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    Hey from new SSer in the UK

    Evening all! Just wanted to say a hello and to introduce myself. I've been riding SS for a couple of months now.

    I broke my usual ride, snapping the frame, and in extremis, dug an old mtb out of the back of the shed. The gears were completely shot, and I'd been interested to try going single speed, so it seemed like a great chance. Ye gods it was an old clunker, but it gave me a taste. A month ago I received my new bike.

    An One On Inbred 29er. Carbon forks, 32x16, 1/8th chain and just so much fun.


    Over here in the UK Singlespeeds are still pretty rare, and there aren't many 29ers either. It's such a different riding experience to my 1999 Giant that passed away, and I love it. It gets some interesting comments though... but that might be due to my colour choices. Have a look here! A couple I really liked, particularly the "It's like a 70s disco / glitter ball / my little pony / thing"

    With the small number of SSers over here, there doesn't seem to be any UK forums specialising, hence me being here, but hoping I can get in touch with anyone else from the UK to find some riding buddies.
    Lonely SS-er on the UK South Coast. Anyone else around?

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    Welcome to the SS forum. There are quite a few singlespeeders in the UK but they are not well catered for on the UK interweb (STW is full of t0ssers, Bikemagic is full of kids....err, that's it really!)

    Charlie the Bikemonger is a good place to get bits (and he's a really nice guy!) and there are a few SS events about but I tend to just enter stuff I like on my singlespeed and take plenty of beer, whisky and cheese with me

    If you are ever about in the Cotswolds / Forest of Dean I or one of the other Knights of Niche would be happy to show you round (Pozo and Singlespeedstu post on here sometimes)

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    Cheers for the welcome Alex, and the invite. Likewise, if you are ever down South, drop me a message. Bikeradar is my usual forum hangout, nice guys and helpful, just not particularly interested or excited about anything with only one gear.

    I'm entering my first race SS in April. A group of us did the Goodwood Spring Challenge last year geared, and I'm seriously up for going along with the Inbred this year. Should be interesting, I'm just trying to remember quite how steep the course was, and how much was flat and fast so I can get a good idea of gearing. 3 laps pf a 7 mile course, open moor, wooded singletrack, some fireroads, and the personal favourite, a downhill section through a motocross circuit - berms and bomb holes galore! Should be fun!
    Lonely SS-er on the UK South Coast. Anyone else around?

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    Live in Dorking,Surrey and have been singlespeeding for about fifteen years.Have been riding for about 22 years.Did have an Inbred myself but now have the Dialled bikes love hate and i live to ride.Work the week and ride any time i can.

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    I can't really welcome you as I don't come in here that regularly myself! If your first SS Race is in April then can I suggest the SSEC 2010 too ;-) last I heard there were 9 places left!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Southern Jesse
    With the small number of SSers over here, there doesn't seem to be any UK forums specialising, hence me being here, but hoping I can get in touch with anyone else from the UK to find some riding buddies.
    Try singlespeed.net a SS specific site based in England. They seem like a nice bunch...I don't hang out there much as I am in N. Cal but good info anyway. Good luck finding some riding partners. I wish I had some SSers to ride with, I'm tired of having to constantly wait for the gearies to catch up!
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    Thanks for the replies... Cheers Pozo, but I might wait until next year before entering the European Championships, but busy on my weekends this year.

    Just signed up to singlespeed.net, thanks for the pointer arphaxhad. There's a few more local people on there, which is nice! I don't feel so lonely now...
    Lonely SS-er on the UK South Coast. Anyone else around?

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    Your bike's color reminds me so much of my first ever mountain bike, a Trek 930 - AH! I miss it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ernesto_from_Wisconsin
    Your bike's color reminds me so much of my first ever mountain bike, a Trek 930 - AH! I miss it!
    I saw one of those in the flesh at the weekend and the colour is amazing! Esp in the sunlight (yes we have sun in the UK at this time of year!)

    Really does smack of c1991 MTBs...ah that takes me back! Think Specilized did a frame that faded from emerald candy to that purple candy Yum!

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    I love the colour so much! It was a choice between this or orange with black graphics. I am normally fairly subtle about things, so this is quite out of character for me. Even down to shiny rings and gold chain. If you follow the link to the bikeradar thread, you'll see more pics, including the Inbred saddle. You'll also see it got fairly mixed feedback on the colours.

    I'm still a bit shocked everytime I see it, and surprised that I own it, but I love it!
    Lonely SS-er on the UK South Coast. Anyone else around?

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    Cheers Pozo, but I might wait until next year before entering the European Championships, but busy on my weekends this year.
    Best you hope someone steps up to take the torch for next year then as it looks like this will be the last one for now

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    Welcome to the forum! Glad to finally see a purple Inbred frame fully built. I adore the colours!

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    Nice bike! Just got that frame mysef as a second bike to my ti version, but not built up yet. More singlespeeders in the UK than you think - all the guys I ride with ride ss at the moment (Mendips mud); I've been ss-only for over a year.

    Most events attract quite a few ss riders too. Btw according to your profile your gearing at 32x16, soon to be 32x15 seems a little high. Depends on your riding but the 'default' ss geraing seems to be 32x18.

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    Cheers for the further welcomes and comments people. Orkje, I couldn't find a picture anywhere on the web of a frame built up. So I was a bit hesitant about picking the purple, but I love it.

    Clink, I am starting to find more people around, but it took a while to find the first one or two, who could then point me to the others. 32x16 is fine for me for the South Downs routes we've done so far. I'm fairly big, so can push a tallish gear. Hoping to train with the 15 for the coming race in April to improve my flat ground speed. I'm not good at spinning fast!
    Lonely SS-er on the UK South Coast. Anyone else around?

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    Ouch!! I would be in for a serious case of backache in that riding position - good luck with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nubber
    Ouch!! I would be in for a serious case of backache in that riding position - good luck with it.
    I'm quite tall, my inside leg measurement is 37.5", so there is always going to be a problem until I get a 32er! Either the saddle is high, I can use my legs properly and my hands are low in comparison, or the saddle is low, and my knees are bouncing around my ears. Seeing as I spend quite a bit of time standing, but still plenty seated for road work, it's better this way. My previous bike was a 23.5" frame, and this is only 21". It feels so much better though, much easier to flick around. But I know it does look a little odd!
    Lonely SS-er on the UK South Coast. Anyone else around?

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