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    Why singlespeed? (Also see the SS FAQ - Stickied at top of thread list)

    I don't get it. With different cogs and gear ratios it seems like having a 21, 24, or 27 speed would be superior to a singlespeed. So what is the benefit? Is it only weight? I have a bike I could convert but I am having trouble justifying it.
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    try it and report back to us

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    Quote Originally Posted by iviguy
    I don't get it. With different cogs and gear ratios it seems like having a 21, 24, or 27 speed would be superior to a singlespeed. So what is the benefit? Is it only weight? I have a bike I could convert but I am having trouble justifying it.
    Why not?

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    Why a bike? Why not just get a motorcycle?

    Seriously, this has been discussed to death. The search function is your friend...
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    try it

    Quote Originally Posted by iviguy
    I don't get it. With different cogs and gear ratios it seems like having a 21, 24, or 27 speed would be superior to a singlespeed. So what is the benefit? Is it only weight? I have a bike I could convert but I am having trouble justifying it.
    Just try it. I never change my 34/16, so I'm ok. Don't fret too much on it.

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    It's fun.

    The only way you will understand is to try it. If it's for you, then great, if not, at least you gave it a shot.

    Also, read the singlespeed FAQ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iviguy
    I don't get it. With different cogs and gear ratios it seems like having a 21, 24, or 27 speed would be superior to a singlespeed. So what is the benefit? Is it only weight? I have a bike I could convert but I am having trouble justifying it.
    because i can.

    if you can't justify it maybe it's not for you?

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    As Chuck D said...

    Quote Originally Posted by iviguy
    21, 24, or 27 speed would be superior to a singlespeed. .

    and FF repeated just to get the point across..

    Don't believe the hype..



    Check out your gear ratios, your average 21/24/27 speed probably only has 8-12 gear ratios. the rest are repetitious..

    It's not a weight thing, its just a choice. I (and others) choose to believe that the SS is an appropriate bike for whatever trail we want to ride, whenever we want to ride it.

    Also, be careful slinging that 'superior' word around here, there are quite a few SSers that are capable of crushing people on geared bikes, in whatever terms you want to decide the contest, speed, hucking, beer drinking..

    But the beauty is, you can just do what you want, SS or geared. It doesn't have to be about competition, going fast, going slow. So long as you are riding, all is good

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    because its simple...

    just you and the pedals.

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    Convert

    Convert or forever more SS riders will point and laugh behind your back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sportsman
    and FF repeated just to get the point across..

    Don't believe the hype..



    Check out your gear ratios, your average 21/24/27 speed probably only has 8-12 gear ratios. the rest are repetitious..

    It's not a weight thing, its just a choice. I (and others) choose to believe that the SS is an appropriate bike for whatever trail we want to ride, whenever we want to ride it.

    Also, be careful slinging that 'superior' word around here, there are quite a few SSers that are capable of crushing people on geared bikes, in whatever terms you want to decide the contest, speed, hucking, beer drinking..

    But the beauty is, you can just do what you want, SS or geared. It doesn't have to be about competition, going fast, going slow. So long as you are riding, all is good
    Wow, I am amazed that out of all the replies one person managed to actually give a decent one. Thanks. I ask because I am curious about the SS phenomenon. It seems very popular but everytime I start going up and hill and have to downshift to get to a useable gear I can't figure out how a singlespeed would be beneficial in that instance. But I am curious about it all.

    Granted, I know that there are people on a singlespeed that could crush many of those on geared bikes but that's not really where I was going. Heck there are probably people that could crush me on a tricycle. So what. I ride for the fun of it all. Of course, crushing here and there is fun too...

    Thanks for the comment. Funny, I don't seem to get the heckling in the other forums. The singlespeed forum is the first one....

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    Quote Originally Posted by neville
    Convert or forever more SS riders will point and laugh behind your back.
    So if they are pointing and laughing "behind" my back then they are "behind" me then right?

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    Why are you considering converting to SS?
    Read the FAQ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iviguy
    Thanks for the comment. Funny, I don't seem to get the heckling in the other forums. The singlespeed forum is the first one....
    the heckling is good natured. I'm sure that you'd get the same (or more) heckling from this crowd if you went on rides with its members.

