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    Blinglespeeds?

    Blinglespeeds. We've all seen em. CF, Ti, custom. 1 gear, $3-4k invested, colour matches and 19lbs. But are they in the spirit of SS core culture? Have they lost something, just like the guy who has all his gear carried by sherpa's to Everest basecamp?
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    That is one heck of a word you made up. There is nothing wrong with customizing something to the max. That is half the fun.

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    agree, to a point.

    i still ride a modified BuSS, the original bianchi SS frame.

    basic, nothing special, but i love my ss bike.

    Function over form. Ride hard.

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    A single speed bike is still just a bike, not a cultural statement. When I bought my first single speed in 1999 I didn't see another one on the trail for several years. Does that mean I get to create this imaginary culture? Or was I supposed to emulate the guys that inspired me - a bunch of dudes racing the 24 Hours of Moab calling themselves Team Hugh Jass and wearing dresses? (That would've been '96 or '97 I think). Or am I supposed to ride drunk since that was what a lot of people did in the beginning at single speed races?

    Well, you know what I do? I ride my single speed. It has lots of nice parts on it too. There was no "culture" involved at all. I just like to build bikes and I like single speeds. There was no "culture" trying to tell me what parts to build it out of.

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    I ride my 1X1 with basic but nice stuff and I love it. Certainly not bling by anyones standards but I love riding it so thats all that counts. I've certainly had 'blinger' bikes but none I've enjoyed as much as this. Function first and foremost, though I do like it to look good, keep it clean and nice but any mods or upgrades are done for use first.

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    I really don't care if what I do to or on my bike is in the spirit of anything other than "fun for me". If someone else spends $10k on their SS bike, more power to them...besides, a vast majority of the riders I see on hot single speeds are really fast and fit. If we were talking about blinged out FS geared bikes, I think the Everest comparison would be more appropriate.

    If I could afford a 19# ti/carbon copy of my current bike, I'd do it in a heartbeat, but I can't, so I guess I still have spirit of SS Culture street cred?

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    Quote Originally Posted by islander View Post
    Blinglespeeds. We've all seen em. CF, Ti, custom. 1 gear, $3-4k invested, colour matches and 19lbs. But are they in the spirit of SS core culture? Have they lost something, just like the guy who has all his gear carried by sherpa's to Everest basecamp?
    Having a bike made for you, by one person in their machine shop who is a craftsman or buying a mass produced machine made in a huge factory in Asia.

    Not knocking either but if I really strip it back to basics then the first option strikes me as more "core".

    At the end of the day it's not what you ride, where you ride or how hard you ride but how much fun you have riding it. Anyone who goes out for for a bike ride and comes back grinning from ear to ear is doing it right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by islander View Post
    Blinglespeeds. We've all seen em. CF, Ti, custom. 1 gear, $3-4k invested, colour matches and 19lbs. But are they in the spirit of SS core culture? Have they lost something, just like the guy who has all his gear carried by sherpa's to Everest basecamp?
    If they have one gear...It's in the spirit of the SS core culture, regardless of the bikes cost.

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    *shrug* I ponied up the money for Hope skewers and SP collar just because it said Hope on it and matched the headset and hubs. I didn't even look up weight to see if those $50 skewers were the lightest out there and I didn't "need" to spend that extra $75 for crap I had 3-4 of each sitting around in the parts bin, but it made me happier doing it and it looks nice.

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    I agree that usually not everyone would built a high end SS. If you are building such a bike you really know what you want and you know exactly how to ride it. Can't say so about people building bling carbon geared suspension bikes. I know a man who is building hi end carbon lightweight geared hardtail. Practically he does'nt even ride it, he is just building it with lighter and lighter parts (frames, forks, brakes) for last 2 years. I really would be happy if he build a rigid SS (which is lighter than any geared hardtail) or even brakeless fixedgear XC bike (which is possible to be used on our trails (he won't ride the most technical ones in any case on any bike)) and kick ass on it.

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    At first I read this, are dinglespeeds still singlespeeds. I was confused about all the answers.

    Then I re-read it as are singlespeeds (blinglespeed) still singlespeeds. I was confused about the question.

    In your analysis with Everest, how should you climb it the most "raw/hardcore/man/tough/true" way? Naked, by yourself,and without oxygen or help? Only then did you really do it because sherpas, fancy new clothing, and oxygen is cheating? I guess any nice advancement in cycling is also not raw by your terms, so we should all just run instead of cycling because it is the ubertrue (I can make up words too) way of SS.

    I agree with a lot of the comments. The really nice single speeds in my area are all rode on by super fast guys. I have yet to see a blingy single speed being ridden by a slow person.

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    And I will say I've raced single speeds on 12hr endurance two years running now (this will be my 3rd year).

