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There is this rumour going around that singlespeed bikes are easy to ride.

It's wrong.


Singlespeed bikes are Harder To Ride.


Have a very Merry Christmas, everyone.. :)


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My current crop of SS bikes are EASY to ride! It's the elusive FS geared bike that I don't own that is hard to ride, as I don't have it......that is hard, or something like that. I don't want one either, and that was a hard decision, perhaps.....maybe not. Decisions are hard, or easy. ??

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Marrkie said:
Nah, it is easy to ride a singlespeed, just pedal.
I'll go ahead and be the one to tell you...

There's a difference between easy and simple. Riding a single speed is simple. Easy it ain't... (unless you're going flat in just the right gear...)

But it is fun, in a sick, twisted sort of way!
 

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slowrider said:
I never had knee problems until the SS bug bit me but they are hard enough to make me stronger so I ride SS about 1/3 of the time.
I'm the opposite. My knees got much much stronger.

I also really believe ss'ing is easier than riding a geared bike. No one will persuade me otherwise:)
 

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a la choy n' sh¡t

InfXXIV40-60 said:
...live with myself if I gave up singlespeeding.
Same here. it is hard for me to ride SS right now because I feel like I got hit by a truck. Massive cold on xmas eve. ugh.

But to me, SS adds the challenge that was lost by a multi geared/mass produced bike.

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Spookykinkajou said:
I'm the opposite. My knees got much much stronger.

I also really believe ss'ing is easier than riding a geared bike. No one will persuade me otherwise:)
I'm in the same boat, knees are much stronger and hurt less.

How much easier can it get to just pedal?? There are always times that it is more work to pedal, but that is the same on any bike!
 

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Because I ride my SS more often than my geared bike I find that I have lost my endurance to sit and spin.

Out of the saddle on a 32 lbs bike with 6 inch travel on the front and 5 rear the bike wears me out. There is 8 lbs difference between my bikes and when I am tired it feels like allot more. I can tell you that my SS is easier to push uphill.
 

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When ever I ride my SS I always feel good about myself after the ride cause I feel like I have accomplished something that was a personal challenge physically and mentally. And I'm no pro-rider, just a 50 something overweight guy with too many calls on his time and too little time on the bike. My new years resolution is to ride more.

Easy is boring, and you never fail so you don't learn..
Hard is fun and builds character.

Merry Christmas SSers!
 

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Sure, on some trails where you need an even *smaller* gear, riding a single-speed is harder...

...but, I would encourage any novice MTB'r to ride a single-speed. Why? You don't lose concentration worrying about if you're in the correct gear, or trying to remember to change gears for the next obstacle. If you're on a single-speed, you just ride it. Full concentration on the obstacle/terrain, you learn how to approach obstacles better, and overall, you develop your skills a lot quicker.
 

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VegasSingleSpeed said:
Sure, on some trails where you need an even *smaller* gear, riding a single-speed is harder...

...but, I would encourage any novice MTB'r to ride a single-speed. Why? You don't lose concentration worrying about if you're in the correct gear, or trying to remember to change gears for the next obstacle. If you're on a single-speed, you just ride it. Full concentration on the obstacle/terrain, you learn how to approach obstacles better, and overall, you develop your skills a lot quicker.
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Agreed. Just ride...nothing to mess with....just ride! "Sadistic Simplicity"

VegasSingleSpeed said:
Sure, on some trails where you need an even *smaller* gear, riding a single-speed is harder...

...but, I would encourage any novice MTB'r to ride a single-speed. Why? You don't lose concentration worrying about if you're in the correct gear, or trying to remember to change gears for the next obstacle. If you're on a single-speed, you just ride it. Full concentration on the obstacle/terrain, you learn how to approach obstacles better, and overall, you develop your skills a lot quicker.
 

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It's harder than riding a mult-geared bike at first, but then it gets easier after the body adjusts and get stronger. I too feel the big weight difference after riding mostly SS for a spell then jumping back on the multi-geared bike (especially the FS one). That said, a SS'er generally still has to work harder in certain sections of a trail that a geared rider: rocky uphills, extended climbs. Putting in the extra effort required throughout a ride, generally makes the end of the rider harder for a SS'er. Can't sit and spin...
 

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has this been resolved??
i mean i recently read ss is dead, now it's harder. i need a new line of work.

i suppose 'hard' is a relative term. I find acts of a physical nature easier than those requiring mental capacity...say above normal bodily functions...the point is geared is harder for me.

i try to pedal, it makes noise, too easy, too hard, creaking, cracking, dials and levers. nope.

like many others my crappy knees are much better thanks to my one speed.


happy new year. mine started at noon...hic.
 
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