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    are SSers cut from a different cloth?

    like a different breed?

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    i've been referred to as SILK, for my silky smooth riding style!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bt View Post
    like a different breed?
    Just because I rode the short bus & wore my hockey helmet while licking the abc's in the window is no reason to profile.

    ****er.

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    choice.

    that is all.
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    I would say yes, we are a different breed. I like it because its simple, but I tell my friends that want to get into Mt. biking, not to go the SS route for their first bike. Only because I don't want to be the guy they hate when they don't enjoy riding an SS.

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    They are cut from a "crazy" quilt me thinks.

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    My breeding was polluted with booze and drugs. My pedigree is so ****ed I doubt you could follow it if you tried. My bike sucks too. Thanks for pointing it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TroutBum View Post
    Just because I rode the short bus & wore my hockey helmet while licking the abc's in the window is no reason to profile.

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    I delude that we are the serious schlongs of mountain biking.
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    Maybe its the geared folks havent been enlightened yet. I rode a Trek 820 as my intro to mountain biking. Bought a Gravity G29 SS from bikesdirect last week hoping that SS would be a good fit for me since I dont shift gears much. I couldnt have made a better decision. Got it today. Loving every minute.



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    I don't guess I can consider myself a singlespeeder yet, because my bike's not quite finished. But, what drew me to the SS way is the simplicity and the challenge. I just like those 2 things. I competed in strongman for a while and I hunt with a recurve (I even built wood bows and knapped stone heads for a while).

    So yeah, different cloth maybe but in the end it's about doing what you enjoy.

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    Okay, the last couple of posts went all sensible on us.
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    I am un-cut....
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    Both have merits for me. I like no chain slap and the simplicity of SS however there are plenty of places where geared rides are a better choice. SSing has definitely made me a stronger rider overall though I'm not a raving lunatic fanatic that will never ride gears again (like some folks I encounter).

    I do not enjoy riding SS when I am commuting and need to get somewhere fast, on trails where you can pedal fast through a good part of them, during exceptionally long sustained climbs and in races where the vast majority of riders have to walk steep terrain.

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    I simply love to ride. Does that make me a differnet breed? Have to ask the gear riders I guess.

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    Different breed? Maybe.

    Certainly a different frame of mind.
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    A long string of ex's has left me lacking much of my manhood. Like guns and big tires, riding a single speed gives others the image that I'm packing much more than I really am.

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    @ fryed: that's the spirit.
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    no.

    we all ride bikes.

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    I am a Marine veteran/ ss rider/ long distance runner/ aspiring ultra marathoner. How much more different do you want?
    Gears give me headaches

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    It's just a bike and SS'ing isn't that hard or crazy. Don't pat yourself too hard on the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat Ark View Post
    It's just a bike and SS'ing isn't that hard or crazy. Don't pat yourself too hard on the back.
    If you are referring to the Marine above, I'd say he kicks your ass in just about every aspect of physical.
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    I've been told I travel in large groups of one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat Ark View Post
    It's just a bike and SS'ing isn't that hard or crazy. Don't pat yourself too hard on the back.
    Cool aid, they drink it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat Ark View Post
    It's just a bike and SS'ing isn't that hard or crazy. Don't pat yourself too hard on the back.
    amen, seriously.

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    I'd like to think it's a cloth like this:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat Ark View Post
    SS'ing isn't that hard or crazy.
    then you ain't doing it right...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat Ark View Post
    It's just a bike and SS'ing isn't that hard or crazy. Don't pat yourself too hard on the back.
    Preach, Brother, preach!

    Obviously it's totally different, especially is you ride SS full rigid. But it's a bike, and if you ride hard you ride hard, it hurts to put out so many watts for so many minutes at such-and-such heart rate no matter what you're riding. I prefer to think of all the things I have in common with the other folks on the trails rather than obsess over the little differences.

    I'm even against SS having its own racing class. Do 1x10s need their own class? Separate 26" from 650b from 29"? What about HT vs Full squish? When people try to treat me specially for riding SS (e.g. waving me to the front on hills), I tell them it's a bike and as far as I can tell, none f them use more than one gear at a time.

