Those are the only "real" advantages.Coolpick87 said:I keep how great they are, and there is one for sale here in town(on craigslist). But whats so great about them? I know that you dont have to mess with derailleurs, and I'm sure they are lighter. But what are some other advantages?
There a lot harder to pedal that a geared bike, which will make you literally a stronger rider. You learn to keep speed up hills. I road SS for a few months and then decided it was not for me, mostly because I was not physically able to stand and pedal up hill for extended periods of time. If you ride lots of small rolling hills/flats a SS bike is all your need.JPark said:Those are the only "real" advantages.
32/16, where you live? 32/18 is the standard up in Park City where I ride, though it still beats me down pretty hard.SuperJETT said:BTW, I had 32/16 gearing on it which is pretty common, just didn't work for my non-biker legs. (I'm strong, just not in biking)
One that comes to mind is a section where the trail goes from the mid elevation of the trail down into a ravine then heads steeply uphill next to a stairway. The start of the downhill is the mid elevation of the uphill so you can't get enough momentum to make it to the top and you can't carry speed into it, so you need to grind out the last bit of the trail. I've never been able to do it on a geared bike I'm either in too high a gear or spin out and completely loose momentum, but on the SS I know exactly when the momentum is slow enough that I can get on the pedals and fight it out to the top. Your experiences may vary, but this is one hill I have never cleaned on a geared bike but can clean 90% of the time on the SS. Of course there's plenty of stuff I can't climb on the SS because I'm too weak.BunnV said:Details please....
Hah-- You'd be getting more of a workout from spinning all those extra gears and carrying all that extra massnachomc said:People argue that you can get the same fitness benefits from riding a geared bike in one gear all day, which I suppose is true.
What gearing are you riding now? I started with 32/19 but went to 32/17 recently. I've been liking it quite a bit. Contrary to my expectations, the climbs are actually easier with this gearing![email protected] said:I had an a-ha! moment on my last Rigid SS ride (7th ride total). I was pedalling through a flat/slightly dH section of small rollers that I had been through many times on my FS geared bike. I will call these "whoops" from now on ... instead of rollers. It gave me a glimpse of what BMX must be like.
By the way, I noticed you are in Sacramento. I am hoping to visit a friend in Marin this year. He just got into MTBing, and I haven't seen him in 20 years. Its a perfect opportunity to finally ride Marin. Maybe a day in Sacramento could be arranged so I could say I rode therenachomc said: