bikers. I mentioned that I ride road and Single Speed MTB. They said " Actually we're anti single speed". I wasn't mad at 'em, I didn't even ask why they were anti single speed. We just talked more about biking, and they asked questions like "Isn't it hard climbing without gears"? I said "No". "How do you maintain cadence"? I said "I don't". Then we all rocked through the 1 hour class. I was impressed though that these two 20 year old road bikers were able to keep up with a 53 year old single speeder.

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    Spin class is just like single speeding. 120 rpm spin like crazy to a leg burning 60 rpm.

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    LOL@ "how do you keep cadence?"
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    we are a persecuted minority. stay strong.

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    At least they won't be in my way out there on the trail. The less people the better.

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    Pedaling more than once per second is showing off.

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    My older brother is Anti-SS. She say's," if a 3x10 is available, why not use the gears. It's goes against progress."

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    Well, I'm anti-stupidity and those guys were anti-intelligent.

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    I've always considered myself "shifting impared". It's like a birth defect!!
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    If they were so anti-single speed, why were they on single-speed/fixi spin bike? I take it that they have not tried riding a SS bike in the 1st place.

    Since I've been riding SS I find that I attack hills differently on my geared bike now. Now with hills on my geared bike, I generally click it into a higher gear, stand up, and attack vs dropping into a lower gear and spin like crazy up the hill. You know what? I make it up the hill faster!

    Give those youngsters a few more years of experience, and they may see the light.

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    Who the hell is "anti-single speed"? I don't road bike anymore but I'm not anti-roadie. Sounds like a bunch of idiots to me. Ridiculous... I can guarantee they have never been on a SS mountain bike.

    If it were me, I would have asked them why. I would love to hear their reasoning...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoisonDartFrog View Post
    LOL@ "how do you keep cadence?"
    What is cadence? Haha.

    I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt that the term "anti" was out of context. I think what was meant was that it wasn't for them or their goals, but not necessarily, "eh, you're a lowly idiotic SSer, pshhh".

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    I think this was just God's way of telling you to the stay the heck out of dirty gyms and get back on the old SS out in the woods where mountain bikers belong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dms1818 View Post
    They said " Actually we're anti single speed". I wasn't mad at 'em, I didn't even ask why they were anti single speed.
    Just a thought, but maybe they're actually anti-fixie, and didn't realize that that's different from ss? I don't know why singlespeed would inspire hatred in people, but I could see people proudly identifying themselves as anti-fixie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henrymiller1 View Post
    My older brother is Anti-SS. She say's," if a 3x10 is available, why not use the gears. It's goes against progress."
    Brother or sister?

    Anyways, if a motor is available, why not use it? Riding a bicycle goes against progress.

    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Just a thought, but maybe they're actually anti-fixie, and didn't realize that that's different from ss? I don't know why singlespeed would inspire hatred in people, but I could see people proudly identifying themselves as anti-fixie.
    Believe me: for the very same reason any kind/brand/color of bike could inspire hatred. And that reason has nothing to do with the bike, but everything to do with the hater.

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    Saul, if that is you in your avatar, that is one glorious beard, bro. If not, well, it's still glorious.
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    I have had this convresation with a number of people and it seemed to always come down to the stigma attached to fixies and bike messengers and what have you. Outsiders look at it as some sort of fad, and that the people doing it are just looking for attention and/or not competent riders. I have proven many of these folk wrong and give them a better appreciation of my bike, me and others who choose to do the same.

    Let it be known I am "for" anyone on a bike and all to their own. For my situation, my skills, and yea sure, maybe my style, a single speed 29er mountain bike is my weapon of choice.....

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    I think a lot of folks have the philosophy that biking is all about maximizing speed and efficiency. And some aspects of the sport are about those things. So when is comes to SS, it just doesn't compute to those folks why you would intentionally limit your speed and efficiency in some (lol, most?) circumstances.