    We're all cyclists, it's just that some of us have fewer bells and whistles.

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    I dunno... I ride 100% rigid. When I did 12hr Quantico last June on it there was only 3 rigid SS'ers out there out of about 450 racers. I have to say I got more kudos from, "Get it brother!!" when powering up a hill to "Holy Sh!t!!!" when you flew past them climbing in their granny gears. I didn't get the same kind of recognition in 2011 or before when I was riding the same average HT or FS XC rig everyone else was.

    As far as classes... meh. I dunno. I figure that's what categories are for. You judge yourself, enter your appropriate category and race. It all evens out in the end... when I can muscle up the hills 2-3x faster, the other guy has the extra gears and suspension to catch up on the backside of the hill. So in short, you're either fast, average or slow and your riding will let you know your status regardless of the bike you're on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malibu412 View Post
    If you are referring to the Marine above, I'd say he kicks your ass in just about every aspect of physical.
    I'm replying to the OP and really anyone else who likes to think they are a rebel because they ride a SS.

    As for your comment referencing the Marine. Huh??? I don't really even know how to make sense of your statement and what it could possibly have to do with my post?

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    Quote Originally Posted by monogod View Post
    then you ain't doing it right...
    OR maybe you are doing it all wrong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raganwald View Post
    preach, brother, preach!

    Obviously it's totally different, especially is you ride ss full rigid. But it's a bike, and if you ride hard you ride hard, it hurts to put out so many watts for so many minutes at such-and-such heart rate no matter what you're riding. I prefer to think of all the things i have in common with the other folks on the trails rather than obsess over the little differences.

    I'm even against ss having its own racing class. Do 1x10s need their own class? Separate 26" from 650b from 29"? What about ht vs full squish? When people try to treat me specially for riding ss (e.g. Waving me to the front on hills), i tell them it's a bike and as far as i can tell, none f them use more than one gear at a time.

    We're all cyclists, it's just that some of us have fewer bells and whistles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat Ark
    SS'ing isn't that hard or crazy.
    Quote Originally Posted by monogod
    then you ain't doing it right...
    Quote Originally Posted by Flat Ark
    OR maybe you are doing it all wrong!
    possibly. but bunny trails or blues with granny gearing are one thing, while being fast and technically proficient riding the gnar-gnar on a rigid ss (or better yet, scorcher) is all together quite another.
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    I'm only here cause i couldn't get my derailleurs to work properly, so i ripped them off, and set up a SS. Then i realized i hated tensioners. So i found the magic gear for my Salsa. 36X16. It was a *****, but now it is manageable. No walking! Now, I really love how quiet it is. I can't stand the chainslap with my 1X9. Am i bad ass or different? Bad ass, no. different, most likely. Now its time for a 29er, hopefully i'll have trouble with derailleurs. Actually, it's going to start and end as a SS.

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    Yeah, probably so. The cloth I'm cut from is flannel and smells like a camp fire and farm diesel.

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    I think we are,
    I got booted out of the sport class racing my SS against all the gear heads and beating them.
    Now I'm racing my SS 29r against the hardcore cx racers, no ss class there.
    Last Sunday I started at the back of the pack because I figured I was going to get a wuppin from the cx guys and the muddy conditions, managed a 4 th place out of 40 riders.

    Can't get that type of feeling riding a geared bike, plus I'm the old guy at 51

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo Man View Post
    I think we are,
    I got booted out of the sport class racing my SS against all the gear heads and beating them.
    Now I'm racing my SS 29r against the hardcore cx racers, no ss class there.
    Last Sunday I started at the back of the pack because I figured I was going to get a wuppin from the cx guys and the muddy conditions, managed a 4 th place out of 40 riders.

    Can't get that type of feeling riding a geared bike, plus I'm the old guy at 51

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    Seriously?
    You didn't get booted out of the sport class. You were "shamed into self selecting the correct ability-based category" by "grass roots" race promoters operating without "any kind of coherent governance structure at the local level". Or something like that......

