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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Why ride a single-speed bike?

A question came up recently about why people ride fixed-gear bikes. I think you can't reasonably answer that question without first understanding why people ride single-speed bikes. So, why do they ...
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How do I reduce slack in the chain of a single-speed bicycle?

I have a single speed bicycle that has some slack in the chain and threatens to come off. How can I reduce this slack?
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What is the difference between a “single-speed bike” and a “fixed-gear” bike?

I would have thought that a single gear was the same as a fixed gear, but that does not seem the case. What am I missing? Can a fixed gear bike have more then one gear?
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Looking for Techniques for Riding Uphill on a Single Speed

I commute on a Single Speed (SS) bike about 13mi round trip. Going home is not a problem as the gradients are low and I can climb them. However, going in to work the gradients are much steeper and I ...
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Is having your hands “on the hoods” of drop handlebars safe for braking?

I've never had a bike with drop handlebars, but may get one for commuting in busy London (likely a single-speed with mechanical disc brakes). This would mean riding with my hands mostly on the hoods, ...
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Why are single-speed bikes with disc brakes hard to find?

I've been looking around for bikes (decent frame & components), and find that hybrids do have disc brakes (hydraulic), but are never single-speed. While single-speed bikes typically have ...
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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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Mapping the most gentle route for my single speed

I commute to work on a single-speed road bike, so it's a lot easier if I avoid any steep hills (preferring to cover the same gradient gradually). Taking a look at a map, there are seemingly 3-4 ...
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Should I Oil A Single Speed Chain?

My question is simple. Do I need to oil a chain on a single speed bike?
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How do I change my single-speed to a fixed gear?

I've been biking on single-speed for a few months and would like to play around with a fixed gear. I've heard of a flip-flop hub, but I'm not sure exactly what it is. And without any fellow bikers - ...
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for a single-speed conversion, is it always necesary to change bottom bracket?

I want to convert my old raleigh, which has 3 chainrings on the front, into a single-speed. Do I have to replace the bottom bracket? I keep hearing conflicting things. Thankyou.
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Single speed conversion chain keeps derailing rear cog under load?

The chain on my SS mt bike keeps coming off the rear cog under load (like when I hit a steep hill) it will hold right after it's tightened but after a few hills it starts coming off non-stop. Talked ...
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Can one replace double chainrings with a singlespeed chainring on the original crankset/spider?

I have an 80's Peugeot steel-framed racer that I want to convert to singlespeed/fixed. It has a standard square-taper BB with a double chainring chainset. I can see the chainrings are removable from ...
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Single speed chainline

I have just finished my first fixed gear based on an old Raleigh Rapide frame. But the chain line is off and I hear a crackling/ticking noise when I pedal. The wheels are replace with a gipiemme ...
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Fixed gear: slipping

I have a single speed bike with a flip-flop hub and recently I decided to try out the fixed side. When testing it out in the car-park I was applying backpressure to brake and found sometimes the ...
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What's the easiest way to add gears to my single speed?

I recently bought a single speed - a Charge Plug Racer, and I realise I've made a mistake - too many hills on my commute and I need a smaller gear to help me up the hills. It's pretty hilly in my ...
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How do half link chains perform for long term use?

i was wondering if there is anyone with a Rohloff hub riding half link chains for longer. OK, the hub isn't essential it's just a single speed chain, so experience from anyone who rides more than the ...
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Fixed-gear vs single-speed for clipless pedals

I currently ride a single-speed bike with a flip-flop hub, both for my daily commute and for pleasure/exercise a couple nights a week. I've decided to pick up my first set of clipless pedals and ...
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Why does the chain tension vary as pedals are turned?

I have a new single-speed bike (after purchase this year, it was unused in a garage for a few months), but as I turn the pedals, the tension in the chain varies noticeably. What should I check, ...
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Fixie/Single speed frame information for beginner

I don't want to buy a ready made bike because singlespeed or fixed gear bikes are way expensive due to their popularity. I want to make my own bike, I haven't build a bike from scratch before. I want ...
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What would be the “definitive” formula to calculate chainstay length from sprocket size, chainring size and number of chain links?

