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    How old are you?

    It's my suspician that most of us don't start out with a single speed. I know that I was riding for about 9 years before I built up my first SS. And I didn't come into riding MTB until I was almost 30.

    So, how old are you?

    41

    Bonus points if you include what type of SS(s) you ride.

    Surly 1x1 fully rigid w/ V brakes
    Shogun roadie for commuting in summer.
    GT Peace 9r waiting for the spring thaw.

    I also own a FS geared bike, A hardtail 29er geared bike, and a CF geared roadie.
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    38 yrs old....

    Monocog 29er
    Surly Crosscheck ss(road/commuter/ touring)
    Geared Jamis road bike that hangs on the wall and collects dust.

    Something about fat tires and one gear!

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    '96 Scott Vail SS conversion (nearly done)


    Still have a Scott Scale 40 1x9. I'm worried I'll end up like the rest of you crazies and rarely ride it once the SS is done.

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    Surly 1x1

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    35... inbred 29r.

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    41.....MTBing since 1997.....riding since I was able to pedal
    Outcast 29er

    also.....Dos Niner 1x9.....Trek 7.5 disc commuter bike.

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    50 y.o. currently only my Trek is S.S.

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    MTBing since 1993
    SSing since 2003

    1991 Litespeed/CBO Fat Bastard ti w/ ti rigid fork
    2002 Soma Groove steel hardtail, Marz Xfly80 fork

    Got a geared fully and a steel road bike too.

    Forgot to mention - my wife has a SS too - 2002 Litespeed/Macalu hardtail.

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    24 years old

    Karate Monkey SS
    Motobecane Jury (commuting/city bike)
    Trek T1 (fixed - track racing bike for 'drome use only)

    Also own 6 other geared bikes of various types for various styles of riding/racing (race mtb, 'cross, and track)

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    40 years old

    I've been MTBing off and on since 1997.

    Kona Humu with a Squishy front and A2Z Disc Adapter in the rear.
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    34 years old

    Kona Explosiv- will be a 650b project this spring

    IRO- Mark V- fixed gear/single speed road bike

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    I've been riding fixed for 3 years, SS for 2

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    Been riding an 09 Fisher Rig for a few months to see if I like the SS thing, and I'm loving it!

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    Just turned 19, been riding since 15 so i guess im fairly newbie. Started with a fisher hifi then bought a rig. Lost the fork and now i ride rigid ( at least until my body says no in a few years)

    Love it. In the market for a new frame this year though, not sure what to get.
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    Mtn biking about 22 years. First SS this year. Salsa Selma. Also have Yeti 575. About 50-50 split on which I ride. Yeti is 5th geared bike over that period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fourtyfell
    Lost the fork and now i ride rigid ( at least until my body says no in a few years)
    Take care of yourself and that one be for a long long time.
    "There are those who would say there's something pathological about the need to ride, and they're probably on to something. I'd wager though that most of the society-approved compulsions leave deeper scars in the psyche than a need to go and ride a bicycle on a mountain." Cam McRea

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    Riding since 97
    SS for 2yrs
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    PF

    EXCUSES ARE THE NAILS IN THE COFFIN OF FAILURE.

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    MTBing since 1992. I was 19 when I bought that first ride: a Cannondale M400.

    I have two 1x1's:
    2000: large, black, rigid, v brakes, fenders, studded tires. This bike gets a lot of action this time of year exclusively for back (dirt) road riding. It has a cracked seattube, right below the seatpost cinching slot.
    2009: medium, orange, rigid, disc trailbike. I had to have another one that was more trail worthy. I built a Spot up in 2007, but sold that frame in favor of another 1x1.

    2008 Blur LT2 1x9 that I ride 50% of the time on trail. The 1x1 gets the other 50%.
    1993 Bridgestone MB-1 that's used as a roadbike in the springtime; pavement mostly.
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    Singular Swift
    Singular Gryphon
    Trek Commuter/road and winter ss
    Jamis Kromo pump tracker

    riding since...like forever ago.
    Just a regular guy.

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    I will be 40 in July... Redline Monocog Flight SS.
    The only regrets in life, are the risks you didn't take.

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    On One Inbred and Pompino.

    I took up mtb ten years ago and started ss'ing/riding fixed about three years later, I think, although it could be earlier.

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    "41"...it sneeks up on you.

    Started riding "again" 3 years ago. It took me 2 1/2 years of riding geared before I decided to try the SS thing.

    2008 (frame) - SS Vassago Jabberwocky 32 x 20

    FUN!
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    40. Bought first real mountain bike in 1991, but now I ride an '09 Raleigh XXIX that I bought less than two months ago. So long between bikes and regular riding that I am essentially a beginner at this point! LOVE my bike!

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    I'll be 22 in August of this year. I started riding with my hubby (Mo0se) in 2007 on an Ironhorse Pumori hardtail. Few weeks into May '07 we say some single speeds in the shop, tried them, and loved them.I got the Redline Monocog 29er. I ended up selling mine and got a full squishy bike only to find I really missed the single speed. So I got a Redline Monocog Flight this time and LOVE it. Single speed is too much fun
    Man comes home to his wife with rope and says "tie me up and do whatever you want." So she ties him up and goes MTB'ing.

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    52 -- riding bikes off-road since before there was anything called a "mountain bike".

    Niner Air9 SS, and Rivendell Quickbeam.

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    Been riding since the 80's. Rode geared only till this past summer. Converted my TREK 8500 over to single speed (with much hesitation) and loved it so much I sold it and bought a Spot.

    Bought the frame and added: Mavic wheels, Carbon bars and seat post, Stylo cranks, Nevegal 2.35 UST tires and a Shimano Pro carbon rigid fork.

