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    What has to be on your bike?

    Not a singlespeed specific question, but we seem to be set in our ways. Just curious about what needs to be on your bike.
    I'll go first.

    Oury grips
    XT brakes (XTR if wallet was thick)
    WTB silverado titanium/ Thompson layback
    Eggbeaters
    Sram 850 chain, I guess

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    Cane creek bar ends...no matter single speed or geared.
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    a bell
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    Spds and a bell

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    What has to be on your bike?

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    +3 on a bell.

    Ring a bell on the trail to alert other users that you are approaching and they'll give you a wave and a smile as you pass by.

    Blast past without warning or shout a warning prior to passing... it's just not as nice.

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    lock-on grips
    bell
    Mostly a rigid SS, sometimes a geared HT

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    Since both my bikes do commuter duty, mech disc brakes, a rear rack, bell, and dynamo lights qualify. Fenders (with a flap on the front) for the winter/wet bike.

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    I like to keep all my contact points with the bike common across all my bikes:
    ATAC pedals
    Terry Fly saddle
    ODI rogue grips
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    Water bottle/cage
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    700mm bar
    SPD's
    2.2"+ tires

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    SPD's
    ESI grips
    Garmin mount
    Bottle cage

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    Ericksen layback sweet post. Ill never own a ht without one.
    Bells are cool too.
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    Is this a trick question?

    I have to be on my bike.

    Duh........
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    King cage, steel or ti, 1 or 2
    Oury or esi grips
    Chris king hs
    Crank bros pedals. Seem to like egg beaters more than candies
    At least a 2.35 tire on front
    Brooks b-17
    Thomson stem and post

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    Me.

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    Time ATAC pedals.

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    Dirt

    Odi Oury lock on grips

    WTB Rocket V saddle

    Wide, flat, angled bar

    My @arse
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    Good question!

    Funny how many bikes one can go thru, yet maintain a few standards.

    Since this is a SS thread, I insist on a SS specific hub, no conversion. Stupid I know, but hey..

    Also, ESI Chunks and Ebeaters. That's about it. The fun in a new build is trying new parts imo.

    I am surprised at all the bells. I never hear/see bells on bikes in So. Calif. We certainly should start using them though!

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    Dropper post.

    Lock on grips.

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    I usually need some pedals on my bike. And some wheels, those tend to be important also. A drivetrain helps move the thing. The frame is a given. Some sort of cockpit, too. Brakes? Yeah, I need those. I think that's really all I need. Oh yeah! I need myself to be on the bike too. I think that's it, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackbombay View Post
    Dropper post.

    Lock on grips.
    +1
    and the bell sounds good!
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    SPDs. Beyond that I don't think any of my last 5 bikes have had anything in common other than I really enjoyed owning all of them.

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    Wheels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xavonseine View Post
    +1
    and the bell sounds good!
    I don't see other people too often, well, almost never, but it is something I should get for bears, a pissed off/surprised bear is way worse than a surprised hiker...

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    A saddle is usually helpful

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    Lizard Skin Lock ons (preferably moabs)
    BIG chunky steel platforms with replaceable cleats
    Niner wisecracker steertube stem (because you never know when you need a beer)
    and wide bars because of my shoulders/shoulder issues make narrow bars painful.

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    A bottle opener. You never know when you are riding and decide to grab a beer and don't have a way to open it. It's the worst thing that could possibly happen.

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    I too have not really heard of putting a bell on my bike. But I can see where that would be very handy. I love how the SS is completely silent in the woods, so a bell would be good. Do you guys just ring it when when approaching someone from behind, or also when heading around blind turns too?

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    All of my mountain bikes get Oury grips. Roadbike doesn't get them since it has a drop bar.

    All of my bikes in general get some sort of metal platform pedal. I don't like the nylon test pedals much.

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    King Cage
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    The only things I need are:

    a bottle cage
    at least one brake lever
    my arse

    Other non-essential items that I prefer:
    tubeless tires
    SPD pedals

    Otherwise, I don't care what is on there, I can ride it for a couple hours or all day.

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    Easton Monkeylite bars (EC90s), ODI Ruffian grips, Hope bar end plugs, Magura Marta or Shimano XT brakes with Hope floating rotors, Middleburn cranks with HBC chainrings, Shimano XT spd's, Thomson seatposts, SDG saddles (Bel Air or Ti Fly), KMC Z610HX chains, Chris King stainless sprockets, Sun Ringle EQ27 rims, DT SWiss spokes and Hope Pro2 hubs.