    In my experience, the guys who are most focused on things like racing, cadence, speed, efficiency, weight, etc. are the ones least interested in SS. Goofing off and just having fun on a bike with no thought to total elapsed times or calories burned just doesn't compute to them. For the same reason, these are the folks to which all the high-tech components have the most appeal.

    Then you have some folks who enjoy both.
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    Singlespeeds are like abortions.

    It's simple. Against abortion? Don't have one.

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    Could it be that "we are anti single speed" was just a humorous way to say that they ride with gears? "Oh, you like things ultra simple with one one gear, I like my bike with plenty of gear, so I'm sort of anti you"..

    My nephew once told my that my hair style was anti mohawk, I have a male bald pattern so where mohawks have a lot of hair on the top and are cleanly shaven in the sides and back I'm pretty much the exact opposite.

    What I'm asking is, could you have misunderstood their sense of humor in a sense that they weren't making a negative remark on single speeding in general, only stating that they were kind of the opposite of a single speeder with their bikes with plenty of gears?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus View Post
    Singlespeeds are like abortions.

    It's simple. Against abortion? Don't have one.

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    Good advise, but America of late is all about forcing people to believe what you believe.

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    They were'nt negative at all. They were a couple of good guys and we had a good conversation about biking. Just a couple of youngsters that didn't understand SS because they never did it. I've been biking my whole life and when I stumbled across this forum years ago my first thought was Single Speed? WTF? How do you climb a hill? They probably won't be "Anti" after they try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tangaroo View Post
    Who the hell is "anti-single speed"? I don't road bike anymore but I'm not anti-roadie. Sounds like a bunch of idiots to me. Ridiculous... I can guarantee they have never been on a SS mountain bike.

    If it were me, I would have asked them why. I would love to hear their reasoning...
    Me too, I always ask why when stoopid statements like the anti SS guys made. I've let many people try my SS 29er and they are all at least a little bit smiling when we trade bikes back. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoisonDartFrog View Post
    I think a lot of folks have the philosophy that biking is all about maximizing speed and efficiency. And some aspects of the sport are about those things. So when is comes to SS, it just doesn't compute to those folks why you would intentionally limit your speed and efficiency in some (lol, most?) circumstances.

    In my experience, the guys who are most focused on things like racing, cadence, speed, efficiency, weight, etc. are the ones least interested in SS.
    Should be noted there are plenty of serious riders who train certain aspects of cycling with SS or fixies, and fixies are all you see at a velodrome. Anyone who's serious about being a good cyclist will at some point consider what SS or a fixed bicycle could offer. Might not stick with everyone, but ignorance of single speeds is something that tells me the cyclist is probably not a very successful one.

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    Funny most of the time I get "Dude how do you ride that singlespeed? Having no gears is insane"...

    ...They never notice it's RIGID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm just not a shifty or suspended person
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    Good Point

    I forgot to tell them about the Rigid part.
    And that I'm more than 2X their age

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    Damn Kids!...LOL

    Keep rigid singlespeeding my friend

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus View Post
    Singlespeeds are like abortions.

    It's simple. Against abortion? Don't have one.

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    In that case I only condone single speeds in cases of rape and incest.

    It's a bike, not a choice. Or maybe it's a choice in biking. I'm not really sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus View Post
    Singlespeeds are like abortions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoisonDartFrog View Post
    I think a lot of folks have the philosophy that biking is all about maximizing speed and efficiency. And some aspects of the sport are about those things. So when is comes to SS, it just doesn't compute to those folks why you would intentionally limit your speed and efficiency in some (lol, most?) circumstances.

    In my experience, the guys who are most focused on things like racing, cadence, speed, efficiency, weight, etc. are the ones least interested in SS. Goofing off and just having fun on a bike with no thought to total elapsed times or calories burned just doesn't compute to them. For the same reason, these are the folks to which all the high-tech components have the most appeal.