    Could not love it more!!!!!

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    Started riding when I was 4
    Started riding mountain bikes in 85/86

    Phil Wood Kiss-off SS
    Salsa Fargo 1x9
    Santana Picante MTB Tandem
    Raleigh Edge Mtn Trials
    2 Schwinn stingrays

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    been riding since 1992. Got my first real mountain bike in 1993, a GT Borrego.

    Karate Monkey

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    old enough to know better!

    just turned 37

    started riding when Star Wars first came out in theaters

    2009 On One Scandal w/ On One Carbon SL fork

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    First MTB was a Schwinn Sierra 1985
    Diamond Back something or other 1990
    KHS Montana Comp 1991 (SS now)
    Klein Rascals (they broke alot) 1991-1994
    ActionTec Framwerks 1994 current (converted the KHS in 1996 or 97)

    Which bike am I still riding? KHS SS from 1991

    Also 1X7 Redline cross bike
    Scwinn le Tour fixed
    misc Schwinns from my younger days that I can't seem to let go
    1950's Frejus Road Bike
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    Twenty-seven years old. Riding since I was able, seriously since 1995. Tried all those fancy nice aluminum race hardtails (Zaskar, Homegrown) and all those fancy nice carbon full-suspension bikes (Epic, Anthem). Sold them all off two years ago in favor of one MTB - a custom-spec'ed Redline Monocog Flight 29er. Don't let anyone tell you they don't ride great. I haven't had as much fun riding since I was twelve and zipping through Indiana forests on a full-rigid Trek 820 with cantilevers and GripShift. Roots!
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    GT Peace 26er with a Marzocchi fork

    Geared MTB & Geared Road bike
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    35....... KHS Solo One SE

    Started riding in 1999.
    Ride it like you stole it!

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    Bianchi SOK 29er.

    Did MTB at 13 to 15, then switched to road. Did several centuries and other endurance rides. Just started MTB again... yesterday! I like the idea of an off-road century.

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    Started riding in the late 80's while in college when I picked up an entry level Trek 820 to get to and from class. Bought what I'd consider to be my first real MTB in 1994, a Specialized Rockhopper. After buying a nice FS rig in 2001 I converted the Rockhooper to SS.

    Currently split time between a Jabberwocky and Bandersnatch. Although I still have my good ole' Rockhopper frameset hanging from the rafters in my garage.

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    Vassago Jabberwocky

    Only started riding SS this year, after two years on a geared FS bike.
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    17 in febuary. i did bmx for a long time and when i got into mtb i did gears for one year and then i bought a monocog 29er wich is my main ride and converted my gf pirania to a ss to. i also have a older road bike that im building up as a ss roadie with cx tires because the closest paved road is about 2 miles away lol

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    Not 15 ...actually 38

    Converted '94 Diamondback Sorrento, and building up a Misfit diSSent

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    ride a 29 inbred ss and a niner air nine geared.
    Been riding since 91.

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    53 in April. I started MTB ing early 1990's on a steel Nashbar hardtail that had a ti finish. I've been on a Misfit DisSent since August 2008. (World's greatest 29er)
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    Surly 1X1 rigid
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    have on order custom Hunter 29'er SS frame......so excited i think i peed a little.....
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    I'm 24.

    Been riding for about 11 years.

    SS bikes got me back into the sport.

    I'm currently riding a SS Jamis Dragon One.
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    24 yrs old

    Started riding at a very young age.
    Ramping stuff just as soon as i knew what a ramp was...
    First real mtn bike was a mid-90s Trek 930 with grip shift and an elastomer sprung Rock Shox fork.
    Next was a 2001 Specialized Stumpjumper M4. Converted that to SS after a few years of abuse, served as a nice first SS experience!
    Built up a Zion 737 Ebb on the cheap as my first fully rigid and first 29er. Successfully hooked!
    Now i ride a Mamasita that sees many different setups depending on my mood and fitness level. Running Hope SS hubs allows the top six gears on the spider of a PG990 cassette to work beautifully well as a 1x6 or 2x6. New tensioner arriving today to convert back to ss. Im going with the Rennen Rollenlager, so we'll see how that goes... It's got to better than the crappy-springy-arm-jockey-wheel-thing that i had before

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    52.6 years young. Quiring 29er with Blacksheep Ti rigid fork.

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    Age

    34 years old in 8 more days.
    2008 peptobismol pink Orange P7 with Pushed 08 RS Reveleation 426's

    And loving it.
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    starting mountain biking in 89

    Started riding fixed gear cyclocross frankenbike in 91 on and off road

    Current singles:

    Motobecane Outcast (mud bike)

    Felt Solo Nine (race and trail bike)

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    pushing 42. my ride is a converted 05 fisher tassajara with a white bros. rock solid carbon fork
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    1989 Trek 950 SS
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    I'm 46 and I just converted my 1994 Litespeed Obeb to a SS, I also ride a BMC Fourstroke 02 geared FS bike. Was not sure about the SS, but the guys at the LBS convinced me to give it a try. It's been awesome Here is my Litespeed SS, new forks on the way next week!





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    44 Years and going

    Riding bike all my life, but religiously since late 90's with 2 Turners, 1 El Mariachi and 1 Surly 1X1 ( 32 - 19 ) and honestly don't have enough time to ride as often as I want, but what the heck,
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    15 years old this year.

    Started the SS thing year end, 2009. Getting better now. Running 32/18 ratio(Salsa ring with Shimano DX cog) on my Commencal Combi SS with front rigid fork(Kona Project 2).