    First year was on my rigid 27lbs se stout. It was fun and I was beat, averaging about 65-76 min 10mi laps. Second year I built up a rigid carbon/steel 21lbs On-One Inbred with the previously mentioned Hope bling and was averaging a much more respectable 53-57min laps putting out about the same effort. Granted I had another year of riding/training under my belt (going on about 6yrs heavy riding total to date), but I was pretty much in the same shape for both rides.

    So yes... I do think that the "blinglespeed" made a difference. Maybe it was 75% mental/25% physical or the other way around, but that "bling" made me ride faster, farther and have a lot more fun one way or another, so it was worth it to me.

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    Whatever others want to spend is their business. I don't care if they make fashion statements, heedlessly waste money, etc.

    I have a nice rigid SIR 9 that I built up for $1,100 total and daz good enough for meeee

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    aka...i don't have the money to spend on a $4K singlespeed and i want to justify riding a beater"

    jk

    until you ride a cf or ti singlespeed, you will not understand. also, a ton of the $4k is in the brakes and wheels etc.

    should we all settle for crap wheels and brakes to?

    ss is for simplicity. cf, ti, etc does not change the simplicity of the machine imo.

    have you seen what kids are racing on today in bmx!?

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    As long as they have a big grin on their faces, who cares what and how fast they ride.

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    I have a "blinglespeed" and I haven't lost anything.

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    My ss is a Ludite. Some will say not special but it is mine. Only "bling" on it is a lego Darth Vader zip tied to the handle bars. Why? Vader reminds me of being a kid, just like riding. I guess that makes me the Sith of the Trails......

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    Blinglesleeds?

    If the bike is a trailer queen ... I mean rack or garage queen, that's a joke. But if guys are riding them hard, then I say more power to them! I think a super light high performance SS would be pretty fun and cooler than a blinged out geared bike.

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    I am a fan of either bling or non-bling, and went middle of the road on my current SS build with about $2k in it. Has all the parts that I wanted on it based upon my previous SS rides, and is a nice bike to me. No one else matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by islander View Post
    Blinglespeeds. We've all seen em. CF, Ti, custom. 1 gear, $3-4k invested, colour matches and 19lbs. But are they in the spirit of SS core culture? Have they lost something, just like the guy who has all his gear carried by sherpa's to Everest basecamp
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    no....nothing is lost. Some people have the means, patience and drive to 'invest' in something they love.

    And your analogy of a sherpa helping a climber vs. a 'nice' bike doesn't hold water...

    Compare an old ratted Mazda RX-7 vs. a Lotus on a twisty course then you have an analogy - the better driver will win....just as the better rider will be faster/smoother on any 1 geared bike regardless of cost.

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    Blinglesleeds?

    I think this thread should have photos to help us decide.

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    If you're rolling a high dollar tricked out SS you've likely paid your dues in the SS game and are a straight baller in the trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brianW. View Post
    My ss is a Ludite. Some will say not special but it is mine. Only "bling" on it is a lego Darth Vader zip tied to the handle bars. Why? Vader reminds me of being a kid, just like riding. I guess that makes me the Sith of the Trails......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Possum Jones View Post
    The Luddite is an awesome SS and a gateway bike to blingyness
    X3 lovin the Luddite, I put a Niner DF bar on it and schwalbe tires does that make it Blingy! in the 29er forum I see some poeple with the Import Carbon rims and I just think Really??? More power to them.
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    I have a $3k One9 that I built up because it's my dream bike. I have more in the brakes, wheels, and crank than what it costs to buy the frame and carbon fork. I ride a rigid 29er and the love for the simplicity will always be there no matter how much money is in the bike. I'm not rich, I don't make big bucks, I just wanted a Rigid 29er that was less than 20 lbs. I am looking for a frame to build up a low dollar Singlespeed road bike for commuting everyday.

    This Bling Bling Singlespeed sits in my living room where it can be warm every night yet gets ridden in the Sun, Rain, and even Snow every day to and from Work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HEMIjer View Post
    X3 lovin the Luddite, I put a Niner DF bar on it and schwalbe tires does that make it Blingy! in the 29er forum I see some poeple with the Import Carbon rims and I just think Really??? More power to them.
    The import carbon rims are being raced successfully by clydesdales. Not sure what this means. Some of the bling carbon rims do come with neat graphics though! (and maybe a better expensive warranty..)

    Back to blinglespeeds!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    I think this thread should have photos to help us decide.
    Always down for photo postage...


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    Lipstick on a Pig?

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    ...perhaps to some, but it most often drags my fat arse from behind the keyboard, and onto the dirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea138 View Post
    I put down so much power on climbs that it stretches my chain every time I ride

    nice wheels y0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyin_W View Post
    Lipstick on a Pig?

