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    Don't call it singlespeed

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    Singlespeeding should be renamed to 1-geared biking (SS --> 1G).

    Think about it.. I may only run one gear ratio, but I can ride my bike at many different speeds.

    Case in point: when I'm out riding with my 4-year old son, I go about 10kph. When I'm biking to work, I average 20 kph. When I'm trying to get away from the neighbor's dog, I go 30 kph. All on the same, 1-geared bike.

    I guess the term "speed" here is culled from the automotive industry, where they equated "speed" with "gear"

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    This is inspired by Sparty's post A dinglespeed is not a singlespeed
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    One gear bike riding is more acurate. It should be one gear RATIO riding. You do need two gears to achive a ratio. One gear is inneffective. However, technically we can only ride in one gear ratio at a time even on a 27 possible gear ratio bike. You know with deraileurs and such. Isn't this also confusing. I.E. only one gear ratio at a time is ridden regardless of the possible combinations available on said bike. Much like the original confusion over "dinglespeeding". To be most acurate I think we all enjoy two gear choiceless exclusive single ratio riding. Except for those of us on belt drive, they enjoy two pulley choiceless exclusive single ratio riding.

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    I am going to go out and rock some trails on my T.G.C.E.S.R.R.! Dude. When speaking of the bike it is a Two Gear Choiceless Exclusive Single Ratio Ride. It could also end in riding for use as a verb.

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    One ratio! Rhymes with fel....

    Wait a minute. More Nyquil, please.

    Hey seriously, you're absolutely right. But just as Scotch Tape and Kleenex and Coke have displaced transparent tape, facial tissue and cola, I'm afraid "singlespeed" might be too imbedded in the lexicon. Regardless, I'm going to try "single ratio" on people for the next couple weeks and see how it goes.

    "Hey man, nice singleratio!" Kinda rolls off the tongue, doesn't it.

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    This means will have to start a singleratio photo thread....or two.

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    singlegearinches ftw!
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    I personally prefer derailleur challenged mountain cyclist (DCMC).
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    I like DCMC. I also like KISS for reference to singlespeeding. Either Keep It Single Speed or Keep It Simple Stupid.
    Ne quid nimis.
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    ...man you guys got a lot of free time, go out and ride.
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    The OP is playing fast and loose with semantics and indeed has too much idle time on his/her hands. "Single speed" is fluid and alliterative, not to mention, adequately descriptive. I don't think anyone--even the bicycling neophyte--is in danger of thinking that "single speed" means that such bikes are unable to travel at anything but one speed.

    By the OP's logic, the renaming would necessarily affect other multi-geared vehicles as well: 27-speed bikes and cars with 6-speed slushboxes, for example.
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    How can I have the same number of posts on two different posts?

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    Now on three? Oh I get it. It updates all posts. Never replied to the same thread close enough to notice this feature, er quirk or whatever before. This is actually the 247th post. All others were previous.

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    Nerds!

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    It should be named after me...

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    Do you have a VDOP?

    Hey-What do ya think huh, huh.

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    Do you have VD?

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    so, instead of calling it "sunrise" and "sunset" could we just call it another half (plus or minus depending on time of year) of a revolution with reference to the sun?

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    Inbound or outbound tangential sunstrike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    Inbound or outbound tangential sunstrike.

    --sParty

    I thought you said you were off the nyquil.

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    This thread blew up the ghey-0-meter.

    how 'bout mono cog or shiftless bike.
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    I think the point is single-speed as opposed to 18-speed or 21-speed, etc. "Speed" is dubbed (traditionally) for "gearing".

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    Quote Originally Posted by marxuser
    I thought you said you were off the nyquil.
    Superior intellect can be a heavy burden.

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    Why does the carpet smell like cat pee over there?
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    Bringing philosophy into biking is just a bad idea. I'll stick with singlespeed.

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    How about "shifter free" bicycle?

    That would mean multispeeds, the term I generally use when refering to bikes with more than one cog on the drive train, are "Full of Shift"?

    Hey Sparty, did the antibiotics they give you clear up that spirochete infestation?
    Authorities speculate that speed may have been a factor. They are also holding gravity and inertia for questioning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caffeine Powered
    How about "shifter free" bicycle?...
    Yeahbutt... dingles lack shifters, and yet... they manage to shift gears. Somehow. Yet we've all agreed that dingles are not singlespeeds. Uh, haven't we?

    Quote Originally Posted by Caffeine Powered
    ...Hey Sparty, did the antibiotics they give you clear up that spirochete infestation?
    Those are some powerful bugs, my friend. Had 'em so long I've grown rather fond of 'em. At what point do they stop being considered germs and start being considered small pets? I dunno...

    Hey, on a related note, how's your sore?

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