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    Bianchi Grizzly SS
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    MTBing since 1987 with a Schwinn High Sierra! (with index shifting and BioPace rings)
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    mountainbiking since 1991, started on a trek 990 which I wish I had back!
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    riding since 99, but i got really into it a few years ago right around the time i get my first real ss.
    current setup is vassago jabberwocky with a squishy front end.

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    first MTB in 1986 a murray 12 speed
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    interesting to see the ages of those on this forum... pretty wide range of ages here.

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    anyone remember Ross bikes? that was my first mtb back in 1984 or so. on and off mt bike for many years. barely touched a bike from 2000 to 2009. somehow found my way back into riding again and picked up GF 29er in Feb. By July, I knew SS was the way for me. just converted my Felt Team 29 to SS a couple of months ago. game over.

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    so far we have an average age here of 35.27 years old.. what does that mean ? i dunno. but more importantly, props go out to Mo0se for having a wife nearly half his age and she rides a SS

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    43.....but sometimes my wife says i'm 10

    I have been riding a flat black rigid Zion for about a year and a half now. I started MTB'g about seven years now. I use to be a roadie years ago but took a break in between to get married and have kids.
    I ride at ludicrous speed

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    Began mtn biking in March, 1985.

    Got 3 Cascade Cream Puff 100 Mile Race finisher's caps so far... one earned aboard a SS... will get #4 this July.

    Vulture 26er
    On-One 29er
    Salsa Big Mama FS/8-spd
    ...plus 6 or 8 other bikes

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    Keep on keepin on

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    First Mountain Bike: 1986 Ross something or other.
    First started mountain biking (lived in Chicago- had to drive to Wisconsin): 1989-1990
    First REALLY started mountain biking (moved to Vermont): 1991
    First SS: 2009

    I've been on hardtails, FS, 29ers and all the rest. Just got a Bianchi SASS this past fall and already I keep trying to take it out on muddy, snow-packed trails just because I want to get it out for a spin. Lovin it so far, but pretty sure I'll be a many-bikes-in-the-quiver kind of guy for a while yet. Can't imagine riding some of the trails in CO on a fully rigid at my young age .

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    Quote Originally Posted by vudu
    so far we have an average age here of 35.27 years old.. what does that mean ? i dunno. but more importantly, props go out to Mo0se for having a wife nearly half his age and she rides a SS
    Has he been posting up pictures of her again? Doh. Can't believe I missed it! He likes east coast beer as well. Don't tell him Black Horse is better.

    39.

    Back in school though so I'm telling people I'm 33.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vudu
    so far we have an average age here of 35.27 years old.. what does that mean ? i dunno. but more importantly, props go out to Mo0se for having a wife nearly half his age and she rides a SS
    Thanks! She is a blast to ride with!
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    I've only been on SS 4 years or so and I'm not as dedicated as many of you.
    I started on a shipping damaged 1FG that I picked up cheap, it was too small but I adapted it with stems and a layback post.
    My newest is a used Ferrous frame I picked up about a month ago. The Ferrous is 3/4 inch longer than the 1fg was and works better out of the saddle but not as well in the saddle; with the same wheels the Fisher weighs in 2 1/4 lbs heavier, but it's much more comfortable.

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    I ride a beat up Trek 850 . you know , it gets me from point A to point B . What im really hoping for is the new 2010 GT peace 9r this spring
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    My SS's are my DMR Sidekick2 DJ bike and a new to me 99 Bianchi B.A.S.S. that I got just in time for snow and below freezing weather so haven't ridden it too much. Had a Monocog Flight 29er last year and wish I would've kept it but oh well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frozenspokes
    It's my suspician that most of us don't start out with a single speed.
    really? most bikes i had as a kid were SS.

    i feel like a kid riding SS or fixed.

    55. riding all my life. 5 bikes, all but one is a various form of fixed, SS, or 2x2.

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    37, it is nice to see guys a lot older than me still riding single speeds. It gives me hope!

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    54 this March

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    just can't wipe this grin off my face....

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    Started riding a Schwinn Homegrown in 1999.
    Stopped in 2001 when I moved.
    Started again in 2008 with Turner 5-Spot.
    Started SS in late 2008 with 5-Spot geared.
    Now I have a On One Inbred Ti29er which I ride almost exclusively.

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    I've been riding bikes since I was a kid. Bought my first "real" mountain bike in 2005. Decided to give SS a try after I started riding places that kept bending my derailer hanger.

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    also have a Yeti AS-X

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    Just turned 47.

    Started mountain biking around 1991 or so. First mtn bike was a Mongoose (Rockadile I think?) rigid. I eventually put a front shock on it, MAN did it feel wierd the first few rides! I had been used to my upper body being the shock for drop-offs and stuff, the first few I did with a shock really threw me off (literally).

    I now only own one bike, a pretty much stock 2007 GT Peace 6r rigid I bought new from Perf Bike about a month ago. Loving it.

    Due to the fact I recently had a major shoulder injury (grade 3 separation), I may eventually go with a front shock, haven't decided yet.

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    First MTB in 1979, but they were known as klunkers! (looked like the second bike from right - photo from Charlie Kelly)

    buddy talked me into selling it when I got a Stumpjumper in 1982, I was a rep for Specialized

    I am now riding a 2006 On One Inbred 29er with a rigid carbon fork.


    About half my rides in winter are fixed for better workout with limited time and little or no daylight riding time.


    I will admit that I also ride a double boinger geared 29er, since the meds needed as the result of a couple cardiac issues in the past affect my cardiovascular capacity. Still, my heart (sic) is owned by the SS.