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    ...perhaps to some, but it most often drags my fat arse from behind the keyboard, and onto the dirt.
    What part is bling? Perhaps lightweight inner tubes.. The NINER posted by Andrea138 is what people are referring to when the term "blinglespeed" is used I think!?

    Confused.

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    Ok peeps, if you're postin' pics of your blinglespeeds in this thread, how about putting a price on 'em? I think the OP was offended by the price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rydbyk View Post
    What part is bling? Perhaps lightweight inner tubes..

    Confused.
    His Unit is just about all upgraded/replaced besides the saddle and brake (unless it's a new BB7). I'm the same way with my Unit. Over the years, I've upgraded wheels (Flow with CK hubs), BB/cranks (CK with Saint), then headset (CK), and now stem, handlebar and seatpost (all Raceface Turbine). Only thing stock on my bike is saddle, fork, and brakes. And I've spent close to $2k on upgrades, bringing the grand total of $3k. It's still a heavy steel frame rigid ss though. I think that's the beauty of steel frame rigid ss bikes. You can have it all decked out and still not attractive enough to crackheads.
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    This isn't mine, but I this has gotta count. It's even got a bling ring.

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    I just like nice bikes, could care less about trying to be cool. As for price, I did not track the cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rydbyk View Post
    What part is bling? Perhaps lightweight inner tubes.. The NINER posted by Andrea138 is what people are referring to when the term "blinglespeed" is used I think!?

    Confused.
    Looks like a custom steel frame, with some expensive components on it to me. Maybe I am missing something.

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    Not Quite Blingy One9 and SIR9

    Here are my additions:
    I was able to build these up with many used parts (stems, posts, bars, cranks, brakes, front tires, pedals). With frames on closeout and wheelsets discounted by Stans (15% veteran discount) I was able to build each up for ~$1,700-1,800. Each part carefully selected for a combination of strength, beauty, weight and cost. With the One9 I was going for a silver/white theme so I did not get blingy with colors, but it did mean compromise. Some parts cost more, were harder to find used, and even weighed more (ie.Stans rims are +40g each in white). Naturally the wheels were the most expensive pieces of these builds (Arch w/Hopes). Could have gone lighter or more blingy with colors, but the Hopes are strong and the silver hubs/spokes/nipples fit the color theme I was shooting for. The One 9 was built up first (my main ride). The SIR9 later, with nearly identical parts (for easy swapping when nec.). This is the wife's main ride, and I give it some love now and again. It is currently a 1x9 front squish. Come November it will be converted back to a rigid SS (w/matching steel fork) and it will be my go-to ride until my fair-weather-riding wife is ready to hit the trails again.
    Really glad I got these built up while I was still employed.
    FWIW the One9 is ~19.4lbs. The SIR9 is ~25.5lbs right now. It sits at ~22lbs. in SS mode.

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    I guess I consider my SS to be pretty blinged out, even though my frame is not Ti or carbon...

    But it's Chris King all over the place (bb, hubs), xtr race brakes, carbon Niner bar and fork, xtr 960's, niner ti cog, etc.

    At 20.3 lbs, it's light and helps me get myself up the climbs.

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    "I enjoy riding and I enjoy riding a nice bike"
    Couldn't agree more SlowpokePete! Mine is extra blingy at 16.4

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    To prevent further derailling this thread that was a poor attempt to find people disgusted by high dollar SS bikes....Only mid-90's converted to SS for $500 (preferably less) bikes are now allowed to be displayed.

    PLEASE refrain from posting such audacious bikes that go against all that is the essence of SS, and refer to the unofficial MTBR blinglespeed photo thread:

    Who has the baddest singlespeed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel J View Post
    To prevent further derailling this thread that was a poor attempt to find people disgusted by high dollar SS bikes....Only mid-90's converted to SS for $500 (preferably less) bikes are now allowed to be displayed.

    PLEASE refrain from posting such audacious bikes that go against all that is the essence of SS, and refer to the unofficial MTBR blinglespeed photo thread:

    Who has the baddest singlespeed?
    How's this. If I recall correctly the new fork and conversion kit cost me about $50... well under the 500 limit.

    Although the dice stem caps may push it back into the realm of the blinglespeed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel J View Post
    To prevent further derailling this thread that was a poor attempt to find people disgusted by high dollar SS bikes....Only mid-90's converted to SS for $500 (preferably less) bikes are now allowed to be displayed.

