Originally Posted by VTvfr
I've seen quite a few in the area, but figured they were just commuters running primarily flats... somewhere, or hipsters trying to be trendy
What numbers are you running here in Pgh for the single speed?
A large percentage are probably hipsters but there are a lot of serious riders doing the single speed thing.
My single speed mountain bike is geared 38-21. It might seem a big high but it forces you to ride faster and carry more momentum. I end up walking a hill now and again but I can make most stuff. It helps that the bike is around 21 pounds. A lot of people dismiss single speed because they try it out by building a crappy old bike and they don't like it. Try a decent bike before you dismiss it.
I just picked up a urban cruiser, I can't remember the gearing on there, maybe 38-16. I have not had it out yet because it needs some front brake work.