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    Been riding off an on since 97, got more serious about it in 04-05.
    Started SS about 1 1/2 years ago, wish I'd seen the light earlier


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    Started riding a few years ago on a Fisher Cobia. Last summer bought a used Monocog 29'er. Haven't ridden the Cobia since.

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    Started with a Specialized Rockhopper Comp in 1990 and rode intermittently into the mid 1990s

    Specialized Epic in 2004 and have ridden regularly since

    Rigid Marin Pine Mountain 29er SS December 2008 and haven't ridden anything else since
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    An edit from my original post...

    I thought about it... and this is how my original post should have read. "I feel 11 when on my Flight... 39 the rest of the time!" We took up SS in 07. Can't leave the young wife out!
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    my birthday!

    just turned 32 today, i want more bikes!
    everything sucks but my vacuum cleaner.

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    Me too! 43 today.

    Riding mtn bikes since 1988.

    Currenty on a Seven Verve.

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    I'm 55. Been riding mountain bikes since '86. I got a Gary Fisher Rig last summer. A lot of fun.

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    been working in a bike shop for 3 years now and loving it. picked up an '08 XXIX a few years back and have slowly been upgrading and doubt if I'll ever sell it. my full SRAM Rival Cannondale six13 gets hardly any use anymore thanks to my SS
    "I don't believe in brakes, all they do is slow you down"

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    I've always ridden bikes..... bought my first quality mountain bike in 98 , a Giant ATX.
    and fell in love all over again. I raced the first race at the end of the season when I was 39.
    spent the winter waiting for the next race season to begin.
    Built my first single speed this past summer and my second one a few weeks ago..... it never gets boring, it never stops feeling great

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    I' 42 and a BMX rider. I got an SE Stout last year and started riding it on my own and got hooked. Rigid fork and one gear is just a big bmx bike to me. It feels unnatural to ride with gears and suspension. Still I just bought a 29 speed GF for longer rides and replaced the Stout with a Beasley SS.

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    I'm 47. My SS is a Motobecane Outcast 29er.
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    2008 OSObike - indoor trainer/roadie
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    1995 Trek 930 converted to ss - currently rocking a graco babyseat - oh yeah.

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    i too have though people start with geared bikes and move to singlespeed and then fully rigid singlespeed. i started out on singlespeeds when i was a kid but i couldnt wait for a geared 'big boy bike" and now that ive been riding for a while i guess i want to go back to my roots... or something like that. anyway, ive been riding mtb since i was about 11, im 20 now. i got a ss steel indy fab over the summer and i just made the jump to rigid fork.

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    I have been riding since 89

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    I turn 57 on the 30th of this month. Never felt better!

    Redline Flight 29 (I changed a few things)
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    Lemond Zurich (In the rafters for years unriden)
    Ellsworth Truth (Cannibalized years ago for parts for Flight).
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    Mild family oriented riding for 20 years in Michigan, moved to Phoenix 7 months ago and started riding SoMo very frequently, really liking National.

    Converted 1996 Trek 850, 32x18, 1 1/2 months ago

    2009 Stumpy Expert 29er
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    Crossmax Wheels

    Been riding bikes since I was 3

    Bought a Giant XTC in 87 but got stolen couple months later. Been riding MTB since 2004 when I moved to Phoenix. Started with Haro Xtreme, moved onto a Stumpjumper FSR, then an Epic and have been exclusive SS the last year and half. Converted my road bike to SS and have an old Diamond Back that is SS for cruising the hood.

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    Mountain biking 3 years and 23 pounds ago ( it was 40 until I lost 2 months to a broken leg)

    Superfly SS - it goes 2-3 days out of the 6 I ride per week. Best thing I have done since grandkids!

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    47 y.o.

    That's my main squeeze these days. I have 3 more SS (Waltworks as a fast city commuter, KM same functionality, but in a different country, and a GF Rig).

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    Just turned 35. I started mountainbiking about 3 years ago. I hadn't ridden a bike since I was about 16. All of the bikes that I could afford had crap shifters and components so I picked up a stock Monocog 29er for cheap. I'm still riding that monocog.
    There's always money in the banana stand.

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    46, KHS Solo One SE. Picked it up last evening and it is leaning against the door waiting for its maiden voyage. Landowners are getting ugly around here about land access, but I decided to purchase it anyway...

    KHS Team ST -- (All steel, coolest bike ever, should make a 29er like it)
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    GT Zaskar Expert 1x9 converting to SS as soon as the mailman gets here.
    Specialized Langster for when the trails are mud but the streets are dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moval49er
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    Mountain biking 3 years and 23 pounds ago ( it was 40 until I lost 2 months to a broken leg)

    Superfly SS - it goes 2-3 days out of the 6 I ride per week. Best thing I have done since grandkids!
    Hell yeah buddy!

    Funny how thinks change as we get older. I have been riding more the last five years than I ever had before! Been riding since 84 regularly but obsessively for the last five or six! I really believe the SS had something to do with this. Oh, and I have grandchildren also!

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    Riding SS for ~ 12 Years...