    PLEASE refrain from posting such audacious bikes that go against all that is the essence of SS, and refer to the unofficial MTBR blinglespeed photo thread:

    Who has the baddest singlespeed?
    No Man, the title is "Blinglespeeds", not mid-90's converted to SS for $500. I took it as he wanted examples of Blinglespeeds

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydbyk View Post
    What part is bling? Perhaps lightweight inner tubes.. The NINER posted by Andrea138 is what people are referring to when the term "blinglespeed" is used I think!?

    Confused.
    Yes, since not the OP, confused sounds far better than condescending doooshnozzle.
    To answer rather than ignore your (?), and that my intent was not to derail, here's the background.
    Was looking for a 2011 Unit, LBS had none in stock with a 3 month wait, so I bought this 2010 for < $500.
    Built these...
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    polished Flows on Hope's w/ DT comps & Storm SL rotors - tubeless, so no lightweight tubes are involved.
    Discovered that this bike gets ridden far more than my geared FS rig, so I replaced:
    Cranks e.13 SS w/ Gamut 32t ring, and red Candy-3's
    ODIS fork with red Woodman HS, Thomson stem & seatpost w/ red Salsa clamp.
    Salsa 17 bend2 bars, ODI grips, SD7 levers/ Jagwire cables, WTB Pure race saddle.

    Now looking at Ti SS frames, and will likely transfer most parts, hence my comment - lipstick on a pig?
    To clarify, red is the 'bling", NINER uses small font, and the BB-7 calipers are the sole OEM survivor.
    Now back to the show..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevob View Post
    Ok peeps, if you're postin' pics of your blinglespeeds in this thread, how about putting a price on 'em? I think the OP was offended by the price.
    I'll bite...



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    Quote Originally Posted by cary724 View Post
    I took it as he wanted examples of Blinglespeeds
    In short, I took his comments as an insult to anyone who decided to spend a good deal of money on a SS bike.

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    Yea, I took it as him trying to discredit people for not riding their bike in the most "core" way because they spent a lot of money on it. Money is all relative. $3K may mean nothing to some people. Riding a bike is still riding a bike whether you spent $100 or $10,000 on it. Riding a SS is still riding a SS only the number of gears matter, it doesn't matter how much you spent on it.

    Am I so crazy that I like nice things? Am I so crazy that I like nice things that also look purdy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel J View Post
    In short, I took his comments as an insult to anyone who decided to spend a good deal of money on a SS bike.
    I own fairly cheap bikes as I have other things to do with my money right now, but I totally support the pursuit of finding that perfect SS at any cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel J View Post
    In short, I took his comments as an insult to anyone who decided to spend a good deal of money on a SS bike.

    I agree with you, i was just playing stupid and feeding into the original post )

    I see nothing wrong with a $100 or a $10,00 bike! whatever gets you out there. I've been riding since 95, I'm at a point now where I know this is something i like ad will continue to do. Most important at a point where I can drop some $$ on a bike, so why not

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    I spent a lot of money on my SS. A LOT. I've worked my ass off to get to the point where I can afford such a beautiful machine....That's probably why I took the original comments as a slight to the people who I know are out there like myself. I ride it every chance that I get, it doesn't just sit and look pretty.

    I don't care if it's 20 degrees, ice, and snow...I go out and RIDE it. Is that not "core" enough?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel J View Post
    To prevent further derailling this thread that was a poor attempt to find people disgusted by high dollar SS bikes....Only mid-90's converted to SS for $500 (preferably less) bikes are now allowed to be displayed.

    PLEASE refrain from posting such audacious bikes that go against all that is the essence of SS, and refer to the unofficial MTBR blinglespeed photo thread:

    Who has the baddest singlespeed?
    Bingo...here it is...
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    94 Diamondback Apex (True Temper steel frame), same year Manitou Mach 5 fork, original brakes & cranks (Shimano LX), Specialized saddle, Control Tech stem & post, Profile bars...it's a dinosaur...but it's super fun.

    That being said...I'm building something that's maybe not so blingy, but it's at least from this decade. Kinda wanted to make sure I was down with the SS before I dropped any spousal noticed coin on a new ride.
    I'm having more FUN than anybody!

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    The bike & components in my photo just look pretty because most of it's brand new & just washed. The more it costs, the harder I ride it (TWSS, or something)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyin_W View Post
    Yes, since not the OP, confused sounds far better than condescending doooshnozzle.
    To answer rather than ignore your (?), and that my intent was not to derail, here's the background.
    Was looking for a 2011 Unit, LBS had none in stock with a 3 month wait, so I bought this 2010 for < $500.
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    polished Flows on Hope's w/ DT comps & Storm SL rotors - tubeless, so no lightweight tubes are involved.
    Discovered that this bike gets ridden far more than my geared FS rig, so I replaced:
    Cranks e.13 SS w/ Gamut 32t ring, and red Candy-3's
    ODIS fork with red Woodman HS, Thomson stem & seatpost w/ red Salsa clamp.
    Salsa 17 bend2 bars, ODI grips, SD7 levers/ Jagwire cables, WTB Pure race saddle.