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    Quote Originally Posted by slower_than_u View Post
    Seriously?
    You didn't get booted out of the sport class. You were "shamed into self selecting the correct ability-based category" by "grass roots" race promoters operating without "any kind of coherent governance structure at the local level". Or something like that......
    Well said, but still a boot, lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo Man View Post
    Well said, but still a boot, lol
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    No matter how you put it, it's sad that it even needed to to be mentioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo Man View Post
    Well said, but still a boot, lol

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    I didn't say it. That's a "cut and paste" from comments made by one of your Facebook friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bt View Post
    like a different breed?
    I don't think it's easy to make sweeping generalizations about any one group of people, especially one with such a minor characteristic in common.

    I know a few SSers who made the switch because of the high cost and complexity of modern MTBs. It just wasn't worth it to them anymore. Others are older guys who grew up in the 80s riding BMX.
    Mind your own religion.

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    Not me. I'm Human, just like most of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoisonDartFrog View Post
    I don't think it's easy to make sweeping generalizations about any one group of people, especially one with such a minor characteristic in common.
    Actually, it's what we humans do best. See what I mean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malibu412 View Post
    Actually, it's what we humans do best. See what I mean?
    I don't agree with anyone who makes broad generalizations.
    Mind your own religion.

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    I've had geared bikes, and this is my first SS since the bmx bike days. I like the " keep it simple stupid" aspect of it. Just got my BD Gravity 29er SS and I dig it allot. I will hit the trails this weekend and see how it goes.

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    Maybe people can have different reasons to go SS (simplicity, maintainance, etc.), but when they do, SS changes them. It doesn't make all SSers equal but there is something common among them that makes them different from the geared riders.

    At first I had changed my bike (converted to SS), then my bike changed me (converted to SSer).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Igoreha View Post
    Maybe people can have different reasons to go SS (simplicity, maintainance, etc.), but when they do, SS changes them. It doesn't make all SSers equal but there is something common among them that makes them different from the geared riders.

    At first I had changed my bike (converted to SS), then my bike changed me (converted to SSer).
    You sir, has literally taken the words our of my mouth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bt View Post
    like a different breed?
    I just like it. No in-particular reasoning,I just enjoy it (maybe it's the simplicity,maybe it's the challenge? IDK). I ride what I like and what works for me and dont' really care either way what anyone else does or doesn't ride,that's their business. I don't need justification from someone on a forum for what I do,they don't buy my parts or pay my bills. Asking someone's opinions on if a specific bike is good? Yeah. Asking what I should be riding? nope
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    Quote Originally Posted by bt View Post
    like a different breed?
    Not really, since the same can be said about just about anything such as the crazy downhill guys, the super fast geared riders, marathon runners, triathletes, etc. For me, SSing is something that works for me and what I enjoy to improve on. It's just a preference, rather than an attempt to separate myself from the pack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    Id scrap the passion forum all together, its a breeding ground for unicorn milkers, rainbow chasers and candy cotton farters.

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    I think I'm partly cut from the same stuff they use to make checkered Vans slip-ons.
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    Slomo......I so had those vans. Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fast_times View Post
    Slomo......I so had those vans. Lol.
    With a handle like Fast Times I gotta believe it...

    I still have 2 pairs in rotation, wear 'em almost every day to work as we have a very lax dress code.

    That's why I like riding my SS, close as I can get to BMX these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoisonDartFrog View Post
    Others are older guys who grew up in the 80s riding BMX.
    Hey...I resemble that remark!
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    Quote Originally Posted by slomo View Post
    With a handle like Fast Times I gotta believe it...

    I still have 2 pairs in rotation, wear 'em almost every day to work as we have a very lax dress code.

    That's why I like riding my SS, close as I can get to BMX these days.
    I like this. I think its more of the BMX and old-school style riding that I grew up loving. I still have my chromoly BMX from my teen years and before I got back into riding (as a kid) I had a rigid steel huffy with gears that didn't work. I don't know why I thought that I needed gears and suspension to get back into it, but when I started testing SS on my geared bike, and keeping it locked out, something clicked. It was freeing for me and I sold the geared and bought a steel, rigid SS. Love it.

    To sum it up: For Fun.
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