    I'm 36...(37 next month) - Guess I've been riding SS now for about 12 years. Cut my teeth w/ singlespeeding when the first batch of Santa Cruz Chameleon frames came out. I think that was like '97 or '98. Had 2 Chameleon frames, both started geared - and both ended-up singlespeed: 1 rigid and 1 w/ a 'Zoke BAM w/ a whopping 75mm of travel. The Chameleons are gone (sadly) and since then - my favorites have been: Cove Handjob ("magic gear" 36x20T, later convereted to horizontal dropouts by Gene Spicer), On*One Il Pompino and Cove Hummer via White ENO hub.
    So now, the stable includes my all-time favorites:
    Cove Hummer (yes, the very same frame - can't seem to kill this burly ti frame!), SS convert via ENO rear hub and Marzocchi Atom Race 100mm fork and other goodies. I like it rigid, too (a'la Kelly steel mountain fork).
    '95 Specialized Stumpy M2 w/ Marzocchi Atom 80, SS convert via ENO
    '93 Specializted Stumpjumper rigid (Tange Prestige steel), SS convert via ENO
    (there seems to be a trend here w/ my fondness of ENO!)
    ...IRO Rob Roy 'cross commuter
    I recently tried the whole "1x8" thing, to see whether it would maybe make sense to me all over again...and my general consensus and opinion: it absolutely did not. I have since re-converted the Hummer back to dedicated SS.

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    From L to R hanging in my garage:

    Eastern Traildigger 26" Urban bike (25X9)
    Felt El Guapo Beach Cruiser (Gearing?)
    Fly Tierra 20" BMX (brakeless, built for flatland; 28X9)
    Motobecane Fantom Pro Ti (Multi-Speed)
    Motobecane Messenger Fixed Gear (48X16)
    Surly Pacer Road Bike (Multi-Speed)
    Motobecane Fantom Comp DS All-mountain (Multi-Speed)
    On-One Inbred 29'er (32X22)
    Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno (38X19)

    Started off as a freestyle BMX'er in the 80's through the 90's. Picked up BMX again a couple years ago, but ride my other bikes quite frequently, much more than I ride BMX. I non-commute/train ride (whatever that means) 6 days a week.

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    On One 29er and a Lemond Reno old steel road bike with a fixed wheel wedged in!

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    It's not the years, it's the miles.

    31.

    I have a darling little 26in SS converted that way via an WI ENO hub and the slow stripping of other madness from the frame.


    Currently waiting patiently for UPS to deliver the past bits of my new bike.... 29er IF.

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    Currently the 2008 Specialized Paolo Bettini Tarmac is the SS in my house

    Been riding MTB since '91...racing MTB since that time.... Riding SS Since '99

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    1 bike, 1 speed, 1 brake

    - 2008 KHS DJ 300 frame
    - Bombshell Crusher wheelset (48 spokes!)
    - Avid Juicy 7 hydraulic rear brake
    - Marzocchi Dirt Jumper2 front fork
    - Shimano DeoreLX crankset/bb
    - Truvativ Hussefelt DH-Riserbars
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    - Maxxis Holy Roller tires 26 X 2.4
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    Sounds about right...

    Quote Originally Posted by redwarrior
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    started riding when Star Wars first came out in theaters...
    Ha! Same here... 37. Been on two wheels for as long as I can remember. Started MTB'ing when I was 13 (1985 - YIKES!). Been on and off through the years, but now I am fully committed to the sport.

    Started SS'ing about 3 years ago. First SS MTB was a Redline Monocog and currently on an On One Inbred 29er.

    Other bikes currently in the stable (albeit collecting dust):
    2x FS geared Cannondale Super V's
    '07 Monocog
    Brodie Ronin road/cross bike

    Cheers!

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    older than dirt

    53 years and 7 days in body
    about 10 years old when i get on a mtb in the forest

    1995 GT Avalanche converted to S/S of course
    Running full rigid at the moment but that's going to have to stop as my hands a getting a little beat up ... even with the 2.4 on the front

    Started riding on a singlespeed when i was about knee high to a grasshopper ... wasn't any other kind of bike for a kid way back then.

    This year I'm getting a 29er ... well that's what I asked Santa for

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    Been riding for about 6 years, SS for about 8 months.

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    Other than that I have a Schwinn Panther set up for commuting and a Raleigh tandem for road/light MTB use.

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    26 years old, but I ride a 2x9 29er
    My flatland bmx bike was a singlespeed (duh). Then I realized that mountain endurance riding was a lot more rewarding for a lot less skill..... just legs, lungs, and a willingness to work hard.
    The fisticuff is a tringlespeed - derailleurless dinglespeed on the freewheel side, then a tomicog on the disc mount. Rides like a singlespeed, but there are options so the bike will be more multipurpose. Soon to be 2 Tomicogs for a quinglespeed. Mullet brakes with the rear V brake on the disc only A-317 rim.

    The General, my old SS has been with me since 8th grade. I stole some parts off it to build up the fisticuff, but it will get rebuilt soon with some old parts.

    I've ridden and wrenched since I realized biking was fun in about 7th grade.

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    22yrs Been riding only 2yrs, SS 1yr half

    Monocog 29er w/tons of mods
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    15, 16 in july. Been riding a "real" singlespeed for about 4 months (NEVER going back!)

    before that i rode a rockhopper that had gears, but cog wear was nil on the granny and big ring and pretty much nil on all the rear cogs except for the 4th and 5th

    My singlespeed? A 2007 Transiton Vagrant
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    The way I see it right now, if my bike is too heavy, then I'm too weak!

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    Riding MTB's since 1988 and SS for the last four years, although I do occasionally take my '88 Explosif out for an airing. Well, we have been together nearly 22 years.

    Main bike at the minute is a '95 Explosif SS 69er and I'm just about to start building a Singular Hummingbird (also to be a 69er).

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    Started mtbing in 1995 (GT RTS-3) geared.

    A few more greared bikes then...
    My first SS - 2002 Surly Crosscheck (commuter/trainer).
    Next - 1998 M500 converted last year with the magic gear ratio of 34x16 (ouch).
    Building a Scandal 29er now with a more amicable 34x20 endless cog.

    These knees aren't what they used to be...