    Then you have some folks who enjoy both.
    Exactly why I chose rigid ss. I used to live in BC with a dirt jumper and down hill bikes. Now that I live in Manitoba with bunny hills as mountains , I opted for rigid ss to make it more interesting. Of course, if I was to participate in a race with determination to win, I would go for suspension and gears without thinking twice.
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    1. SS is the most fun on two wheels.
    2. Roadies are anti-SS.
    1&2 = They are anti-the most FUN on two wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dms1818 View Post
    I was talking to a couple of roadies next to me at an early A.M. spin class today. No big deal that they're roadies, we're all bikers. I mentioned that I ride road and Single Speed MTB. They said " Actually we're anti single speed". ..
    Well I can see why roadies are anti-single speed, especially those who are dumbfounded when I cruise past them on climbs with fat tires running SS. Crushing them riding fat tired geared bikes is also fun but slightly less fulfilling

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    Quote Originally Posted by edubfromktown View Post
    Well I can see why roadies are anti-single speed, especially those who are dumbfounded when I cruise past them on climbs with fat tires running SS. Crushing them riding fat tired geared bikes is also fun but slightly less fulfilling
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    Being ANTI-anything seems to always come from someone who has no experience with the thing they are so ANTI about.
    most singlespeeders used to ride geared bikes but aren't usually ANTI gears. People riding 29ers , for the most part, used to ride 26ers, but aren't anyti 26er, and so on..
    The hate always is the person who has never ridden a single speed or never tried a 29er.

    Anyway, I've gone on long enough so I'll just say I HATE fixies


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    All previous replies need to be quoted for a wholesome explanation to the anti ss thing.

    I'm sure those anti ss gearies started on a coaster brake bike as kids. And somewhere down the line they became "shiftspoiled".

    Thing is that they forget that we ss'ers have our gears too, by way of giving our bodies more advantage via positioning for power, traction, spin, etc.

    Yes, we do it by sliding forward or back on the saddle, pulling more or less on the upstroke, dropping heels, rocking body, pulling handlebars, pushing bike, etc, etc...seated. Did i say, standing up? yeah, more rocking, pulling, pushing, diving, etc, etc.

    Get fit, dammit.

    Gearies just nail themselves to the saddle and tick tock goes the shifter. Lifeless. Boring. Maybe good for a road bike where tuck may help to cheat the wind. On a mtb? Contra natura.

    Ohhh ! You climbed that hill? On a singlespeed? Yes i did, and in the process, i left you behind with your tick tock shift thing bruto....(I do love my geared friends questions, though)

    I'm not against gears ! LOL....nuff ranting.

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    Maybe they were so stupid that they thought you only go one speed and they were trying to assert that they like to go all different speeds. The only thing that is obvious is that they were stupid and probably still are even right now.

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    I've always been anti-self-justification, myself.

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    I entered my first MTB race. It's in 2 weeks. I'm sure there will be very few Single Speeds, if any in the 50-59 age group (better late than never). I am emotionally prepared to get crushed. But it will be interesting to see for myself how SS's compete with geared bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TroutBum View Post
    I've always been anti-self-justification, myself.

    Words to live by IMO.

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    I'm sure they meant "anti," as in "opposite of" not "opposed to." Cadence and gearing obsession is part of the experience for a lot of folks, road and trail...

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    Dms1818: Then we all rocked through the 1 hour class. I was impressed though that these two 20 year old road bikers were able to keep up with a 53 year old single speeder.

    How do you know they kept up with you in a spin class?
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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dms1818 View Post
    I entered my first MTB race. It's in 2 weeks. I'm sure there will be very few Single Speeds, if any in the 50-59 age group (better late than never). I am emotionally prepared to get crushed. But it will be interesting to see for myself how SS's compete with geared bikes.
    Hey man congrats, sign up, line up, and have fun, as far as I'm concerned you already WON!

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    I too am a little new to the SS thing (29er). Coming off a FS 26er, it is quite a difference. But my intention was to enjoy riding more and to keep me fit. I have also entered my first race of the season and intend to do it on my SS. The worst thing I will probably hear: "Wow, you did that on a SS?" The best thing I won't hear but someone else might hear: "Wow, that guy beat you?! He was on a steel SS!!"

