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    has this "fad" finally ended?

    is ss now an "accepted" form of riding, and no longer "fad" status? SF newspaper now has an article about it. it has its own WC, albeit with one of the best trophies. there are more and more ss frame makers, and ss specific parts. its own forums. even its own fashion!

    remember when the naysayers said this forum was a waste of bandwith? "what do they have to talk about?" how many of them have their own ss in the garage?

    or do people still think it's "a phase" and people will "grow out of it"? and that it will go the way of the hite-rite or bullmoose bars.
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    i will never get rid of my single speed... ever.

    if i ever get a full squish, i may go 1x9, but there will always be a place in my heart for the purity that is SS
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    it's funny they call it a fad when thats how bikes all used to be... haha

    seriously though I love SSing but what Mallanga says is pretty much where I stand...

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    Idea! Hmmm, I just answered that thought...

    has this "fad" finally ended?
    You should re-read the Tao of SIngleSpeeding, your answer lies within.

    Re: http://forums.mtbr.com/showpost.php?...9&postcount=17

    A fad is something that is followed by the masses.
    A belief/pursuit is something practiced by few.

    Figure out where you lay, and apply your own summation.

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    eh, once I started singlespeedin', I gave it all up.
    People in Pompeii had been riding SS for hundreds of thousands of years until Vesuvius went KA-BLAM!

    SS has allowed me to have more bikes in the stable, and I like bikes.

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    The only "fad" I would say is geared bikes as they've been around for less and used by more people. SS is more of a quiet revival/revolution
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    remember when mullets and rolling up the jeans above your Reeboks was popular? That lasted what? from mid to late 80's into the early 90's. That was a fad...just like Jem, He-Man, and "This is your brain" t-shirts. Fads.

    Yuppies riding SS is a fad.
    Yuppies riding fixie, and don't know how to stop, that's a fad.

    Riding SS since 1999? Not fad.
    Bikes were invented as SS...then sissies wanted gears, then TDF rides doped up, cheating...that was a fad that might still go on.

    Livestrong bracelets? A fad for a good cause. But its for a good cause.

    Having a crush on the hot cashier at the grocery store, not a fad. A crush.

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    SS has been dead for a long time that I why I ride SS. It was "COOL" back in the day, and I did not ride SS then so now that it is on the "OUTS" I am all over riding SS.
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    The beauty of fad riders is picking up their cast-off bikes for nearly half price! I picked up my latest SS from a guy who barely rode it cause it kicked his pasty white arse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nnn
    The only "fad" I would say is geared bikes as they've been around for less and used by more people. SS is more of a quiet revival/revolution
    Word! Bikes started out fixed, and SS over 100 years ago. We've just come full circle.
    Geared bikes, while definitely more versatile, are just more claptrap than I want to deal with any more (though I still have a geared roadie, one day I'll probably convert it as well).
    If I can't there on my SS, then I probably don't need to be going there....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    I can quit anytime I want to.

    Honest, I can.

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    but why would you want to?

    i don't really see myself going back.

    closest i will get is throwing on another chainring and an ENO Dos and having a bit of flexibility between flater trails and hilly ones or racing and chilling. way cheaper, more efficient, cleaner looking, etc. i would rather spend my hard earned $$$ on a really nice frame than mech, cassette, shifters that all wear out or break. SS fo' life
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    Quote Originally Posted by nnn
    SS is more of a quiet revival/revolution
    i like this
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    Be the 100th Monkey.

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    When does the SS fad pass fadium?

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    The fad staus is over....

    I just put together my first SS. I'm always late to the party, usually the booze is gone and the suspension is back to fully rigid by the time I get there. I rode a '92 fully rigid steel Giant until 2001, then a hartail until 2005, and a FS until recently. Therefore, i would say the fad status is over. Funny that I am now starting to ride rigid steel again.

    On that note, I did a shake down run on the newly built SS yesterday by riding to work. About once a week I ride my MTB instead of the commuter so I can ride up and down some wooden steps in the park nearby for fun. I cleaned them much easier on the fully rigid SS then the FS. Still trying to figure that one out.
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    What about sea monkeys?

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    Hope Monkies?

    If we have 99 monkies watch the Trunk Monkey ads, do you think we could all have our own Trunk Monkies?
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    so are milfs a fad? or is that still going on?

    What about Legos, or, um, books?

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    mountain biker on spandex is a fad.
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    There was a FAD?

    God, you mean I missed it?