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    i am 19, i started out riding ss road then fixed gears and morphed into 1x9 mtb then ss and now one of each

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    The dude is like 120lbs, tops lol he can run any tires he wants without issues, i'm sure.
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    17 when I ride my bike

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    First SS was my tricycle at age 4. (Fixed? ) Riding seriously from 97. Had many bikes over the years and current quiver consists of:

    Surly Steamroller fixed
    Redline Monocog

    Just sold my OCLV Trek with Dura Ace everything due to it not getting any riding time. I'd like to add a CrossCheck or another steel framed cross bike in the near future. But it will be geared. Also looking to build up a geared steel 26" mtn bike. But I'm quite content with the two SS I have now.

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    i'm old!!
    was on the naming committee for "dirt", we also chose "dust" and "earth" as back-ups.
    someone suggested we call it "kourtneyluv" but noone wanted to walk on that. Felt TOO dirty.

    I'm 34 so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    i'm old!!
    was on the naming committee for "dirt", we also chose "dust" and "earth" as back-ups.
    someone suggested we call it "kourtneyluv" but no one wanted to walk on that. Felt TOO dirty.

    I'm 34 so far.
    I was on that committee too! .....well at least i think i was i don't remember so good these days

    BUT

    I remember that my first bike had a sticker on the top tube that said " Always wear a helmet and don't feed the dinosaurs"

    An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit. Pliny the Younger (62 AD - 114 AD)

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    Been riding for 3 yrs since quitting smoking!

    SS for the last year

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    Another 38 year old here.

    I've been riding MTBs since 89. Bought a bike to get to classes at college (Lehigh) and then started exploring the local trails.

    Started playing with my first SS about 5 years ago and haven't looked back.

    My main ride is a Black Sheep Ti rigid 29er.

    But I am building up an On One Ti 29er frame with an Alfine gearhub and front suspension.

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    Well, I'm not the oldest at 49 (50 by racing season!), so that's good. Like bikeny, my main ride is a Black Sheep Ti Rigid 29er singlespeed. Except for when it's a Black Sheep Ti Rigid Rohloff-equipped bike. Over the past couple of seasons I've ridden the singlespeed so much I contemplated selling the Rohloff -- it is literally worth twice as much on Ebay as I paid for it new about 5 years ago -- but my advancing age has me thinking the gears are worth keeping around, and I have no desire to go back to derailers.

    Quote Originally Posted by bikeny
    My main ride is a Black Sheep Ti rigid 29er.

    But I am building up an On One Ti 29er frame with an Alfine gearhub and front suspension.
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    I'm 24... started riding at 21. Rode a fully that I bought used for about 6 months and then "drank the single speed kool aid". It's been my only mountain bike ever since.

    it's a vassago jabberwocky.

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    Half of 90. riding for 40 years. 10 years on the BUSS and misc. geared bikes and converted SS road bike and now a Specialized 29r SS carbon fiber.

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    49 been riding MTB since 94 or 95. First bike with knobby tires was a Schwinn "Mirada" after first "real" trail ride sold i& purchased a Trek 7000. Currently have a SIR 9, SS rigid RIP 9 and a GT i-drive. "Bigfoot" started the whole SS thing for me about 2 years ago....

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    Sorry, no single-speed, although I tried it. I 'm running 2 x 9 now. Started riding in 87 (road) and MTB in '90 in New Zealand.

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    I'm 39 this June and I got my first SS in 1997 and had to race in the geared class until Texas got a SS class in 2000. Come to think of it, even after that I still raced in the geared class. I only raced my first SS race last September. Ignore my DH bike.
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    just turned 28. started riding bmx freestyle about 15 years ago. i got a SS mtb about a year ago. i still ride both bmx and mtb.

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    Mountain biking since 1995. Singlespeed for 3 years. Current singlespeed Redline Monocog Flight 26"

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    Above Average ...age

    I'm 44, but emotionally I'm somwhere in my early teens.

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    Sometimes, with a very strenuous effort, I will fatigue.

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    44 this year

    I started riding my mongoose bmx bike on trails in '78.
    In 1980 we started riding 10 speeds with the cheapest, fatest tires we could fit on them.
    I bought a Nishiki Cascade MTB in '84 and started exploring the trails in Auburn SRA.
    A Bianchi BUSS was my first onespeed in 1999.
    My current ride is a Spot.

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    1st singlespeed trek 330 road frame converted fixie for commuting. been commuting to work via bike for 3 yrs... exclusively for yr and a half.
    1st ss mtb: gary fisher marlin converted... enough to catch the fever to build a proper dedicated ss.
    now almost done building surly 1x1 rigid.

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    94' Bridgestone MB5 commuter
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    Soon I'll be getting a monocog flight (steel) 26" frame to build up blinged out and race ready

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    44, but today is my buddy Charlie's 73rd birthday.



    He rides a rigid KM, always singlespeed. He's selling off a bunch of stuff right now to get a carbon Air9, rigid of course.

    I ride a Singular.

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    How do you like the Habanero? I was thinking of going that route
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    Two cheers for Charlie!

    Quote Originally Posted by CB2
    44, but today is my buddy Charlie's 73rd birthday.



    He rides a rigid KM, always singlespeed. He's selling off a bunch of stuff right now to get a carbon Air9, rigid of course.

    I ride a Singular.
    That's just about the greatest thing I've seen. We can all hope to be riding logs- or riding, period, when we're Charlie's age. Happy Birthday, Charlie.

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    48 years young

    I plan on selling this bike and doing leadville on a new spot 29er
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    how much?

    Quote Originally Posted by b2b2
    I plan on selling this bike and doing leadville on a new spot 29er
    What size and how much?