    Now looking at Ti SS frames, and will likely transfer most parts, hence my comment - lipstick on a pig?
    To clarify, red is the 'bling", NINER uses small font, and the BB-7 calipers are the sole OEM survivor.
    Now back to the show..
    Edit: Needed kinder words.

    OK OK..you got me.

    Your bike would be considered a "blinglespeed" for sure. Your bike is a boutique build for sure.
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    ^ rydbyk,
    Thanks for the red chicklet!
    Now my descriptive appears to be deadly accurate.
    Will not repay the favor, and let karma fall where it may.

    Think the misconception of bling (color) vs big $$$ has ruffled a few SS feathers.
    Had no intent to do so, only that by adding some makes it your steed.
    IDC what bike you're on, so long as it visits dirt regularly, and isn't just garage art.

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    Re: Blinglesleeds?

    Leeds or speeds? Anyway...

    Personally I only like the extremes - cheapo builds that 'do the job' or uber-smart engineering masterpieces.

    It's the mid-range stuff that bores me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyin_W View Post
    ^ rydbyk,
    Thanks for the red chicklet!
    Now my descriptive appears to be deadly accurate.
    Will not repay the favor, and let karma fall where it may.

    Think the misconception of bling (color) vs big $$$ has ruffled a few SS feathers.
    Had no intent to do so, only that by adding some makes it your steed.
    IDC what bike you're on, so long as it visits dirt regularly, and isn't just garage art.
    I would ding you again for talking about rep in forums...but I can't.

    Funny Flying W....you acted childlike and resorted to name calling. You called me "*****nozzle" on a public forum for questioning why your average normal fairly nice bike was posted up on a thread about blinglespeeds.

    Sorry bud.

    Perhaps you should have read the OP's description of what a blinglespeed is first.

    Just sayin'

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    I guess I have 5 " Blinglespeeds" Here are a few.

    The Ragley TD:1 is 15lbs 14oz

    The Lurcher is 17 lbs 9oz now

    The Vassago just looks sweet.
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    This is gonna bring a world of hate:



    But I don't care I worked hard, I earned it and it rides like a dream.

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    OP here. OK, maybe the Everest analogy wasn't the best. But here's the thing, with an egalitarian SS like the 25lb Vassago or Karate Monkey, the SS rider could be saying 'it's the rider, not the bike' to the FS guys he/she passes on the trail. But when you best 'em on a 18lbs SS wonder bike, you really can't say the same. So the question becomes, is a key part of SS having it be about technique and fitness of the rider rather than enablement by technology? If you agree with this sentiment, you might think the blinglespeed is a contradiction, regardless of the rider's mean to pay for it.

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    i think you have a complex problem and should quit minding what other people ride.
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    Re: Blinglesleeds?

    And don't you dare insinuate that my Karate Monkey isn't a wonder bike!

    Yeah I only carry cans cause I'm a weight weenie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishcreek View Post
    i think you have a complex problem and should quit minding what other people ride.
    lol

    yes. this is not acceptable behavior on mtbr. i am not sure if mtbr forums would even exist if we followed your rule. haha.

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    Haha no. I just dont understand why is he creating a standard on what a single speed bike should be.
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    I just ordered all the parts for my new ss. It's an inbred and i totalled less than $700 with everything except wheels and tires. Is it a blinglespeed...to most probably not. To me? Ya damn right it is, why? Because it's mine. This is my single speed there are many single speeds like it but this one is mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by islander View Post
    OP here. OK, maybe the Everest analogy wasn't the best. But here's the thing, with an egalitarian SS like the 25lb Vassago or Karate Monkey, the SS rider could be saying 'it's the rider, not the bike' to the FS guys he/she passes on the trail. But when you best 'em on a 18lbs SS wonder bike, you really can't say the same. So the question becomes, is a key part of SS having it be about technique and fitness of the rider rather than enablement by technology? If you agree with this sentiment, you might think the blinglespeed is a contradiction, regardless of the rider's mean to pay for it.
    So beating geared riders on my Monocog is okay but when I do it on the Blacksheep it's cheating ??

    I don't see the logic in your hypothesis. A key part of rider fitness is efficient use of energy and why should I expend it racing on a heavier bike. That's not efficient and not the best use of my fitness. When I race and beat geared riders not once ever, has someone come up to me afterwards and used your argument. They come up, we have a laugh about the race, we share a beer (because a post race beer is "core" SS), they say I'm crazy for doing it on a rigid SS and we have a good time. Invariably they want to ride the bike or admire the craftsmanship of it and that's cool with me.

