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Best Single speed for winter training. nm.?(7 posts)

Best Single speed for winter training. nm.?trijunior
May 22, 2003 6:07 PM
For me Surly Steamroller Steel is real but carbon fork(nm)abicirider
May 22, 2003 7:00 PM
I use a Bianchi Pista...Mariowannabe
May 22, 2003 7:10 PM
with a 42 x 17. Its a ball buster on the rolling hills in upstate NY where I live. 50 minutes on it and you've got a good work-out. No water bottles, no computer, one brake, one speed. Its great.

My road bike is carbon, so the all steel ride of the Pista is a real treat.

I may switch to a 42 x 18. The 17 is a bit tough on the knees.
How does the steel ride compare to the carbon ride?jtferraro
May 22, 2003 8:08 PM
I know you say it's a treat, but is it just smoother or more vibration damping, or what?

-Jeff
Love my Bianchi Pista (48x16) (nm)SS_MB-7
May 23, 2003 4:54 AM
Does it count if you don't build it from the parts bin?cory
May 23, 2003 8:39 AM
Mine's steel, an old Trek tourer (mid-'80s, Reynolds 531) with the original 34t middle chainring and a 20t BMX freewheel spun on the original hub, with a $1 spacer. I probably don't have $15 of "new" money in it.
I built it a couple of years ago just because I hadn't ridden the bike in a long time and nobody wanted to buy a 25-inch, steel, 10-speed, freewheel-equipped touring Trek. For casual rides, going to the store and pretty much anything under 12 or 15 miles, it's the ride I grab when I head out the door. Switch to cyclocross tires, and I can use it in mud & snow all winter.
me legs seem to think so ;-) nmDougSloan
May 23, 2003 9:06 AM