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    Its a Large, PM me If interested

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    i am 4

    I started riding when I was 3.. so 1 1/2 years now. My only winter option is the garage.
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    43 started racing BMX in 79 stopped racing in 96 started MTB around 87 or so. My first real MTB was a Fat Chance in 88. I've had many many bikes over the years I currently have in the garage a Bianchi PUSS, a home built SS road bike, a ANT city bike , A Lite Speed road bike , a Redline PL-26 MTB circa 1998 some old Raligh MTB and an EPX road bike.

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    Started late in life. Made up for it with many, many miles.

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    This thread should have started with and included a big poll...

    I turned 40 in Dec. I wish I had started mountain biking a lot sooner than 2001.

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    39 years young - MOOTS Mooto X with sliders. I geared it up this year thinking I would be better a bit faster. I was faster on some longer rides where the large chainring made the difference but just wasn't having as much fun. Back to SS.
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    Got my Gary Fisher rig last april for my 50th birthday. Been riding on and off road since i was a tyke. Nothing puts a smile on my face like my rig ss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by a528126
    I started riding when I was 3.. so 1 1/2 years now. My only winter option is the garage.

    That's it. This little man and Charlie, the 73 yo log roller. Fantastic.

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    It's kind of fun being that "Old Guy" that gets to be the hell out of the young guys once in while! I use to make fun of those guys (with respect of course), but I guess I'm becoming that guy?
    Just turned 42 at Christmas and racing age is 43!
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    Riding a 2009 Kona Unit 29er full rigid SS.

    Been riding on & off my whole life, but serious MTB in the last five years maybe.

    Single Speeding for the last 3 or so years.

    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    I'm old. Older than most of the dirt I'm riding on.

    OK really... 49... MTB riding since 1987, Singlespeeding only 2 years on a Haro Mary SS.

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    I will be 38 in June of this year...

    started riding in October 2006 (never knew how to ride a bike before then)

    started on a Misfit Psycles DiSSent 29er Rigid Singlespeed...

    road most of 2007 with my SS, broke my leg in 2008 and didn't ride for a year...

    now back on the bike... SS rigid...

    I will be buying another 29er SS this year... photos will be posted when I get the new diggs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysty
    I will be 38 in June of this year...

    started riding in October 2006 (never knew how to ride a bike before then)

    started on a Misfit Psycles DiSSent 29er Rigid Singlespeed...

    road most of 2007 with my SS, broke my leg in 2008 and didn't ride for a year...

    now back on the bike... SS rigid...

    I will be buying another 29er SS this year... photos will be posted when I get the new diggs
    I am impressed and pleased with your commitment to ride. Good on you for hanging in there.

    I've had my share of injuries and setbacks. The desire to ride again kept me going. It is nice to see someone with the burning passion.
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    Never got into mountain bikes growing up, and didn't own my first one until this past year. So, while I;ve been riding bikes since I was 4, I've only been riding mountan bikes for less than a year.

    Currently riding a crap Marin ss conversion after selling my nicer Cannondale after getting laid off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n8rhino
    It's kind of fun being that "Old Guy" that gets to be the hell out of the young guys once in while! I use to make fun of those guys (with respect of course), but I guess I'm becoming that guy?
    Just turned 42 at Christmas and racing age is 43!
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    Me too, I'm riding the retro at 42. Your post inspires me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frozenspokes
    It's my suspician that most of us don't start out with a single speed. I know that I was riding for about 9 years before I built up my first SS. And I didn't come into riding MTB until I was almost 30.

    So, how old are you?

    41

    Bonus points if you include what type of SS(s) you ride.

    Surly 1x1 fully rigid w/ V brakes
    Shogun roadie for commuting in summer.
    GT Peace 9r waiting for the spring thaw.

    I also own a FS geared bike, A hardtail 29er geared bike, and a CF geared roadie.
    My first bike was an AMF Roadmaster SS with a banana seat and ape hangers,,,,,,1967. I went back to SS's in 1997 and since then 95% of my mt. bike rides have been of the one geared persuasion,,,,,I'm staring at 46.............7 SS's in the stable right now, 98 Dekerf Solitaire, Yo Eddy drop bar, Kona A F/S with 650 B up front, Binachi BUSS, Sendero, Klein and A Salsa Ala Carte

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    Avid BB7 front disc, 160 rotor; Shimano XTR v-brake rear
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    I am a fresh 19. I have been riding singlespeeds exclusively for the last ten years. Mainly a BMX rider, I have moved onto my fixed gear and my Gary Fisher Rig. I am glad I bought it when it looked good! Mine is the tan one with the Fox fork : ) I am currently building my first geared bike, a Pugsley. I will always remain true to my SS roots.
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    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    29...been riding since 1989.

    Coverted my 99 bianchi martini mtb race bike into a single speed.

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    42 and been riding since I was about 5.
    Started with my old Malvern Star dragster back in Oz then in 79 had a Mongoose motomag that made me the coolest kid on the block.
    Not much riding in my twenties as I was racing dirt track, enduro and MX but back into it in my early thirties, to start with just for training then slowly the engined bikes were left behind and its been legs and pedals full on since.
    Singlespeeding only 18 months on a hastily converted 94 Stumpjumper, but a 1x1 is due to be ordered in the next few days. The singlespeed is about the only one that gets used lately as I love it so my modern Stumpy hardtail is getting sold as I write
    1X1 will be rigid like my other bikes (except the Stumpy being sold) as one of the reasons I went back to bicycles because of the simplicity compared to the period when I was racing/riding motorbikes. I would be spending the days before races/rides rebuilding suspension for different conditions etc, where as I would just wheel the bicycle out and go for a training ride, nothing to do, just check the tyres, helmet on and we're off, put it away and its its already to do it again tomorrow. In the end I just kept wheeling the bicycle out and going riding.
    Now I'm converted to the singlespeed way and rigid so I guess its come full circle
    I certainly hope I am still getting out riding logs like Charlie when I am 70. I dont know, but I intend to give it a hell of a shot. Happy belated birthday Charlie and much respect

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    right now riding an origin 8 scout.