    I've never experienced an elitist or snobby attitude from anyone just because my bike is "expensive". It's no more money than their top-end Trek, Cannondale, Specialized, Niner etc etc, it's just different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by islander View Post
    OP here. OK, maybe the Everest analogy wasn't the best. But here's the thing, with an egalitarian SS like the 25lb Vassago or Karate Monkey, the SS rider could be saying 'it's the rider, not the bike' to the FS guys he/she passes on the trail. But when you best 'em on a 18lbs SS wonder bike, you really can't say the same. So the question becomes, is a key part of SS having it be about technique and fitness of the rider rather than enablement by technology? If you agree with this sentiment, you might think the blinglespeed is a contradiction, regardless of the rider's mean to pay for it.

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    @Driver Bob

    Correct. This same thing could be applied to EVERY level of competitiveness. "Not fair, the second baseman got the golden glove award on the other team, but he had a nicer glove than me!!"

    Or... "Yeh, he beat me yesterday at the marathon, but his shoes were like .02 ounces lighter than mine!"

    On the other hand, if you are the one winning races on a 32 pound road bike sorta thing, then props to you!! Haha.

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    If you spend $500 on an SS or $5,000 on an SS you are getting out of your house and riding your bike. My bike almost always looks nice and clean because I ride her through anything and clean her up afterward. Maybe to some of the rich and famous,$3,000 is nothing but for those of us who have worked hard to save up the money to build a very nice bike, that $3,000 SS is everything to us. The transmission in my car went out and I didn't have the heart to sell my frame and fork so I sold the car and built up my bike. It doesn't matter how much you spend or how nice your bike looks, if you are out riding it as much as you can, then you are cool in my book. I have a "Blinglespeed" according to the OP but I still check out classic steel road bikes that are covered in rust because they are still being ridden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoShoes View Post
    If you spend $500 on an SS or $5,000 on an SS you are getting out of your house and riding your bike. My bike almost always looks nice and clean because I ride her through anything and clean her up afterward. Maybe to some of the rich and famous,$3,000 is nothing but for those of us who have worked hard to save up the money to build a very nice bike, that $3,000 SS is everything to us. The transmission in my car went out and I didn't have the heart to sell my frame and fork so I sold the car and built up my bike. It doesn't matter how much you spend or how nice your bike looks, if you are out riding it as much as you can, then you are cool in my book. I have a "Blinglespeed" according to the OP but I still check out classic steel road bikes that are covered in rust because they are still being ridden.
    A wonderful summary...singlespeed, blinglespeed, schminglespeed...I don't know if some would consider my SS's as "blingle" but that is unimportant. What makes them "blingle" to ME is when I see that stem I ate balogna sammiches for, or those bars I got from wearing the same crappy shoes for, the frame I spent a winter and practically all my disposable income to build are "blingle" to ME, and THAT is the essence of a "blinglespeed" to me...that it makes the owner happy to ride, happy to maintain, and happy to have, and what a good investment it is to THEM because they probobly made some sacrifices for it.

    When people see a Ti or carbon frame or 1500.00 wheelset or whatever, it is extremely presumptuous to assume that person got it without sacrifice and automatically presume them to be rich bike snobs. I would bet that is the exception more than most think. They made some sacrifices for those like anybody else. I have well over 3,000 pics in my bike porn folder and would wager only 15-20% are what some are defining as "blinglespeed". The rest are the utilitarian steel frames or aluminum, some carbon frames people built a part at a time, whatever, all great bikes. The ones the rider bought for what he could afford and spent time and savings to add parts and post the pics up with each upgrade because to THEM, they ARE "blingle". I save them because they have a, for lack of a better, less corny term, a soul, a bike soul...something about them fascinated me and I imagined a quick spin on them and thought it looked fun and saved the pic they posted. I've followed a lot of builds on here as well as your Niner too (I don't have a car either LOL) and seldom does anyone say "Oh here is a picture of my horrid P.O.S. that is so sh*tty I felt compelled to post it...it's that embarrasing, it's awful." They took the time to put it up because the bike is important to them. They are proud of them as they should be. Bikes are one of the last bastions of individuality. Where 5 guys start with the same 5 bikes and all end up entirely different, and I could care less what the total cost is.

    Someone is riding it and hopefully getting the same freeing feeling that I get everytime I get on one. I like my geared bikes but my SS's make me feel like I am 8 years old again and riding all day with my friends on our 40lb Schwinn Stingrays...only I'm probobly slower now.