    And I have to say, on my normal loop there is a short quick hill that was a tough climb on the FS 26er, thought I was going to have to hike-a-bike with the SS. Nope, right up that hill, no problem. Only thing I miss is traction on a standing climb, the FS was pretty good in that department.

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    I'm only anti single-speeding if I can't keep up with you.

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    The best thing I won't hear but someone else might hear: "Wow, that guy beat you?! He was on a steel SS!!"
    my normal loop there is a short quick hill that was a tough climb on the FS 26er, thought I was going to have to hike-a-bike with the SS. Nope, right up that hill, no problem. Only thing I miss is traction on a standing climb, the FS was pretty good in that department.[/QUOTE]


    I've read about how well SS's compete with gears all the time
    I'm hoping to do well in my age group and not get a helicopter ride to the E.R.
    I know I won't be passing any younger riders on race bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scyule View Post
    Anyway, I've gone on long enough so I'll just say I HATE fixies


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    There was a guy a few months ago at white clay on a single speed cross bike that was working me pretty good as I followed him. Not a lot of climbing at that place but I still felt pretty lame. ha

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    About half way down. One of my favorite comments regarding SS. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dms1818 View Post
    . But it will be interesting to see for myself how SS's compete with geared bikes.
    it's the rider...not the gears, or lack of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4nbstd View Post
    About half way down. One of my favorite comments regarding SS. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4nbstd View Post
    About half way down. One of my favorite comments regarding SS. lol

    How can I stop breaking Sh*t

    The last line... LMAO!

    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda
    You guys and your stupid SS rigid comments. It seems like anytime someone with a hard-on for a SS gets a chance to suggest it they do. WTF?

    How do I climb better....get a SS
    Which squishy fork should I get.....go SS Rigid.
    How do I lighten my bike up....go F yourself.

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    I've probably said this before, but around where I live no-one gives a monkey's ass what bike I or anyone else rides. We don't have single speed classes in races either, you're just in there with everyone else, which is how it should be IMHO. Otherwise why not have 1x10 class, 29er class, rigid fork class and so on, ad infinitum......?

    Plenty of roadies ride single speeds, by the way - they certainly used to be a favourite winter training bike BITD, I don't know about now 'cos I'm old and out of touch.
    Anyway, if I can summon the enthusiasm I'm off out in the lovely mix of snow and mud that we have around here. Whether I'll take my SS or my FS 69er remains to be seen, no-one will care one way or the other though. That's if I even see anyone else, they've all probably got better things to do than venture out in this crap weather .

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    Some people just can't stand hipster posers with a fixie in the latest colors. Including retro fitted brakes because they actually can't ride fixed. I think it's more that than people being anti-single speed ;-)

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    Can someone be anti-singlespeeder attitude but pro-singlespeeding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus View Post
    Singlespeeds are like abortions.

    It's simple. Against abortion? Don't have one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnonymouseTech View Post
    Can someone be anti-singlespeeder attitude but pro-singlespeeding?
    There is no "singlespeeder attitude".

    There are people who are pushy and narrow-minded enough to preach their preference as a universal truth to anyone they might meet. Some of them ride singlespeeds, but you'll find these dimwits in all walks of life giving a bad name to any hobby, religion or ideology they happen to support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saul Lumikko View Post
    There is no "singlespeeder attitude".

    There are people who are pushy and narrow-minded enough to preach their preference as a universal truth to anyone they might meet. Some of them ride singlespeeds, but you'll find these dimwits in all walks of life giving a bad name to any hobby, religion or ideology they happen to support.
    Washington DC is filled with them! Seriously, I do sometimes mention to people out on the trail that they should give it a try - but only after they act like I'm super human for going up a little hill. Most people think it's harder than it really is. Spinning up a hill slower than a hiker looks terrible to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    Spinning up a hill slower than a hiker looks terrible to me.

