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    So many singlespeeders?

    when i go out riding here in the south bay area, it seems like 1/3rd of the other people on the trails are rockin the single speed (and half of those are on rigid 29ers) Is it that there are gobs of singlespeeders running around that just dont get much press attention because it's hard to sell them junk, or just that the same small group of ss'ers are the ones who spend the most time on their bikes?

    It's just so wierd to see so many of them out there when there's little mention of them in mags and so few ss bikes in shoppes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottzg
    ... Is it that there are gobs of singlespeeders running around that just dont get much press attention because it's hard to sell them junk, or just that the same small group of ss'ers are the ones who spend the most time on their bikes? ...
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    There are really only a handful of singlespeeders on the planet... all the posts here are done by a few people with mutliple user names and since we can ride our SS bikes so fast we can seem to be everywhere at once.

    Singlespeeding is the real deal and a very popular ride choice in these parts as well.
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    I've personally only seen one other singlespeeder on the trail since I started 8 months ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
    There are really only a handful of singlespeeders on the planet... all the posts here are done by a few people with mutliple user names and since we can ride our SS bikes so fast we can seem to be everywhere at once.

    Singlespeeding is the real deal and a very popular ride choice in these parts as well.
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    The times I've been to Kettle Moraine, I see from time to time a singlespeeder. But to me, its just another person on a bike.

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    You're reading the wrong mags and going to the wrong shops.

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    I see very few, on the races only a handfull show up. There're a few ssers out there but haven't seen many on my rides.

    In terms of SS friendly shops, we have none.

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    the philly area is also overrun with singlespeeds and 29er. i can't go on a ride without seeing at least one; usually a whole heard of em. i always figured it was just cause we have lots of smart people here in philthy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by max-a-mill
    the philly area is also overrun with singlespeeds and 29er. i can't go on a ride without seeing at least one; usually a whole heard of em. i always figured it was just cause we have lots of smart people here in philthy...

    Must be a "college town" thing. Here in Austin, the place is crawling with SSers.
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    I've only seen two on the trails up here, besides me. Radair (a SS by choice)was on one, the other was a guy with a broken derailleur (SS not by choice).
    But I got to say, it's a rare day that I run into someone (unless you count moose) on my local ride. I know there are more SS's around. At least that's what the LBS guy said.
    In Boston, road SS's are everywhere. They are more durable. No one slamming your derailleur trying to lock up on the same post/bike rack.
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    SS and 29ers all around in Bend, OR. Several SS and 29er-friendly shops too.

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    A couple of guys I ride with basically kidnapped my bike and converted it to a SS. Its been almost a year now without gears. I don't miss the shifting, chain slapping and constant maintanance.

    About 1/4 of the guys in our crew ride SS.
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    What's to sell a SSer? We got it, it's easy to maintain, it's made durable and we don't need anything else. As for why you see so many SSers around, like 65er said, we're few but fast and besides, I read some where that SSing is just a fad and who wants to put stock in a fad when there's SSingletrack to be riden?

    1/3 singlespeeders and you say that's a large percent?? Up here it's rare to see gearies.

    Other than that, who knows.

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    very, very rare to spot an SS'er around these parts.

    makes me feel hardcore, i hope that there isn't more converts...
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    I started riding SS in the mid '90's and never saw another singlespeed in the woods around here (northern NJ) until 3 or 4 years ago. In the last two years they've become very common. 29ers are a common sight only within the past year in this area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cazloco
    What's to sell a SSer? Caz
    Beer. You need to hang around the pub more.
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    In montana, there are some single speeders. mostly a small group that sticks together. as far as 29er goes. i have to order stuff online instead of buying it in local shops. they all say 29er is a fad. they all tell me they can order in anything i want, but if i want something, i want it. if i'm going to order it in, i'll buy it online, since it is cheaper. i like buying local but no local shops are carrying anything right now. But i do agree with cutthroat, go to the pub, not a fancy bar, a pub and you will find enough poor guys who only ride single speed. no insults to people on this site, but the single speeders i ride with and know are poor dirt bags who love to ride.

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    SS`ers are Here

    Lots of ss`ers in Pisgah...
    But i only see a couple Fixed Gear riders...1Gear/1Brake/No Coasting..yipee...

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