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    Just turned 40 earlier this month.

    My original bike back in the day was a fully rigid Nishiki, though I think I did more road riding on it than mountain biking as I didn't have a lot of trails to choose from.

    Started back into serious mountain biking in 2004 but it wasn't until 2008 when I bought my first SS. A Gary Fisher RIG (32/18, Reba fork) which I love. Originally, I had brought my geared GF Mt. Tam into my LBS to ask how much it would cost to get converted to SS. That's when the owner made me an offer on the RIG I couldn't refuse. It's made me not only a stronger rider, but a much better rider overall.

    Even though I love the RIG, for some reason I still want a Niner One 9. I guess it's the Scandium frame that's calling me.

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    17 riding seriously for the last 10 years, since i was 7. racing for the last 2.

    i ride a bianchi muss about to be torn down to the frame and rebuilt w/ all new parts. i'll post pics when i'm finished.
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    I'm turning......

    39 this year. Not much trail riding here in Hawaii that I have found, so my 22yr old Trek road bike takes care of the riding.

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    I'm 58, and my wife is 52. I ride a haro Mary (still rigid) and she rides my old fisher x-cal converted to ss. We ride gears also, and even an off-road tandem, but the ss is a great addition. We have been riding together almost 25 years.It is wonderful to have your riding partner be your life partner also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mctweek
    I'm 58, and my wife is 52. I ride a haro Mary (still rigid) and she rides my old fisher x-cal converted to ss. We ride gears also, and even an off-road tandem, but the ss is a great addition. We have been riding together almost 25 years.It is wonderful to have your riding partner be your life partner also.

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    96 m2 stumpjumper, rigid,
    I just started the ss thing
    I rode fs, geared, prototypes etc.etc. but the ss brings the kid out in me. Next bike will be a 9r ss.

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    oh I'm hanging in there alright...

    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus
    I am impressed and pleased with your commitment to ride. Good on you for hanging in there.

    I've had my share of injuries and setbacks. The desire to ride again kept me going. It is nice to see someone with the burning passion.

    I only give up when I know it's a lost cause...

    I can tell you the desire and the passion to ride hasn't stopped... it is all the good people I have met in the sport that kept me motivated when I was down and out because of my injury.

    This year I plan on traveling with my bike and doing some races in the USA, for fun of course... just want some different places to ride!
    misfit diSSent 29er SS
    niner One9 SS

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    23, I ride a orange rigid Surly 1x1, Love it, riding SS for 4 years now

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    ride a steel 29'er.

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    All 26.5" all the time!
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    Rode BMX bikes from 1982-1997, mountain bikes from 1989 - present.

    The first SS conversion I saw was at a race in 1996.

    Started tinkering with SS conversions in 1998.

    Got myself a Surly 1x1 in 2000

    Ordered a Utili-Ti-man frame from Matt Chester in the summer of 2002 -- he didn't get around to shipping it until spring of 2003.
    Edit: I think this was one of the last 26" frames Matt built, and according to him, it was the first frame he completed when he was living in Salida, Colorado.

    Pic of the Chester circa 2006 basking on some Georgia slickrock, at the time still rockin' the Mag 21 (hot-rodded for a whopping 75mm of travel ) :



    I also have several multi-speed hardtails and FS bikes I ride on a regular basis.
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    21 years old

    started riding almost 2 years ago and have owned 6 bikes started with 4" full, 6" full, single speed rigid 29er, and now I own two 29er sette razzo's, one single speed rigid and one 1x9 ht, I also own a 20" monty trials bike, a nimbus 26" mountain unicycle, and a 20" schwinn. recently started racing sport and plan to move to expert for next series.

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    41 as well. Glad to see I'm not the old lady out there. Well, maybe I am, but lots of you folks are as old as I am.

    I'm on my 4th singlespeed specific frame, that's more than two years on each. I think I started riding ss about 10 years ago. Somebody told me that girls weren't strong enough to singlespeed... I had to prove him wrong. I still have all my frames:

    Surly 1x1
    Edge Cycles SS frame with road tubing (I broke it)
    Edge Cycles SS frame with mtb tubing (lasted just fine)
    Spot Brand built in Colorado 26" wheel carbon belt drive ss

    Always with a rigid fork. Always steel. But drooling over a Tranny.....

    I might have a few other bikes.... (like lots). I also have a few ss cruisers... But I don't have an addiction to bikes...

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    Built my first mtb summer of 82.

    In 1987 I converted a 1985 Diamond Assent to SS, using a Sturmy Archer hub. Rode it 4yrs.

    Now:
    Moots Mooto X with Paragon sliders, White Bros fork, On One Midge bars, Stans Flow, Racing Ralphs.

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    58 (but who's counting...)

    4 bikes, all singles.

    cruiser - singled Norco Sasquatch Mtn bike from mid 80s. Almost all original (seat & grips are not)
    commuter - Marinoni touring frame mid 80s. Bunch of nice parts
    mountain - 98 Brodie hard tail.Rigid, fat tire. 34x20
    fixed - Raleigh mid 80s. garbage can find, plus parts bin. Just for fun.

    Always had a road bike. Mountain bike since 1990. Single since 96.

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