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Does anyone else >>singlespeed road !?- Matrix -
Jun 1, 2001 4:12 PM
I have a new 99 LeMond Zurich/& fork, with Richey aero wheels using a 40-15 gearing ...I spin nice at 18 mph & bog down on the seat about 9 mph & top out at 24....i tell you it's pretty hard on those hills-but fun too!! I can't afford ""-STI-"" & can't seem to find a simple cable stop either{comes with STI}:or 8 speed downtube shifters{nashbar has em} locally=NOT !
I laugh when being told=: what ! downtube shifters- they don't make em anymore{=bullshi-t} you have to get 9 or 10 speed STI.......
Get lost i say to that!
SO does anyone else singlespeed - or did everyone get on the BANDWAGON as "they" say??
**I think time trial bikes can do great singlespeed !! U think?-I guess if your a cadence freak,no....
re: Does anyone else >>singlespeed road !?LC
Jun 1, 2001 6:18 PM
You must live in the flat lands. There were a few around here, but they had to go to the hospital for knee surgery.
re: Does anyone else >>singlespeed road !?Matrix
Jun 1, 2001 8:49 PM
nope..Smoky Mountains..Tennessee....I agree gears are cool,just wondering who else does it.& i don't buy- that they are in the hospital for knee surgery..I've been sspeeding mountainbikes for 2 years & feel better than ever >besides DH racing injuries made me quit off-roading for a LONG poor ankles.....
I weigh 185- 6'2"& my legs are going to be like Marty Nothsteins because i push a big gear-- unlike long distance skinnier riders !.!
Then buy a DH bike & win a National.........NOT
That's B.S.!messenger
Jun 3, 2001 1:51 PM
There are bike messengers that have been riding the hills of S.F. for years on track bikes with no brakes for 10 hours a day, seven days a week...i don't know any one with a knee problem...not saying that we're invincible, but us messengers are more likely to end up in the hospital from flipping over a cab than from hurting our knees ridin' our bikes. you roadies can
be such wimps sometimes!
single speed on my commuterlikesbikes
Jun 1, 2001 7:08 PM
I have a single on my commuter and love it. I run a 44 up front and a 12X34 xtr 9speed in the rear. The casset fit right on my 105 8spd hub and the xtr derailer works beautifully with my sti shifter.

This gives me a nice top end, though I do run out if the grade points down, and a lower hill climber than my other road bike has with a 53/39 13/25 gearing combo.

So I can happily say that I lost a nice chunk of weight from my bike and did not really sacrifice much by doing so. Save for the closeness of gearing that a typical road casset provides, this bike rides as well as any other road bike...I am very happy.
single speed on my commuterJohnG
Jun 2, 2001 9:11 AM
Not trying to sound too negative but this sounds like this is a 9 speed.
Jun 1, 2001 9:36 PM
If you like your singlespeed, then make the full committment and go fixed gear. Having put about 1k miles on my fixie this winter, it was cool to go back to multiple gears (a whopping 14 in my case), but I'm really looking forward to the first cool winter morning when I go back to the fixie. Single speed is great, but coasting is bad for you (in the words of the great Mr. Brown).
FixieTommy B
Jun 5, 2001 3:20 PM
Hey! I'm a "Tommy B" too and I'm building a fixie right now! Too strange! You're not in Boston too by chance, are you? How is your fixed gear set up? (frame/parts/gearing?)
Single for sure.JasonF
Jun 3, 2001 6:40 PM
I ride a Cannondale Cadd 4 Road frame set up as a single speed. I Run a single-a-tor (by SURLY) on the rear with a set of Helium wheels. I use ultegra Cranks,Brakes,BB,Dura ace Aero Non sti levers with a 42 x 16 setup. The 16 is a shimano BMX cog with no shift ramps. The chainline is super straight. I use a bunch of cassete spacers to fill up the space behind the cog and a 11t with a hypergllide lock ring to hold it together. It is super light and it is a blast to ride. Eveyone always wants to ride iT!

NO ders, no shifters no problem!
re: Does anyone else >>singlespeed road !?Blake
Jun 5, 2001 4:12 PM
Hooray for fixed gear!

I have recently started riding fixed after a love at first ride experience from a couple years ago. I ride a benotto frame, bianchi fork, 36 hole miche hubs bought from harris cyclery through mail order and MA3 hubs. I just put a brake up front because I dont know how to skid yet, but it sure does kick arse. I rode it brakeless for a while. Oh, and I have bullhorn bars on it, with bianchi celeste tape to match the fork that does not match the blue frame. 52x18, previously 42x15