    I guarantee the Lego Darth Vader is the first thing that owner's eyes go to everytime he sees his bike as quick as the other guy's eyes go to his frame made of unobtainium with the tubeless helium filled nanogram tires...both are "blingle" in my book. I wish I could remember who to credit for this quote off here but I loved it and has been on my fridge ever since, it went "Bikes aren't fast, people are fast. Bikes are overpriced. It's an important distinction."

    Ride whatever inspires you to ride, what you think is blingle, and help others re-discover how they felt once by letting them take a spin on your bike if they don't ride now. Liked your post, I thought it was spot on. Here's mine, blingle or not..

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    As others have said, as long as it gets ridden hard and enjoyed, it doesn't matter if the bike costs $100 or $5000. I also think most of the high end singelspeeds get used a lot more than the blinged out FS bikes I see attached to Range Rovers.

    I bought my dream bike almost 5 years ago, and still totally love it. I have other bikes, but this one gets ridden the most by far:
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    My take on "blinglespeeds" (god I hate that term- kinda like "brifter.")
    I have some darn nice equipment on a fairly nice production frame- King hubs and headset on a Canfield Nimble 9. Not really what I'd consider "bling," but expensive stuff for most.
    My stuff gets ridden. 100 mile races, training for said races, and general riding in between.
    When one looks at cost per use, or better yet cost per mile, the expense comes down significantly. The reason some of the components cost so much is that they're really well made, and will last a long time.
    I personally don't buy stuff to impress anyone. As someone who's worked on bikes professionally since the first Bush was in office, I've seen some high-dollar stuff that turns heads, but ends up being crap. The stuff that works is worth the extra money.

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    I'm fairly certain the OP would consider my bike a Blinglespeed but I don't care. I didn't care back in 1997 when everyone on geared bikes laughed at me for owning a SS and I don't care now if people don't like my component choices. I ride for me and because it makes me feel like a kid again.

    Oh and mine weighs 13.91lbs and cost me $6001.
    Enjoy looking at it, I never tire of riding it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattkock View Post
    I'm fairly certain the OP would consider my bike a Blinglespeed but I don't care. I didn't care back in 1997 when everyone on geared bikes laughed at me for owning a SS and I don't care now if people don't like my component choices. I ride for me and because it makes me feel like a kid again.

    Oh and mine weighs 13.91lbs and cost me $6001.
    Enjoy looking at it, I never tire of riding it!
    Awesome bike. Funny thing is that you probably have a childhood photo nearly identical to this accept that instead of a $6000 dollar bike at your knee, it is a $10 soccer ball.

    Oh how things change... haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattkock View Post
    I've heard of ppl using chainrings for sprockets, but, never a sprocket for a chainring. lol. All kidding aside, awesome bike and probably significantly faster than me and my gearing. I can't pedal high cadence to save my life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboy23 View Post
    I've heard of ppl using chainrings for sprockets, but, never a sprocket for a chainring. lol. All kidding aside, awesome bike and probably significantly faster than me and my gearing. I can't pedal high cadence to save my life.
    I guess a few compromises were made to get to that weight ... looks great at any rate.

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    Here is my Blinglespeed, oh...o.p. and I am a fat clydesdale also...muhuhahaha I built my wheels, developed a semi custom paint scheme , had custom made stickers, built it from frame up myself...but my bike has no soul, just more import garbage...and I don't smile every time I ride it.... At least Ben Franklin approves.


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    Some of these bikes make me just want to cry they are so beautiful. One day i will save/make the money to afford a Blinglespeed. Until then? I am going to beat the ever loving hell out of my Inbred.

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    Thanks guys. The gearing is a 22x12 or 1.8 to 1 like a 32x17 which is pretty good for here in Texas. I do go through chains quicker than I would prefer.

    That Custom Paint is the TITS Adim!!!! Drool.
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    Spring TX must be the blinglespeed capital. There are 20 plus sub 20 pound bikes, 10 plus sub 18 pound bikes and at least 4 sub 16 pound bikes in a few mile area around 1960. There have been a few times where the four bikes hanging off the back of Matts truck are worth 30 grand in total.
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    How it all began. I think this was my first true blinglespeed. 1999 I think. EBBs were kind of a new concept. King SS specific hub. Ventana El Toro.

    SS frames were not abundent back then by any means.

    I was coming off a tricked out BOSS from Bianchi that I purchased around 1996 or so.
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    Here is my wife's Blinglespeed. It's really nice and she Loves it!

    Niner EMD frame, Niner Carbon fork, (both Moondust Grey) Pink King headset and hubs on Crests with Tye-Dyed Ti spokes and Pink nipples, Pink Hope brakes (not in pic yet) carbon seatpost and bar, ALL Ti or Allooy bolts (purple) etc. etc. etc. 17.00lbs. If she went clipless it would be in the 16s.

