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    I don't see what the big deal is...

    ...with riding a SS rigid. Either 26" or 29'er.

    On my local trails (which I ride nearly every day), people do the, whole, "WHOA... SINGLESPEED!!! CRAZY!"

    I even had one group point and whisper to each other which I heard, "sssppppissss, sspisss, spisss... singlespeed... spisssss, sssspiiisss... that's crazy..."

    Why? I've owned suspension bikes, I've ridden them, descended, climbed - meh. Suspension never felt "natural" so I ride rigid bikes. Big whoop. I'm guessing if I laid down the serious cash for a top-of-the-line suspension bike it would make a difference - but even that I would have to second guess if that was right choice. I probably would end up going back to my stiffy.

    I'm perplexed why people build an aura of such awe and mysticism when it comes to riding one-speed rigid. That's all we had back in the day.

    I don't want to be the old dude that refuses "advancements" in the MTB world... but for me - it just works. I know "ride what you ride best", but I don't see why others can't wrap their head around low tech MTB's.

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    Looking for someone to stroke your stiffy this evening?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    ..I don't see what the big deal is...
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    There is no big deal , I just like it and it feels good to me

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    I love my SS stiffy, it lets me give the trail a good pounding....
    Buy a f-ing bike maybe you wouldn't be fat

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    Did I make up the term "stiffy" to describe a SS rigid? If not, cool... but if I did, COOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Did I make up the term "stiffy" to describe a SS rigid? If not, cool... but if I did, COOL!
    I think you did just coin a new mtb-ing term! Stiffy-meaning a rigid mountain bike. Just like full squish, or squishy bikes as I like to call them, is used for full suspension mountain bikes.

    Let me be the first to congratulate you! I for one am moving towards full approval of this new term, lets hope it catches on.
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    Nah it's not a big deal.

    Riding SS is just like when I ride BMX as a kid, I am still a kid anyway but now with bigger wheels.

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    there's nothing like a good Stiffy .

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    I like to ride stiffys too!

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    I'm all good with this "stiffy" business, I like my rigid bike, but so I know for referrence...when I use my carbon fork am I only sporting a "semi" or does that count for a full-on "stiffy"?

    As far as the whole singlespeed deal...All I know is when I ride my SS's as opposed to my 1x9s, I'm never in the wrong gear and I don't drop a chain...ever.

    You're right...whats the big deal??? Maybe next time, offer them a lap on yours and watch them come back smiling!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TroutBum View Post
    Looking for someone to stroke your stiffy this evening?
    Damned horny luddites.
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    Not too many riders on my local trails give singlespeeds a second glance, but the rigid fork seems to be about one step down from a gimp suit. Although telling people that I am running 22lbs in my front tire, not tubeless and pinchflats are not a problem, generally gets me a similar look. Apparently these days, pinch flats happen for reasons other than smacking a rim into hard objects.

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    I'm the only SSer in my core group of 6 riders. We're all Late 30's - 40 something Dad's that try to get together 2x a week to ride and clear our heads. I can't for the life of me even get these guys to swap bikes during a ride to show them that it's actually a fun experience to ride a rigid SS. They still think I'm showing off on climbs when I pass them all even after I repeatedly explain standing and mashing the only way I can get to the top! My favorite quote was from my buddy who rides a carbon FS Scott - "To do what you do on that bike is incredible". I'm like "Meh, not really." I often get the "Why don't you have a fork?" question too.

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    Good job!

    Oh, I don't know...

    ... other than the fact I'm now an "Elitist Cyclist" I am truly a GOD and can ride stuff that gearies can't even dream of!

    JUST KIDDING... Its all what you make of it, and for me I like all the forms of bicycling, its so good to be alive and ride/talk with all of you fine folks sharing stories and trading secrets!

    Riding is the key for me, I just like(and you've heard it before) the really simple rigid ss bike. Even more now with 9 and 10 speed drivetrains that don't allow much misalignment before acting up! As far as suspension reliability they have that perfected, with just a little care, but rigid ss is less to worry aboit and more about mind over matter.

    So ride what ya like, but by all means RIDE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaBass_ View Post
    I'm the only SSer in my core group of 6 riders. We're all Late 30's - 40 something Dad's that try to get together 2x a week to ride and clear our heads. I can't for the life of me even get these guys to swap bikes during a ride to show them that it's actually a fun experience to ride a rigid SS. They still think I'm showing off on climbs when I pass them all even after I repeatedly explain standing and mashing the only way I can get to the top! My favorite quote was from my buddy who rides a carbon FS Scott - "To do what you do on that bike is incredible". I'm like "Meh, not really." I often get the "Why don't you have a fork?" question too.
    My self esteem is so low, I have to go on this whole apologetic diatribe, while passing/mashing, to the rider to make sure he doesn't get weird about "being dropped". Sometimes riders (who I'm not with) think I'm trying to race them and I find myself apologizing at the top to explain the reasons behind my pass.

    I'm, like, "Oh man... sorry about that pass back there. You see, I'm on a single speed and I need momentum to get up hills. I didn't mean for a rude pass or anything..."

    They always give me a cheeky look

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    if we must explain, you're beyond help

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    Quote Originally Posted by powpig2002 View Post
    if we must explain, you're beyond help
    I don't think you read the original post.

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    No one gives two hoots that I ride SS. As far as apologies, none are needed, it is all part of the ebb and flow of the trail. You gain some and then give some back. I mostly give back as I am old and feeble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    I don't think you read the original post.
    you're right. never got past 1st line. sorry. that will teach me to be close minded

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    The other day someone said do me that it is stupid to ride without a suspension fork. What happened to the "Hey dude, nice bike. Not my cup of tea but whatever works for you is cool" mentality?
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    Those who call me, you, and every other "crazy" because we ride "stiffies" (plural for "stiff" bike, or a bike without suspension gadgetry) should look down to what they ride....many peers on multi geared fs bikes need to to go on a weekly peregrination to their lbs for adjustments. Others ride without much idea on how to adjust their suspension. Others you find mid trail wondering how to get back after a derailleur snagged on a branch and ripped off or has been cricketing all along...and most of them have spent thousand$ on these bikes...I just ride my ss, have fun, get fit and challenge myself.
    Now, who' crazy?
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    I went SS Rigid for 2 reasons..#1 I found shifting to find the right gear a pain in the ass mostly..
    #2 My bike came with probably the crappiest Sus fork known to man

    I really enjoy the simplicity,and where I ride it doesn't seem that hard...

    I see guys with FS/Geared rigs,just sitting and plowing through most stuff
    without a thought as to lines or anything..The whole time thinking to myself
    Wow, they ain't having near as much fun as me!!!!

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    I used to hear that a lot as well. But then I quit stopping on the trails to talk to morons.
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    No "aura" for me. Just simplicity and sense of freedom. I like my front squish 1x9 a lot as well though. The single speed is for days when I need to "clear my head" and don't want to be bothered by anything but the ride (and there are many of those days)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    My self esteem is so low, I have to go on this whole apologetic diatribe, while passing/mashing, to the rider to make sure he doesn't get weird about "being dropped". Sometimes riders (who I'm not with) think I'm trying to race them and I find myself apologizing at the top to explain the reasons behind my pass.

    I'm, like, "Oh man... sorry about that pass back there. You see, I'm on a single speed and I need momentum to get up hills. I didn't mean for a rude pass or anything..."

    They always give me a cheeky look
    you seriously apologize to people for passing them on a SS?

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