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How many of you only singlespeed?

Is it worth it?

What makes you choose to singlespeed, and not have a geared bike?

Just curious
 

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I only ride a singlespeed.

It is one of the most worthwhile things I've ever done in my fifty years on this planet.

I own bikes with gears, just haven't ridden them in years. I choose to singlespeed for all the standard reasons: simplicity, ease of maintenance, challenge, fitness, noiselessness. But now, I mostly just think of it as my bike.
 

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As above

I agree with the above wholeheartedly.
I too have a geared MTB but it hasnt been touched all year and only went out once last year. I should sell it really.
My 1x1 is my most fun bike in many years, and before that my converted SS'ers seen more miles in SS guise than when geared I think. It also makes me want to ride :thumbsup:
I even had it out on the weekend with my 13 month old in his new trailer. It must have been quiet as he was asleep after 1/2 an hour ;)
Jamie
 

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I also only single speed. Agree with what is said above, plus check my sig. :)
 

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I only ride rigid SS as well. Best decision you will make. when I do get on a HT( I have a Vanilla RLC collecting dust as a piece of floor art) I ride better because I pick my lines like a champ.
 

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I like not thinking and just pedaling. I also enjoy the lack of extra levers and moving bits to keep my bike Simple.

I've got a geared bike but haven't touched it since I built my SS up. I think about selling my geared bicycle regularly.
 

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Just checked the bike computers on my single speed and my geared bike.
SS - 1042 miles this year
Geared bike - 9.8 miles since last fall

A lot of the reason has to do with why I ride. I ride to clear my head and challenge myself. The SS is better for both.
 

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Only one bike, my SS.. while at it, I follow Master Yoda's philosophy: "Try not, do" ... so, when other riders look at my SS and say don't try to ride this or that trail due to not having gears or suspension, I just do it. Prove them wrong, because one is enough.
 

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Was switching back and forth about 3 years ago. Broke 3 derailleurs on 3 rides. Ditched the gears and haven't looked back. Won an 8 hour race this fall on SS. Loving the beer drinking, bad attitude fart smelling lifestyle!
I also shave my legs......:eek:
 

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Just ride SS, needed my geared bike for my girlfriend. now that she has her own, i still haven't set up the geared bike for myself. I've only ridden the geared bike once since having a SS and that was to make sure I installed the new crank set properly and to get it adjusted.

as an aside, i ride mostly flat (rolling hills and technical single track) with little elevation change and never more than a few minutes of sustained climbing. When i get an opportunity to ride something with elevation change I'll be back on gears... maybe.
 

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I have taken the dark journey this year, to having two SS mtbs (26 and 29). And now my CrossCheck is 2x1, because I don't want to take off the double chainring up front!
Sold my FS AM bike too!!

I just got sick of trying to keep the "perfect" cadence. When you SS you adapt to the terrain, not the bike. (I think that makes sense.)
 
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