    Oh yeah to the OP, $4500 and Blingy as Hell!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea138 View Post
    From now on, when someone comes to the Women's Lounge asking, "what should I get for my wife/girlfriend?" I'm going to reference this post.
    That question gets asked ??? ...LOL...

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    Here is my wife's Blinglespeed. It's really nice and she Loves it!

    Niner EMD frame, Niner Carbon fork, (both Moondust Grey) Pink King headset and hubs on Crests with Tye-Dyed Ti spokes and Pink nipples, Pink Hope brakes (not in pic yet) carbon seatpost and bar, ALL Ti or Allooy bolts (purple) etc. etc. etc. 17.00lbs. If she went clipless it would be in the 16s.

    Oh yeah to the OP, $4500 and Blingy as Hell!
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    Blinglesleeds?

    So to sum up SS mtb core culture, according to subsample posting here, SS isn't about being inherently thrifty, or proving anything about 'it being about the engine'. But rather its just about riding the bike that floats your boat. I get that, not hard to understand. To be clear, I have nothing against bling bikes, and have owned geared ones in the 15yrs I have been on mtbr.

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    Blinglesleeds?

    Maybe single speeding is just about single speeding? Lots of ways to ride SS.

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    I put down so much power on climbs that it stretches my chain every time I ride

    It's much more likely that your Bio-Centric EBB is slipping, not your chain stretching.

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    Here is my newest Blinglespeed. And before everyone get's all in a Huff about it being a DH bike it is still a SingleSpeed and quite Blingy.
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    Here's mine! I haven't figured out what all I have in it but not all that much due to quite a bit of wheel'n and deal'n parts swapping and upgrading as I go. I still have green Niner RDO handlebars, stem, and seat post headed my way though! This is one of the smoothest bikes Iíve ever owned and will put a smile of my face for a long while!!

    Itís currently sitting right at 18.6 lbs as pictured. Thereís other places I can shed weight after the RDO gear gets here but I like it as is!!

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    My steed. running a fox fork now that I've moved up into the rooty new england area. not sure on the $$$ but got a good deal on almost all of it. under 19 lbs with the chisel fork. Plastic is fantastic
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    My Dream Bike

    I rode a Vassago for several years, loved it. I started racing more and I wanted to set up my game.

    Stumpjumper 2013 SS Specific Carbon w/Carbon post
    Truvativ Bars
    Roval 29 Carbon Wheelset
    SID XX Fork
    SRAM XX1 cranks
    XTR brakes/pedals
    Fast Track Control 2.2 on front and rear

    This build was close to $6K and weighs just over 20lbs (due to heavy KMC chain)

    The difference in efficiency has been tremendous. Climbs like a dream, takes off like a rocket on straights when I lock the fork, and it goes exactly where I point it. Absolutely loving it so far... time will tell how the carbon holds up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by el nobody View Post
    I rode a Vassago for several years, loved it. I started racing more and I wanted to set up my game.

    Stumpjumper 2013 SS Specific Carbon w/Carbon post
    Truvativ Bars
    Roval 29 Carbon Wheelset
    SID XX Fork
    SRAM XX1 cranks
    XTR brakes/pedals
    Fast Track Control 2.2 on front and rear

    This build was close to $6K and weighs just over 20lbs (due to heavy KMC chain)

    The difference in efficiency has been tremendous. Climbs like a dream, takes off like a rocket on straights when I lock the fork, and it goes exactly where I point it. Absolutely loving it so far... time will tell how the carbon holds up.

    Nice build. Little more bling than mine for sure. One thing I'm curious of is of course the cranks? What Q factor. And what chain are you running? I'm sure you faced the dilemma of how slim the single ring bb30 crank options are without running stupid adapters. I've just been running the oem SRAM bb30 cranks off my old 1x10 stumpy evo (boat anchors) in hopes of a dedicated ss carbon bb30 crank. Or Chris kings pf24 bb

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    Whose seat is that? That thing is so sexy and it would make me ride at least 5mph faster just on cool points alone LOL. It makes me think of the Wizard of Oz where the mean witch wanting Dorothy's shoes said "I MUST HAVE THOSE SHOES LITTLE GIRL" only it's your seat...
    Where there is choice, there is misery...

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    I'm running the KMC D101-Gold - BMX chain. I broke several smaller chains, and I've had zero issue with this one. I honestly don't know the Q factor... my LBS built this up for me.. not sure if they used adaptors.

    The saddle is the Specialized Phenom Expert w/ti rails

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    Are you running 1/8 cog and chainring on your build or are you only running 3/32? im in the market for a enw chain and wondering if the 1/8 has enough slop to make any noise and be annoying or to go with another 3/32 chain. Thanks!

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