    Up until now I would have said 2.35" Nobby Nics F&R,run tubeless, but now I have a new favourite tyre combo - On-One 2.4" Chunky Monkey (F)and 2.25" Smorgasbord (R).
    Half the price of the Schwalbes and made by Maxxis on the Ardent carcase. I'm seriously impressed in our usual sloppy, greasy winter/spring conditions.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoShoes View Post
    A bottle opener. You never know when you are riding and decide to grab a beer and don't have a way to open it. It's the worst thing that could possibly happen.
    Grasshopper, there are numerous option on any bicycle for opening a beer ;-)

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    Components that are "built for _____ yet light enough for _____" (e.g., XC/AM, AM/FR, AM/DH). I feel those components make a good compromise between strength, weight, and price.
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    a good mirror that can be used for watching the dirt fly off theWhat has to be on your bike?-.baa-fail-rear-view-mirror-.jpg rear tire when speeding

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackbombay View Post
    Grasshopper, there are numerous option on any bicycle for opening a beer ;-)


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    Old style Flite saddle.

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    foam grips

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    ESI Grips

    2 Bottle cages!

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    Platforms (re-built ankle) Answer Roves or Blackspire Sub 4's with high top Chuck Taylors (thats right, I said that)
    Selle Italia XC SL saddle
    Relatively wide bars (I've got a mix aluminum & carbon ones...the bike tells me)
    Cables and lines of a proper length and routed neatly (just a peeve)
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    Hope rear SS hub - Cheap, light good engagement and noisy as hell

    Oh and my old customised Ti1 eggbeaters (axles, end caps etc)

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    Thanks for the tire tip, Andy

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy R View Post
    ...

    Up until now I would have said 2.35" Nobby Nics F&R,run tubeless, but now I have a new favourite tyre combo - On-One 2.4" Chunky Monkey (F)and 2.25" Smorgasbord (R).
    Half the price of the Schwalbes and made by Maxxis on the Ardent carcase. I'm seriously impressed in our usual sloppy, greasy winter/spring conditions.....
    My buddy shiggy designed those tires... and I'm a tire tester for Maxxis... and yet these got past my radar completely. Anyway I just ordered a pair based on your recommendo -- thanks.

    As for what must be on my sled...
    • really good brakes... current Shimano offerings or Hope (I'm running XTRs & M4s)
    • a bell... no singlespeed is complete without a bell... this philosophy has spread to all my sleds
    • step in pedals... I switched from L'eggbeaters to SPD a couple years ago cuz Shimano pedals are tougher... and I hit the ground with my pedals often, because of...
    • 195mm cranks... not for everyone but I'm 6'3" and the torque offered by long levers is sweet
    • WTB saddles... SST is my fav but I've got a couple bikes with Silverados
    • bar ends... snicker if you want but I put 'em on in '88 and have never taken 'em off... and won't
    • fat, fat, fat tires... the fatter the better. I come from off-road motorcycling... some things are worth their weight
    • slack geo... OMG, it's made me such a better rider... faster, anyway
    • wide bars... 30-31" is what I'm talkin' about... plus a short stem... these things dovetail with the slack geo
    • big wheels... 27.5" is hoop de jour but I say go all the way to 29" if you've got the height
    • bars same height as seat... I used to be in the goofiest position... low bars... ha! what a buffoon


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus View Post
    My buddy shiggy designed those tires... and I'm a tire tester for Maxxis... and yet these got past my radar completely. Anyway I just ordered a pair based on your recommendo -- thanks.

    As for what must be on my sled...
    • really good brakes... current Shimano offerings or Hope (I'm running XTRs & M4s)
    • a bell... no singlespeed is complete without a bell... this philosophy has spread to all my sleds
    • step in pedals... I switched from L'eggbeaters to SPD a couple years ago cuz Shimano pedals are tougher... and I hit the ground with my pedals often, because of...
    • 195mm cranks... not for everyone but I'm 6'3" and the torque offered by long levers is sweet
    • WTB saddles... SST is my fav but I've got a couple bikes with Silverados
    • bar ends... snicker if you want but I put 'em on in '88 and have never taken 'em off... and won't
    • fat, fat, fat tires... the fatter the better. I come from off-road motorcycling... some things are worth their weight
    • slack geo... OMG, it's made me such a better rider... faster, anyway
    • wide bars... 30-31" is what I'm talkin' about... plus a short stem... these things dovetail with the slack geo
    • big wheels... 27.5" is hoop de jour but I say go all the way to 29" if you've got the height
    • bars same height as seat... I used to be in the goofiest position... low bars... ha! what a buffoon


    --sParty
    As if Sparty needs any validation... I agree completely!! Wide bars and bar ends make climbing on an SS so much better!! Ergo grips are also a must for me....having the added surface area make long rides much more enjoyable!!

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    where can you order a chunky monkey tire?

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