A single-speed bicycle is a type of bicycle with a single gear ratio. These bicycles are without derailleur gears, hub gearing or other methods for varying the gear ratio of the bicycle.

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Single Speed vs Multi Speed

When coasting (not pedaling) downhill, do single speed bikes tend to be faster than multi speed bikes? Assume that both types are road bikes with similar frame, tires, etc.
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ideal chain replacement for Redline monocog 29er

I have a Redline Monocog 29er and I'm replacing the drive train. The bike's purpose is to be abused off-road. For the new chain, I'm debating between the SRAM PC-1 Single-Speed Chain ($6.39) and ...
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Better to go with a longer spindle length bottom bracket or shorter?

I have a 1987 Panasonic dx1000 that I am converting to a single speed. I was planning on replacing the bottom bracket. To get the measurements I measured the tube to be 70mm (2 3/4") and the spindle ...
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Combining a Dynamo hub with a single speed geared hub setup

In theory, can you build a dynamo hub, say a SON, with a fixie/single speed gear, all mounted in the same hub and wheel? I will be building a touring rig with an extra wheel trailer and I would like ...
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Are there any major drawbacks to using a track frame as a frame for a fixed-gear or single-speed commuter?

I follow a few communities which have a lot of fixie and single-speed riders. Most of the riding discussed is commuting around the city, and often, riders will show off their new bikes, upgraded ...
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Single speed dirt jump specific frame for general riding

I am in the market for a new bike and come from a background of mainly cross country (XC) / all mountain (AM) type riding but have ridden BMX also in the past. I'm not averse to standing up and only ...
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What's the proper technique for starting uphill?

I am a beginner cyclist, having not learned how ride a bike as a kid, I've started riding from scratch 3 months ago. Local "bike buddies" have helped a lot. I'd like to ride my bike to work, which is ...
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I need help on Buying a Bicycle [closed]

I want to buy a bicycle for losing weight. I need a single speed one, though my budget is Narrow (like too narrow). Please help me what type of bike should I buy.
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Blue tyres for single speed [closed]

I need to change the tyres (700 x 25) of my single speed and I am looking for some good quality tyres, preferably blue. Do you have any suggestion on what could be a good match, or where to look? ...
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Fixie vs Road Bike - the right fixie bike for bunch rides

At our local bunch rides, we're seeing more and more guys out on fixies and they are going at a phenomenal pace. We have a local segment called the "Chicken Run" (and it's flat) and this one guy in an ...
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2 speed quad sprocket bike… do these exist? If not, why not? [closed]

I was wondering if they make a 2 speed bike with a design having 2 front sprockets (one on each side of the bottom bracket) and 2 rear sprockets such that there is some mechanism that can switch ...
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Quick-release chain tug?

Note: this question is about a QR chain tug, not a chain tug for a QR skewer. Just so we're clear. My Google-fu must be weak after too much indulgence over the holidays, or maybe it just plain don't ...
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How to select cog for emergency single speed conversion with a broken derailleur

I broke the rear derailleur on my surly karate monkey recently. I had the bike setup 2x9. I decided to try and get home by converting to single speed via trail side repair (made easier by the ...
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triple chainring with with single speed freewheel

I have a Hero Sprint Axis (with 18T freewheel).I ride mostly on flat roads, but want more top speed and a lower gear for starting from standstill. Is it possible to just install a triple chainring ...
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Brand new single speed bike has a skip in the free wheel motion or make a click noise once every rotation of the tire

Just put together a brand new single speed fixie style bike. There is a skipping or catch motion when the bike is upside down (on the seat and handle bars) and I'm pedalling the crank and then stop ...
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Gears on a singlespeed frame

I'm building a new bike and have ridden a frame which feels (and looks) amazing. I'm dead set on buying it but it's a single speed frame. Ideally I would like gears at the rear. It has a dropout which ...
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Measuring a fixie/single speed bike

Do fixie bikes measure like classic road bikes? i.e: https://www.ebicycles.com/bicycle-tools/measure-frame/road-bike/classic Or only up to the top tube? (without the part of the seat tube that's ...
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Grinding on a new “Old Fashoined” bike

I have an "Old Fashioned" Looking new bike, a cruiser with a single gear. It pedals very smooth, but when I stop pedaling, I hear what can best be described as a grinding sound. When I pedal again, ...
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Mercier road bike - biggest tire/wheel possible on frame

I have a fixed-gear/single-speed (Mercier Kilo TT; http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/mercier/kilott.htm#specs; http://www.cyclesmercier.com/geometry_tt.html) road bike with 700Cx23 tires; I'm ...
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8 speed free wheel with single speed crankset

I would like to change my bike setup. I have a 8 speed freewheel and a 3 chainrings crankset and I would like to add a single speed crankset in front (around 50 teeth) because I am not using my front ...
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Finding a single speed kit for an old campagnolo from 1997 with screw on freehub

I have an old Campagnolo from 1997 that I want to turn into an single speed. My problem is finding a kit that will fit the freehub. The outer diameter of this freehub including teeth is 34 mm, but ...
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Is it worth completely replacing my track wheelset?

I own and commute on a 2009 KHS Flite100, bought used. Since purchasing it, I have spent around $250 getting it up to scratch, with new tires, pedals, saddle, and other small but worthwhile upgrades. ...
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Single speed conversion kit

I have an old Battaglin road bike from 1997 that I want to convert to a single speed. My issue is; what conversion kit to buy? The rear hub spline (not sure this is the correct term) has a 4x4 ...
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Is having a disc brake on a single speed bicycle a bad idea?

