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Old 07-26-2013, 10:29 PM   #3031
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Old 07-27-2013, 03:17 AM   #3032
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Single speed is not something most people like, but it really works for me, it puts you in a zen mode, and keep everything sinmple and stupid :-)

I really like to climb the mountains, all year round, and we had enormous problems with deraileurs freezing at -20 celsius, and seizing i mud and piles of crap that we ride through, so I got stuck frequently in one gear for the half of the climb, and it used to repeat it self over and over. I tried with normal Deore, XTR and X7 and X0 groupsets over the years but it all gets clogged up and stop to work on extreeme temperatures so the only solution was to put a single speed on. I experimented with couple of setups and I found that a Sram ( Truvativ ) Stylo factory singlespeed drive is virtually indestructable and can ride all day long. For mud and snow I ride 32 front, 18 back, and for a road and travels I ride 44 front and 16 back. I can manage 15% climbs with this setup, which is more than enough, because in most of the Europe, maximial angle of the paved roads is up to 10%

I think pictures say more than words :-)



Snow everywhere







My trusty old Norco before it singlespeed days :-)





This is a rear road that has a 13% climb, and it takes a LOT of stamina and even more energy bars to climb up to this sucker, but on a SS bike you allways have 3 gears, sitting down, standing up and walking, so there is no real problem :-)



Cheers folks, this is a very interesting thread
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:29 AM   #3033
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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.

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Old 07-27-2013, 08:32 AM   #3034
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Your whole mentality changes when on a single speed and you would be amazed what you can climb. It is not for everyone, but it is fun to have a single speed in the stable.
My Father was a keen clubman (cyclist) in the 30s in a hilly part of the SW UK and did it all on a 2 speed Dawes.
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:58 PM   #3035
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Single speed is not something most people like, but it really works for me, it puts you in a zen mode, and keep everything sinmple and stupid :-)

I really like to climb the mountains, all year round, and we had enormous problems with deraileurs freezing at -20 celsius, and seizing i mud and piles of crap that we ride through, so I got stuck frequently in one gear for the half of the climb, and it used to repeat it self over and over. I tried with normal Deore, XTR and X7 and X0 groupsets over the years but it all gets clogged up and stop to work on extreeme temperatures so the only solution was to put a single speed on. I experimented with couple of setups and I found that a Sram ( Truvativ ) Stylo factory singlespeed drive is virtually indestructable and can ride all day long. For mud and snow I ride 32 front, 18 back, and for a road and travels I ride 44 front and 16 back. I can manage 15% climbs with this setup, which is more than enough, because in most of the Europe, maximial angle of the paved roads is up to 10%

I think pictures say more than words :-)
Single speed obviously works for you and if that's what you like that's great, but wouldn't something like a Rohloff give you gears and still work in those conditions just fine? Just curious more than anything...


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Old 07-27-2013, 04:16 PM   #3036
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If anyone sees someone riding a shiny red and white 2012 21" Trek Cobia in the Sarasota area feel free to pull them over and beat the shit out of them.
Stopped for a late lunch at a busy marina (Marina Jacks) and at some point between 3:30 and 4:30 someone cut the cable lock on my Yakima hitch rack and stole it (leaving my wife's Specialized bike behind).
No pics but has ergon grips and a rear kickstand. Serial WTU307C2022H (a man can hope).
Yes I know cable locks suck but obviously incorrectly thought it was ok for where we were..... So much for thinking.
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Old 07-27-2013, 07:28 PM   #3037
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Really sorry to hear this

Make sure you report the serial number to the police. Around here they ask us to register our serial numbers because when they bust a bike-theft-ring they end up finding a bunch of bikes but have no way to know who owns them.

Fingers crossed it turns up!
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Old 07-27-2013, 07:37 PM   #3038
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If anyone sees someone riding a shiny red and white 2012 21" Trek Cobia in the Sarasota area feel free to pull them over and beat the shit out of them.
Stopped for a late lunch at a busy marina (Marina Jacks) and at some point between 3:30 and 4:30 someone cut the cable lock on my Yakima hitch rack and stole it (leaving my wife's Specialized bike behind).
No pics but has ergon grips and a rear kickstand. Serial WTU307C2022H (a man can hope).
Yes I know cable locks suck but obviously incorrectly thought it was ok for where we were..... So much for thinking.
That fuckin' sucks! Like horse thieves of olde, we should summarily execute bicycle, motorcycle and vehicle thieves.

Did it look like this?

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Old 07-28-2013, 03:07 AM   #3039
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:12 AM   #3040
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I couldn't find the receipt but luckily my bike shop was able to pull it up and email it to me so I had the serial number for the police report.
Yes, that's exactly how it looks, thanks.
I'll talk to my insurance agent Monday to see if this can go under my homeowners or auto policy without causing issues....
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:01 AM   #3041
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:06 AM   #3042
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Nice collection Theo!
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:27 AM   #3043
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It's what happens when you've been working/associating with your local bike shops.. for decades... wherever you live.. will work for parts..
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:40 AM   #3044
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Old 07-28-2013, 04:37 PM   #3045
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