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Okay, so foolishly I'm thinking of a new SSer. I've been out of the 'scene' (okay okay, I was never in it - not enough tattoos on the elbows) but now I'm thinking a new one would be a nice addition to the stable.

I reckon what I really need is a redux of a bike I had 7 years ago (see attached photo. Names hidden to protect the not so innocent). Yeah, I know it's not an SS in this pic, but this is just the way I had it built up at the time I took the photo.

Not an mtb, not a cross bike, not a 29er, not a track bike.....but........something.

I reckon it would go offroad maybe 30% of it's life, but it needs to be versatile.

What's your do-it-all utility singlespeed look like? If you're a 'longing for the country urban fool', and could have any bike for the task, what would it be?
 

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Thylacine[I said:
]now I'm thinking a new one would be a nice addition to the stable.[/I]

Hi Warrick,Good old N+1

I reckon what I really need is a redux of a bike I had 7 years ago
You know I havent seen that one since I was last at the place where that pic was taken.

Not an mtb, not a cross bike, not a 29er, not a track bike.....but........something.

I have a '99 C-dale Cross bike that now sports a carbon fork , Moustache bars (thanks Big Orange!) and is SS with an Eno hub, even though I have N+1 disease, I always seems to come back to it. Tandem, DH dually, jump/trials, road, 29er, fixie, retro durace roadie....... you know me.

When I finally get around to a custom bike, I guess it'd be steel and 700c. Other than that I could not say, nor would I want to decide.

Utility is the title for me.

Hell, off the record, I have to confess that the bike most ridden at the moment is a rescued from the bin giant hybrid complete with cane basket. singled and sporting a Mary type bar. Runs a bling drive train but looks ultra shabby, and does time in all weather and during pub crawls - even a 120km winery tour.

Ray
 

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"N+1" - I like it!

Yeah but you always were a big Nanna Raymondo!

Speaking of Nanna, I'm even looking at 650b as a wheelsize for this bike.

Next I'll be pulling my socks up to my knees ;)
 

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Huh?

Thylacine said:
Okay, so foolishly I'm thinking of a new SSer. I've been out of the 'scene' (okay okay, I was never in it - not enough tattoos on the elbows) but now I'm thinking a new one would be a nice addition to the stable.

I reckon what I really need is a redux of a bike I had 7 years ago (see attached photo. Names hidden to protect the not so innocent). Yeah, I know it's not an SS in this pic, but this is just the way I had it built up at the time I took the photo.

Not an mtb, not a cross bike, not a 29er, not a track bike.....but........something.

I reckon it would go offroad maybe 30% of it's life, but it needs to be versatile.

What's your do-it-all utility singlespeed look like? If you're a 'longing for the country urban fool', and could have any bike for the task, what would it be?
Not really sure what your getting at here. Sounds like you are wishing you had your old Orange cross bike back so you could convert it to a SS. Am I close? Perhaps I need a better definition of a utility bike. I have an old Jamis crusier that has a big basket in front that is great for runs to Trader Joes and such. I have a geared Barracuda that I ride if my wife is riding the Jamis. I also have a fixie that I ride to work everyday. Other than that I have a buch more SS bikes that I only use for non-utiliarian rides, i.e fun/training rides to put in some miles and have fun. The point being I don't take any of my SS bikes to the store or library in fear they will be stolen. Welcome to Santa Cruz.

1G1G, Brad
 

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Utility Bike? Here's Utility for you

My single speed utility Bike, perfect for shopping and picnicking. Handles reasonably well even while loaded with a full cooler of beer and vittles. Have done a little off roading on it, but the wheelbase is a bit long so switchbacks are problematic
 

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I'd Say a 29er single speed or dingle speed (one gear set up for dirt, one for pavement) would be a great way to go. Maybe build it up for yourself with a bottom bracket that would work well for both duties (11.75" or so).
 

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My utility bikes are a hybrid I built with an SA three speed hub and wheelset mated to a Raleigh road frame and an '87 Kuwahara that was an SS but now runs a 2 by 4 drive as it will need to do some serious towing that a single gear won't handle.

They handle the bulk of my commuting, shopping, and errands and are still really fun bikes to take out on the road and trail.
 

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My utilitarian ss

First bike is cheaply built with $40 Nashbar steel frame. Most ride in winter w/ studded tires. Anything from trail riding to going out for spin with the dog. Not much ride time since this spring; I am back to riding my geared susser while trails are prime and fast.

Second bike is my Chameleon built as a dual speed w/ Paul Melvin. Another great utility bike!
 

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Ex SS

my original Curtlo singlespeed that graced this forum years ago (and caused much relationship distress) has been converted to a 1x7 xtracycle hauler. And I couldn't be happier. A run to the local farmers market this morning netted fruits, veggies and a bundle of flowers for the table.

It also makes good transport for getting other bikes to the LBS ;)

<img src="https://gallery.mtbr.com/data/mtbr/500/xs1.jpg"ALT=xtracurtlo>
 

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I love the old Hardrock... I met a chap who was riding a nearly mint version one day and had no idea what kind of deal he had scored for $40.00.
 

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I found the frame in a dumpster after a park cleanup day. QUOTE]

That's a great find. I've been looking at the Thrift Store and random yard sales with no such luck (so far). Nice ride.
 

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I'm thinking about getting a surly crosscheck. Its offered as a complete now. The surly site does a great job of explaining it, check it out. If you don't mind having a somewhat "popular" bike its definitely worth a glance. I know the name implies cyclocross bike, but I'm looking at it for a touring bike.
 

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nbrennan said:
I'm thinking about getting a surly crosscheck. Its offered as a complete now. The surly site does a great job of explaining it, check it out. If you don't mind having a somewhat "popular" bike its definitely worth a glance. I know the name implies cyclocross bike, but I'm looking at it for a touring bike.
second the surly cross check. remove the stickers if you want to look like you have a custom.

nice orange sycip.
 

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Another vote for the Surly Crosscheck. Since this pic I swapped out the 40 mm slicks for 35 mm cross tires and ditched the rear brake. This is my commuter, town bike, touring bike, off-road, on-road, fixed gear, singlespeed.... You get the idea. Basically everywhere I'm not riding my mountain bike, I am riding this bike.

 
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