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Anyone ride single speed on group rides?(11 posts)

Anyone ride single speed on group rides?Mariowannabe
Aug 25, 2003 10:57 AM
I have a Bianchi Pista w/ front brake. I'm thinking of flipping the wheel where I have an 18t freewheel. The local Tuesday night rides are getting shorter due to the shorter days, probably 35 miles. On Tuesdays its a moderate pace with moderate hills. Average pace 18mph.

I think the pace, hills, drafting, etc. on a single speed would make the (boring) Tuesday eve ride fun. (I'm a pretty strong rider/Cat 5.)

I know I'd have to be extra careful due to only one brake. Am I nuts?
I've done it and lived to talk about itstratoshark
Aug 25, 2003 12:45 PM
But I have 2 brakes. It's your call, you know what the pace will be , and it sounds like you know the other riders, so I sense you have trust in the group. I'm heavier than average for a cyclist, so my instinct is to go with 2 brakes always. YMMV.
I've ridden my Pista on group rides - fixed gear...PdxMark
Aug 25, 2003 12:48 PM
It went pretty well... The pace felt good. One silly consequence. We were slowing to take a cut-off around a tunnel. The guy behind me, a Cat 5 racer I think (so he should know better), plowed into me. He obviously wasn't paying attention, but I think that the absence of coasting help lull him into complacency about the group slowing.
I've ridden my Pista on group rides - fixed gear...Trevo
Aug 25, 2003 1:52 PM
Riding singlespeed in a group is awsome! My first ride in Wisconsin was with a group of older guys. Well older then me by far, I'd say I had 20 years on even the youngest person. Anyway, I made my point that one speed is all you need even on the upshills, ONe in particular was about 2miles of steady up hill. I passed everone with 42x16 gearing. I was just hell bent on the idea that if i lowered my cadence, I was done for.
The best part about it was when this guy see's me passing him and yells " ONe gear! Are you some kind of animal?"
And as the seasoned roadys on there expensive italian bikes clicked away on the long up-hill, I glided gracefully huffing and puffing my way up this hill.

It was awsome.

Huff & puff is right! nmPdxMark
Aug 25, 2003 2:53 PM
Probably shouldn't SS a group ride without a front brake.MB1
Aug 25, 2003 4:25 PM
The deal with group rides is that everyone should look out for each others safety. SS without a front brake is pretty sketchy to begin with-in a group it is worse.

I know that if someone showed up on one of the rides I lead on a SS without 2 brakes I'd ask them to ride a ways off the back. If they insisted on riding in the group anyway
we would likely just bag the ride for the day.

Your best bet is probably to talk to the ride leaders and see how they feel about it. If they are experienced SS or fixed riders I expect they wouldn't want you to do it in their group. Geared riders may not know any better.
re: Anyone ride single speed on group rides?xxl
Aug 27, 2003 7:03 AM
Single speed, yes; fixed, no. Not unless I was really, really, confident in the riding abilities for the rest of the group, and they in mine. Pack riding a fixte can be a real adventure for those not used to it.
re: Anyone ride single speed on group rides?MShaw
Aug 27, 2003 9:16 AM
There's a few people in San Diego that ride group rides on their fixies. I'm not so sure that its the smartest thing to do, but they've gotten away with it so far.

My personal opinion is that SS is a better bet for group riding. Most of the benefits without the big drawback of not being able to coast.

Rainy day - I was the only one who showed...Mariowannabe
Aug 27, 2003 7:48 AM
... I'll try again next week!!!
fixed and ssJS Haiku Shop
Aug 28, 2003 6:13 AM
i've done both--fixed and ss--on group rides. cornering in a pack, riding fixed, is an experience not for those with a weak constitution.

our winter/base mileage rides are typically pretty loose groups, so riding is more like pack and less like paceline. usually i'm either on the front or in the back, so it doesn't make that much difference. last year, at one point, both geared bikes were down for maintenance, and i was "forced" to ride fixed with the geared pack for ~75 miles. they scoffed at the start, and drafted for the last half.

i'm one to keep the group together, keep the effort steady sacrificing pace if necessary, and work to see that we all make it back to the car at the same time; however, when riding fixed, i do enjoy hearing the shifting start and the talking stop behind me when i'm pulling the group uphill.

as stated previously, it's a matter of getting up the hills while staying atop the gear, not getting bogged-down grinding 30 rpm.

and i would not do it without 2 brakes.
All the time.........Dave Hickey
Aug 29, 2003 3:21 AM
I've used my SS for group and charity rides. The only problem I've had is downhill. I can't go as fast on downhill. Uphill I usually pass people.......