    I agree with that statement as it stands, however in the context that it was written (geared riders are slow up hills) I don't. Riders have many valid reasons for being slow but having a derailleur on their bike isn't one of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    I agree with that statement as it stands, however in the context that it was written (geared riders are slow up hills) I don't. Riders have many valid reasons for being slow but having a derailleur on their bike isn't one of them.
    Agreed. For what it's worth I've had geared riders kick my butt up hill too. Some are fit and some are not. I just hate slow suffering. Even backpacking at altitude, my wife and I push up hill at a fairly quick pace while some just inch along at a snails pace taking like twice as long to get up a pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    . I just hate slow suffering.
    Amen brother! I'm wired the same way.

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    Gears don't necessarily make climbing easier. It takes the very same amount of energy to move a bike + rider with a certain weight up a hill at a certain speed. If you climb at a decent cadence, the climb will be easier for you because SS bikes are more efficient: less moving parts and a straight chainline. Climbing on a geared bike is only easier if the gradient is so steep that your cadence on the SS would drop too much to be efficient.

    As obvious as this sounds when it's spelled out for you, I realized this in a way that made me feel really dumb: I changed my freewheel from 16t to 18t and went riding, and wondered why the hills felt exactly as hard to climb as before. Well of course they were as hard, because I was climbing them as fast as before. I was only spinning faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saul Lumikko View Post
    Gears don't necessarily make climbing easier. It takes the very same amount of energy to move a bike + rider with a certain weight up a hill at a certain speed. If you climb at a decent cadence, the climb will be easier for you because SS bikes are more efficient: less moving parts and a straight chainline. Climbing on a geared bike is only easier if the gradient is so steep that your cadence on the SS would drop too much to be efficient.
    It may take the same energy to move x mass to y elevation but humans have a limited power range. If available torque were no obstacle then I could put it in a 53-11 and cruise up some switchbacks at 7 rpm no problem. I agree with your last statement but think that I leave that rpm range at which I remain efficient on my SS fairly often. If a hill is short enough I like to attack it in as tall a gear as possible (a lot of times my SS is just right ) and get to the flatland or DH ASAP. Lot's of times the climbs are long though and you have to conserve somewhat, if the grade is steep enough that my cadence drops below 50 or so (a guess) then I am forced to stand in order to maintain. I don't mind standing, kind of like it actually but on a long climb it helps me to get on and off the saddle. If I can't do that (due to to high a gear) then I may crest the hill in record time but be in complete oxygen debt and nearly unable to function.

    A lot of times it's not much for me, I'll be on a climb and pacing someone on a geared bike, or a SS with a few teeth less on the rear and though we are going the same speed I know from experience that I am more efficient at 70 some rpm than 50 and would arrive at the top at the same time with more juice in the tank by staying closer to my optimum rpm range.

    My SS is one of my favorite bikes ever but it does have some liabilities as well as assets.

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    Very True

    Quote Originally Posted by Saul Lumikko View Post
    Gears don't necessarily make climbing easier. It takes the very same amount of energy to move a bike + rider with a certain weight up a hill at a certain speed. If you climb at a decent cadence, the climb will be easier for you because SS bikes are more efficient: less moving parts and a straight chainline. Climbing on a geared bike is only easier if the gradient is so steep that your cadence on the SS would drop too much to be efficient.

    As obvious as this sounds when it's spelled out for you, I realized this in a way that made me feel really dumb: I changed my freewheel from 16t to 18t and went riding, and wondered why the hills felt exactly as hard to climb as before. Well of course they were as hard, because I was climbing them as fast as before. I was only spinning faster.
    The efficiency of a single speed drive train makes climbing easier even though it's harder. Also as you found out that less gear inches does not make for an easier climb. I run 34/18 on my Surly KM. Sort of a tall ratio but I can climb if I pick my line and hammer it. Some times I push but thats OK. I rode my brothers Mono Cog 29er 33/20 and climbing was not much easier, maybe a little tougher due to the fact that I was spinning more. The same thing happened on my road bike on some country rides. I climbed the steepest road I have ever seen with a 39/53 double crankset. I changed to a SRAM Rival compact drive 34/50 crank and tried the same hill thinking now that I would own it. Man was I wrong, I got my ass handed to me 3/4 of the way up. I was shocked. Too much spinning!