    I started on BMX SS or Big Ole Cruiser SS? If you had gears when I was a kid you were: NEATO, GROOVY, or HIP... Then they came out with those FAD Stngrays, Crate bikes, and Ten Speeds that had GEARS! Are those FADs still going on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishcreek
    mountain biker on spandex is a fad.
    guy in the middle has a guymel-toe

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    Quote Originally Posted by nnn
    SS is more of a quiet revival/revolution
    Geat quote!

    My first "Mountain Bike" Was a SS bike that had 24 or 26 inch tires and it was modded from bone stock. That thing was a TANK! The frame alone weighed about 3x as much as a steel hardtail frame does today! I did things on that bike that would have killed some of today's top end bikes!


    Modded being all the fenders came off and knobby tires were put on it. I rode that thing everywhere I rode my 20 inch bike...that was also modded with knobby tires and a banana seat!

    I'll prolly end up with a SS again....too much fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hydrogeek
    If we have 99 monkies watch the Trunk Monkey ads, do you think we could all have our own Trunk Monkies?
    Are we as humans doomed when the 100th trunk monkey triggers that stream of awareness?

    BTW, 99 Monkeys sounds like a great name for a band....
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    Geez!...I coulda gone the rest of life without seeing that pic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ernesto_from_Wisconsin
    remember when mullets and rolling up the jeans above your Reeboks was popular? That lasted what? from mid to late 80's into the early 90's. That was a fad...just like Jem, He-Man, and "This is your brain" t-shirts. Fads.

    Yuppies riding SS is a fad.
    Yuppies riding fixie, and don't know how to stop, that's <b>funny</b>.
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    Amen Chumbox

    [QUOTE=chumbox]it's funny they call it a fad when thats how bikes all used to be... haha
    End of discussion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doggity
    Geez!...I coulda gone the rest of life without seeing that pic!
    No doubt!
    Almost makes me want to give up bikes entirely.

    With gas at $3.50 a gallon and climbing, My SS's are collecting dust.
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    Is that pic proof that gearies don't have big balls?
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    The only people that consider it a fad are the people that either haven't tried it and/or don't understand it......
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    One Speed Is All You Need

    Hard to call it a fad when everyone starts out with a single speed (at least in the 1980's growing up riding the Toys R Us tonka toy yellow bmx bike with skyway wheels and a coaster brake).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    What about sea monkeys?

    When I was growing up, reading comic books, I always wanted that teenage girl sea monkey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doggity
    Geez!...I coulda gone the rest of life without seeing that pic!
    nonsense, i approve, please post more
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    Fad or not, I'll still ride it!

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    Certainly not a fad. I rode both my 'big' bike and my SS sometimes in the same day! Long live the joy of simple riding

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    Quote Originally Posted by illnacord
    Hard to call it a fad when everyone starts out with a single speed (at least in the 1980's growing up riding the Toys R Us tonka toy yellow bmx bike with skyway wheels and a coaster brake).
    i guess i should've qualified ss in it's connection with the modern ss mtb. sure, everyone started on a ss bmx or cruiser, but most also "graduated" to gears at some point and haven't looked back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trekbuddy
    The only people that consider it a fad are the people that either haven't tried it and/or don't understand it......
    i think i have to agree with this. as that's been my experience too.
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    I now own a SS. Nothing special but I like it. I picked it up because I wanted a bike to mess around on.. be a simple bike to take care of and not worry about it. I love my full squish geared bike but sometimes I want to ride something different. Simple as that.. I love riding bikes. Nothing more.
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    As far as I'm concerned it was never a fad.

    My 2 bikes that I ride are a custom SS Seven 26" and a SS Specialized Langster Boston.
    I like my bikes simple and most of all quite.

    That being said with a hard core wife riding her own Seven 29" geared hard tail

    and 16 yr son riding XC for KHS CycleYouth I still have a stable full (10) of high upkeep geared bicycles that I have the pleasure to maintain.

    I am 45 and hope to be riding my SS as long as god lets me.

    The gearing may have to change but the bike will always be the same.(SS)

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    It's a fad. It'll never last.





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    Nevermind. Willits Scorcher. Simply stunning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by croscoe
    Nevermind. Willits Scorcher. Simply stunning.
    Yup, that's it.

    I wanted one of the Ibis Scorchers back when Wes was working and designing them. Now they go on eBay (rarely) for $5000. When they redesigned the website over a year back, this was one of the builds for photos. I snagged it quick. Fun bike, my errand runner, zoom zoom as the ad goes.......
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