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SING-lespeed-ING in the RAIN(3 posts)

SING-lespeed-ING in the RAINp chop
Jun 5, 2002 4:23 PM
Today it rained, lightninged, thunder helped pound me up the one real hill of my 30 mile short-route. Green and wet, and smiling.

Oh but I did try this one other hill with a super-steep section and couldn't hack it at 45-21, had to put a foot down and serpentine up the rest of it after straining in place. It was a re-affirmation of parental gravity to a child forgetting his limits.

My *ss is still in the clouds over this SS thing. The interval workout of spinning and mashing is awesome. Did it on the Frogs today, after using no-clip-no-strap pedals last time -- and actually couldn't spin quite as well. Too loose. I think i might stick the old power grips back on for next time. Tomorrow, though, the geary's goin out before it gets mad and runs away.

MAybe to avoid confusion I should be saying cruiser? It's not a fixie. Though I think a fixie could be next.
Jun 5, 2002 8:52 PM
I was hooked on my first fixed ride.I have ridden my fixie way more than my"good"road bike.It is simply more fun to ride.I'm now setting up a SS tourer.
You may find a little more love over here.
re: SING-lespeed-ING in the RAINAndy M-S
Jun 6, 2002 8:19 AM
I ride my SS (not fixed) road bike whenever it looks like rain. With its 42/19 gearing it can handle anything on my commute (and beyond) and with fenders, it stays nice and dry.

I get wet, though!

If I had to have just one bike, forever, it woould likely be a singlespeed. No derailers to get caked with mud or guck, a nice clean chainline for quiet, efficient power transfer.

Wow. I'm going to have to go ride it even though it's sunny outside!