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    I suspect an elite group of hipster fixies behind all this anti-ss bizness!

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    I'm anti spinning class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 92gli View Post
    There was a guy a few months ago at white clay on a single speed cross bike that was working me pretty good as I followed him. Not a lot of climbing at that place but I still felt pretty lame. ha
    White Clay DE? I've only been there once, so doubt it's me, but when I was I was on my SS Iro Psychocross. Buddy rode my SS Troll.

    The only scary part was pulling the first manual on a roller. Almost launched myself into space. :P kinda forgot the three to four pound difference up front!

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    Amen to anti spinning class.

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    I have a friend who keeps telling me I'm going to hate riding once I finish building my One 9. I don't really understand all the negativity toward only having one gear. I grew up riding a BMX bike up all of the steep hills and after riding a geared bike for a few years I'm bored with having so many options. I'm tired of derailers skipping between gears on a climb or bending a derailer hanger. I'm looking forward to the challenge that SS will bring to the trails here in Oregon. I'm also going rigid and tubeless to eliminate any extra parts or pieces that could fail.

    Cyclists in general need to be more positive toward every person who chooses to ride a bicycle these days with video games and television taking over the world. If we don't band together then the bicycle lanes will go away and the trails will be closed for conservation of the environment.

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    I can't call myself a singlespeeder because I'm not yet... but when I told my buddies I was building one, my friend said, "Carrie I'm worried about you. I think you're going in the wrong direction!"

    It sorta annoyed me. Mostly because yes, he and I are going in different directions. He's getting more into the DH and sorta quit "pushing it" with climbing. I'm trying to get fitter and stronger and maybe commit to racing this summer. So to say that different means there's a right and wrong and he's right... well, it really sorta pissed me off.

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    Singlespeed xc bikes made ME a better rider. I'm. A clyde and faster than most of the " kit" sporting want to be racers. Its not because of my bike choice its because I love to ride my bike and I work on it every time I'm on it.
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    I've a bike with 9 gears, IT'S FRIGG'N AWESOME.

    I'VE ALSO a BIKE with 27 GEARS...IT'S FREAK'N AWEsome.

    I've also, ALSO a bike with 1 gear...It's frigg'n, FREAK'N awesOME.

    A few years back, riding a SS was an oddity in St. Louis, Mo. area. Now, it's no big deal. People ride what they like, no one at any trailhead or trail I've been on has anything negative to say...curious...sure, but that's great.

    The reason I started riding SS is because it was a curiosity for me...

    SS is my go to bike when it's snowy, I'm stressed, my gears are screwed, or I'm in a hurry. But...I still ride the other bikes, LOVE them all.

    As someone else stated, you despise what you don't understand.

    Ride what you want, smile, fall over, finish the ride, have a beer in the lot, talk about bikes with the other riders. All good.

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    I always laugh when the same guy(s) who give me crap for riding a single speed are stopped on the side of the trail clearing a nest of moss out of their drivetrain. Ain't nobody got time for that.
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    So the other day I was explaining what a fixed gear bike is, and they thought I was talking about a stationary bike...

    Go figure....

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    I catch alot of grief for riding my fixed road bike. I though about it though and i built that bike for two reasons. 1: It was insanely cheaper and i am a broke mf'er 2: I am looking at getting into XC and wanted to build my legs. I paid less than $200 for my fixed and love it. Not to mention my already large legs are solid as a rock and i'm climbing hills on my new ss mtb like they are flat land. Everything has a reason. Who cares if the jerk off next to you gets it. Do what you do, ride what you ride, and go where you want. Just don't be upset when the SS guys are there waiting on you.

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