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    Why?

    New to the sport, just curious why you like singlespeed.
    What are the advantages?

    Cheers,


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    Several reasons:

    1) Everything breaks on my bikes. A singlespeed has less parts so I don't need to replace as many parts per year.
    2) Shifters are stoopid. I don't like any of the current offerings from either company.
    3) Because I can. I can't balance using any of those super small 22x30+ 'climbing gears' anyways.
    4) I am a stubborn, habit bound, anti-community, retro-grouch and until the world falls to pieces I will delude myself that a singlespeed is low tech and maintenance free.
    Well, it was a good try.

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    simply put

    Quote Originally Posted by smiley
    New to the sport, just curious why you like singlespeed.
    What are the advantages?

    Cheers,

    The simplicity is that, simple. it's 50/50 with advantages. You can smoke gearies up descent hills, but you can't go too fast on downhills because you'll outspin.

    When it comes to bike maintenance, at times is like "what maintenance?"

    AND IT IS A LOT OF FUN!!!

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    B/c

    1. Less to break
    2. Lighter
    3. U'll spend more time on bike handling skills and less on trying to get in the right gear
    4. If u get dropped u'll have a great excuse
    5. I u do the dropping u'll have awsome bragging rights
    6. U'll get in great shape really really quickly
    7. Great rebel cred w/o having to get anything pierced

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    one word

    fun ...

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    Here's a personal benefit that I have gained.

    Quote Originally Posted by smiley
    New to the sport, just curious why you like singlespeed.
    What are the advantages?

    Cheers,

    There are a number of great reasons to try single speeding. This topic has been discussed many times, but there is one benefit I don't recall being noted.

    I race. When I used gears, it was pretty much a guarantee that I would cramp. I started racing single speed exclusively early last season. I went cramp free the entire year and posted favorable results. My first race this year was one the toughest ones I have ever done (Michaux Maximus in PA). Going into it, I was prepared to cramp. Over 3 hours of racing and I was fine.
    I believe (for me) that racing on the single speed has leveled off my efforts during the event. I race more consistently and effeciently. This has been a tremendous benefit for me. Has anyone else had similar experiences?

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    if...

    Quote Originally Posted by namaSSte
    I do it to look cool - like Ernesto!
    if you want to be like me, then yes, you'll be cool. So pimpin' cool. So high school Varsity Football player cool...

    I am cool enough to kick áss!

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    anyone can go fast DOWNhill

    It's the uphills that separate the men from the boys.

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    true

    Quote Originally Posted by roadiegonebad
    It's the uphills that separate the men from the boys.
    very true.
    I am racing on Sunday at the 1st WORS race. I have decided on riding my cross SS bike (thanks to ENO). Simply put (to keep the topic "Simple"), I have a 34:16 on that machine...I might run the prolonged uphills, but the rest will kick áss!

    Single Speed shoule just be called Simple Speed.

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    I do it for the ladies....

    It's all about pleasin the womens
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    Why?
    Why not?
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    I SS because

    When I ride I feel like a rabid dog. I snarl, foam at the mouth and get an unreal full body destroyer workout. After I have so much testosterone running through my body I have to bang my woman for a few hours. After that I am too tired and too appreciative of the pillow to worry about my problems.

    - Lo

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    why?

    because!


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    ... and if we just ... Single Gear = Many Speeds

    I ride a singlespeed 'cuz I am simple minded and lazy.

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