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    Hey You Guys Must Be Crazy!!!

    Single Speed?
    Do you have no respect for your knees?
    I mean you would have to get up for the steeper climbs surely?
    Please humour the newbie and explain what the attraction is other than not having to worry about damaging derailers and missing gears and such?
    (which I must admit has appeal)


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    It's not for everybody

    kind of like homosexuality.
    (Not that theres anything wrong with that.)
    I've been inside too long.

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    If you have to ask.....

    It is almost impossible to to explain why we do it. You either feel the need to singlespeed or you ask why we do it, there is no inbetween.

    Sorry....

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    Singlespeeding is no harder on your knees

    Quote Originally Posted by Panacea
    Single Speed?
    Do you have no respect for your knees?
    If your bike is set up properly, singlespeeding is no harder on your knees than riding a geared bike.

    To completely enjoy singlespeeding, you must enjoy meeting the challenge. I've ridden every kind of bike. For me, nothing else is as rewarding.

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    forchrissake, someone PLEASE make the FAQ link bigger and more visible!

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    Bad comparison!

    Quote Originally Posted by KgB
    kind of like homosexuality.
    (Not that theres anything wrong with that.)
    Is there not a better comparison for singlespeeding?

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    me...

    gets me where I wanna go with no hassle. SS bikes smell good too. A la choy.

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    The only way to know is to try, and I don't mean ride your gearie without shifting. It ain't the same thing at all.
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    ... and if we just ... Bottom line: it gives me a chubby...

    Quote Originally Posted by Panacea
    Single Speed?
    Do you have no respect for your knees?
    I mean you would have to get up for the steeper climbs surely?
    Please humour the newbie and explain what the attraction is other than not having to worry about damaging derailers and missing gears and such?
    (which I must admit has appeal)

    borrow someone's SS and ride it and you'll understand.
    "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailleur? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!'' -- Henri Desgrange, from an article in L'Equipe

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    Yup we're all a bunch of crazy freaks who have no respect for our knees at all. Heck, when riding and it becomes to steep, we, gasp, get off and walk. Really. For me the attraction was the simplicity of it all. As in, no derailleurs, no need to think about what gear to shift in. Just ride, ride, ride!!! It's not for everybody. The only way to know if it's for you is to try it. Borrow someone's SS or convert an older bike on the cheap. That's what I did. And now I'm in the process of owning three ssers: 2 mtbs and one roadie which may go fixed n the near future! Read the FAQ at the top right of this page. If you like it, you'll be back for mor. If ya don't, no sweat... go back to gears! It's all about the ride!! Ours just happen to be of the one geared variety.

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    not crazy, just super

    You must be a superman to SS. It's not for everyone.

    Hey there's an idea for all the sticker fanatics.... a Superman "S", but with two (SS).

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    for those of us that used to bmx as kids it hold a particular appeal. it is like a big kid bmx, very liberating. lots of fun.

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    How about figure skater versus hockey player? Or maybe VW owner versus Escalade driver? Or how about flip-flop wearer versus Ken Cole (?) wearer? Or even better, single versus Mormon?

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    Now the truth comes out.....

    I couldn't afford a rear deraileur..... so I had them build a bike without one.

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    what if you have kenneth cole flip flops?

    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire
    Or how about flip-flop wearer versus Ken Cole (?) wearer?
    this is sooo hard.

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    Lissin Up!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by roadiegonebad
    You must be a superman to SS. It's not for everyone.

    Hey there's an idea for all the sticker fanatics.... a Superman "S", but with two (SS).
    ^ ^ ^ THIS IS A GREAT IDEA! ^ ^ ^

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    Quote Originally Posted by warmseth
    for those of us that used to bmx as kids it hold a particular appeal. it is like a big kid bmx, very liberating. lots of fun.
    exactly my thought, and why I sought it out in the first place.

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    OK I checked out the fac

    Still rekon you blokes are bonkers! At least yer out there doin it even if it is with a flagrent disregard for innovation

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    you'll just have to go and try it.......

    chances are good you'll like it.

    quite a few folks around here had the same "you're all nuts" attitude. then they tried it; many haven't looked back since!
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    SS good for knees

    SSing develops the muscles around the knees that support the patella and keep it from popping out or shifting
    Best advise to respect your knees: Keep them covered when the temperature is below 60 degrees F. Invest in knickers. Cheaper than knee surgery 30 years from now.

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    This thread makes me laugh! Disreguard for inovation? BRahahahahaha!

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    Well I'll have to give it a go and see what it's like. Any excuse for a new bike. Might even go retro

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    I think most of us..

    have tried some of that "innovation" your talking about a decided we were better off with out it!

    MC

    Quote Originally Posted by Panacea
    OK I checked out the fac

    Still rekon you blokes are bonkers! At least yer out there doin it even if it is with a flagrent disregard for innovation

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    [QUOTE=MellowCat]have tried some of that "innovation" your talking about a decided we were better off with out it!

    Poetic justice I suppose cat, I went to jump on the GT and do the morning comute and discovered my rear derailer was bent. Had a cow of a time getting it to select properly after gingerly bending it back out. Wouldn't have been an issue if I had a SS

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