    If you want to understand the heckling, just do a search and look at the number of times this (or closely related) question has been asked in this forum. And also notice that SS has a FAQ (upper right) unlike most of the other forums.

    that's it..its all good until bulC comes back (I'm not even sure if he posted in SS), and then feelings get hurt but useful info is disseminated and I laugh a lot

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    This reason is my current favorite:

    By Objectionable Material

    "As a white male in America, I have a genetic disposition to serious self loathing. I deserve nothing but pain and suffering. My rigid single speed dolls it out in large quantities. What's better is that the pain and suffering is completely self inflicted."
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    Quote Originally Posted by sportsman
    ...that's it..its all good until bulC comes back (I'm not even sure if he posted in SS), and then feelings get hurt but useful info is disseminated and I laugh a lot

    scott
    He has posted here. He will probably show up again with a different user name. He has done that before.
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    it's faster

    I ve been riding exclusively on a SS for about a year now. I started racing one last year. The truth is I am faster and more efficient on a SS.

    This may not be the case for everyone but it works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lambone
    because its simple...

    just you and the pedals.
    and the shoes
    and the shorts
    and the brakes
    and the camelbak
    and the other riders laughing at me as they pass going up hill...

    I am sure it's probably fun. Just don't know if it is worth it to me or not. Although having a 20lb bike would be cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iviguy
    Wow, I am amazed that out of all the replies one person managed to actually give a decent one.....
    so who was it that gave the decent reply?

    you have to understand that people just get sick of this question in the singlespeed forum, it comes up about once a week, and the same points are hashed out.

    SS is not for everybody. But on the right bike in the right terrain its a hell of alot of fun. If you do alot of climbing it can be brutal lungbusting misery, on nice rolly curvy terrain it is a blast.

    It's hard to explain really, but you just have to work with the bike more...rather then changing the bike to work with you by shifting gears. The lighterweight and less component noise is a benefit, but for me I just love having to strategize my pedal stroke rather then when I shift gears.

    I also ride a geared squishy bike too...it just depends on the trail, the day, and my mood.

    give it a try. I jumped in feet first and bought a Kona Unit before even trying SS. Risky but it turned out great as I spend probly half my time on it. If you aren't ready to throw down $, either demo or borrow one, or build up an old beater.

    I have some SS disk wheels in the classifieds now by the way.

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    He has posted here. He will probably show up again with a different user name. He has done that before.
    Has bulC been banned? I hope not. I'm sure I'm in a very small minority, but I like his posts. Sometimes gruff, but generally speaking the truth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    This reason is my current favorite:

    By Objectionable Material

    "As a white male in America, I have a genetic disposition to serious self loathing. I deserve nothing but pain and suffering. My rigid single speed dolls it out in large quantities. What's better is that the pain and suffering is completely self inflicted."
    I agree. That is one of the coolest things I've read here on MTBR in long time.

    To the answer the original post. I really like the feel of my rigid singlespeed. When I stand up it goes. For me and the place I ride the most it is faster. You would be amazed how fast you can climb when you don't have a choice (to gear down).

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    welcome!

    Quote Originally Posted by iviguy
    I have a bike I could convert but I am having trouble justifying it.
    1) you have a bike you can convert
    2) you're taking the time to inquire about it on the SS boards
    3) Next step in your immediate future: conversion and first ride report!

    you know its coming. That's exactly the same process that I went through.

    oops, almost forgot Step 4:

    neglect/sell your current ride

    pull up a chair to the SS bonfire and grab a beer...you're gonna be here a while.
    Last edited by Hollywood; 03-01-2005 at 01:28 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iviguy
    and the shoes
    and the shorts
    and the brakes
    and the camelbak
    and the other riders laughing at me as they pass going up hill...

    I am sure it's probably fun. Just don't know if it is worth it to me or not. Although having a 20lb bike would be cool.

    I don't know about the other riders passing us uphill. By the time you figure out what gear you need to be in, I'll be cranking it over the top with my smelly ass in ur face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood
    1) you have a bike you can convert
    2) you're taking the time to inquire about it on the SS boards
    3) Next step in your immediate future: conversion and first ride report!

    you know its coming. That's exactly the same process that I went through.

    oops, almost forgot Step 4:

    neglect/sell your current ride

    pull up a chair to the SS bonfire and grab a beer...you're gonna be here a while.

    pull up a chair young man, and let Uncle Hollywood tell you a story...
    sh!t man, we all just ss so we can hang here and read HW's stories..

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