I talked to a bike shop that sells a lot of fixed/single speed bikes. I asked them if they could sell me a single speed with a disc brake on the front. The guys said no because: It will be hard to ...
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fixie brake lever

I've got a bit of a dilemma with regards to brakes on my fixed wheel bike. Currently I've got both brakes on, as standard road levers on the hoods of the drops, but now I'm running fixed instead of ...
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Is it possible to shorten a chain?

I have the following chain/gear setup: I like to get rid of the rear wheel gears. However I don't want to buy any new parts. That is why I am wondering if I simply can remove all the parts from the ...
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New bike advice - Singlespeed/fixed, mountain, or road

I'm looking at getting a new bike to replace my current hardtail mtb for commuting about 8 miles a day, plus possible train travel, and longer commutes elsewhere. With a budget of under £400, do I ...
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Is it possible to add speeds to single-speed bike?

I found this cool cheap single-speed bike on amazon http://www.amazon.de/Fixie-Singlespeed-Viking-Farben-Auswahl/dp/B00BCKQ8AS/ref=lp_235171011_1_1?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1422793944&sr=1-1 ...
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How to align a chain on a single speed

My bicycle currently has poor chainring/rear sprocket alignment (as in the chain at the front is more than a chain's width from the chain at the rear). I'm wondering what the procedure is to correct ...
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Is there a difference between the durability of the chains with 1/8 and 3/32 inch?

I mean, I have a single-speed bike and have chains width 1/8 inch. The other standard I could use on my bike is 3/32 inch wide. Is there a difference in durability?
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What does chain worn indicators 75% mean?

I've bought a chain wear checker made by BBB, but not sure what the percentage of worn is about? It has 2 sides, one of them indicates that the chain is worn 75% and I should replace it in the near ...
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Road wheel conversion to single speed wheel

I am looking to upgrade the stock wheels on my canondale caad10 rival. It came with a Fulcrum racing set. I was interested in converting this set of wheels for use on my single speed - a surly ...
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Singlespeed chainline adjustment

I have replaced the freewheel on my bicycle with a singlespeed. However, the chain line appears to move inwards from the rear to the front. picture I have measured the rear frame spacing as approx. ...
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How do I fit this pair of chain tensioners on my single speed bike?

I have these chain tensioners: How do I install them correctly on my single speed bike? Do they go on the inside or outside of the frame? My dropouts look something like this: Apologies if the ...
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Trying to build first fixie?

So this is the first fixie bike I would have owned. I am unsure if I want a freewheel one or not so I won't have to constantly pedal. But I was wondering or seeking help for how I could build one by ...
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Do chains on single-speed last longer than those on geared bikes?

I have a Jamis Beatnik (love) and ride on the single-speed side of my hub. I'm wondering - derailleurs seem to me like they might 'stress' the chain (even if only slightly) more than single-speed in ...
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Single speed bike with child seat?

Are single speed bikes considered good bikes to use with child seats? I wasn't sure if the added weight of a four year old would make a single speed too hard to use. Will be using the bike on ...
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White bike components

I would like to simplify the colors on my bike using white on components above the top-tube (saddle, seatpost, stem, cyclocross brake lever, LED lights, grips). I am having a hard time finding a ...
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Where to purchase a simple single-speed? [duplicate]

I would like to purchase a cheap (maybe around 200-300€) and spartanic single-speed racer-like bike. I don't need fancy extras - just wheels, a frame, and brakes (but please no backpadel-brake and ...
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Can I swap down to a different number of teeth on a chainring

I currently have a single speed front chainring setup with 52 teeth. I can't find a suitable replacement for my chainring so I am wondering if it is possible to get a chainring with a different ...
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Adding gears to a single speed Cycle

I have a single speed cycle and i want to have minimum of six gears on it, Is there a cheap and good way so that i can get gears on it?
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Rim Stickers/Decals

I had my usual morning bike ride yesterday. Going home after about 1.5 hours, I noticed that my rim stickers (top part) were half gone because they get caught when I apply my brakes. Question 1: Is ...
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WD40 on Single-Speed Chain [duplicate]

Simple Question: May I use WD40 to lubricate my single-speed chain? Does it not have any negative effects in terms of the chain performance and biking in general?
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Drop Bar for Lespo Frame?

I've been riding my Lespo single-speed since April, and been contemplating whether to change my handles to a drop bar: Any advice if changing to a drop bar will have a dramatic effect on my fitness ...
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Obtaining the optimum chain line

Ok I have a number of variables at play here and I'm trying to obtain the best chain line possible this is on my polo bike so not super important but if there is a way I can do it I'm willing to put ...
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Single speed crank compatibility

I am attempting to build a single speed bike for commuting from various spare parts. I'm unsure of what kind of crankset would be compatible with my frame. I have read from a couple sources that I ...
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Regulations regarding Braking redundancy on single speed bikes.

Recently there have been an increase in the number of fixed gear bikes in my (U.S.) city. Increasingly they tend to have one or zero brake levers, justified by their ability to stop with pedal power ...
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Why is my freewheel slipping?

My freewheel tarted slipping this week. It slips most from a stop with no pressure snapping to significant pressure on the pedals. Slipping may be the wrong term as it really isn't engaging. Once it "...
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What to look for when buying a single gear bike?

I'm looking to buy a single gear bicycle. My experience with bikes is very limited, I haven't owned a bike since I was a kid. I have been mountain biking in the Lake District a few times in the last 3 ...
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Fixed gear conversion - hub spacers

I am converting my 80s steel peugeot to a fixed gear. I have purchased most of the parts an had a wheel built onto a SS hub. Now, SS hubs are narrower than road hubs - 120mm vs 130mm (although I ...