Before I started to write this answer, I thoroughly read this question, its answers and comments: How do I calculate the diameter of a chainring from the number of teeth? So, my question tries to ...
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Are there tugnuts made to fit forward facing horizontal dropouts?

Are there tugnuts meant to fit forward facing horizontal dropouts such as those on a Surly Cross Check, All City Space Horse, or Salsa Cassaroll which won't block rack and fender bosses and keep wheel ...
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Are single-speed bikes better equipped to handle cog/chain wear?

I need to decide between a single-speed and multiple-speed bike. I usually ride multiple-speed mountain/city bikes in the highest gear anyway (around town). They're not intended for that, and doing ...
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BMX gearing - for road / commuting

I have a 2010 Haro Pro Race, which I bought for commuting and general tomfoolery. I commute on it 2 miles a day, and I want to be able to go faster by changing the current single-speed gearing ...
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Single Chainset

just wondering if there is much point in having a tripple chainset on my MTB, I very rarely change gear on the crank and I feel like having a single cog would make the bike lighter and also tidier as ...
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Rear wheel sliding/slipping on turns?

When I take turns, my rear wheel is sliding to the outside of the turn. I'm riding a 2012 Norco Heart, brand new stock tires, single-speed. I'm not carrying much weight, or taking turns too tightly. ...
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What rear brake should I get for a Surly Steamroller?

I recently acquired a Surly Steamroller (fixed gear bike). I want to ride is as a single speed for everyday use. I changed out the rear wheel and got one with a flip-flop hub. I'd also like to add a ...
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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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Suggestion on buying a single speed 29er mountain bike

I'm interested in buying a single speed mountain bike for about $400-600. Can anyone recommend me one? I tried buying this http://www.redlinebicycles.com/bikes/mtb/2012-monocog-29er but it is all ...
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Crank arm snapped: what could have caused it?

Recently, on my single-speed bike, the right crank arm just snapped. Was slowly going up a hill, and all of a sudden it broke in two pieces. I have now exchanged the entire crank & chain set ...
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What are early signs of failure in forks/stem/handlebars?

I ride an SE Lager. In the past year, the following components have worn out or broken Front chainring Rear cog Rear freewheel Chain Seat (one of the bars snapped off) Many, many spokes Wheels ...
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Does rebuilding a hub increase efficiency?

I was recently helping a friend build a bike from scratch, and one of the first things he did was to inspect the hub to check that the wheel was rotating smoothly. He was adjusting the cone and lock ...
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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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Are Allen key or Security Key skewers appropriate for bikes with rear facing horizontal dropouts

I have a surly karate monkey set up as a single speed. The frame has rear facing horizontal dropouts (track style). I don't like quick releases due to potential theft when locking up my bike. Are ...
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My LBS does not carry fixed-gear/single-speed parts. What next?

Question Changed. See Below for Original. My local bike shop neither carries fixed-gear/single-speed parts nor is very knowledgable about the topic. Should I find an online storefront to take its ...
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Cannondale Bad Boy SS conversion

I'm interested in converting my Cannondale Bad Boy 2011 into a single speed bike. I found somebody who's done it on a Bad Boy 2008 (there), and somebody else who's done it one a more recent model ...
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Is it ok to use fixed gear threads for a freewheel?

I have a fixed/fixed flip-flop hub and the lockring threads are stripped out on one side. Would I be ok to just thread a single-speed freewheel on that side and use it as a fixed/free hub?
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Price difference between buying a bike in Europe (Austria) vs USA?

I am moving to Vienna, Austria in two weeks. My wife and I want to buy bikes before we leave, but I'm wondering if the hassle of trying to find great bikes on such short notice would be greater than ...
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Folding bike cleaning

I just got a Dahon Mu Uno 2011. I am really happy with the bike, but it's my first folding bike and I have noticed how quick it gets dirty. This is probably due to being closer to the ground than most ...
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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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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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Planning on building a fixed-gear/single-speed from an old Schwinn World. What new parts will I need?

I think I want a flip flop hub, to keep my options open. If I get one off amazon, do I need to buy a freewheel and fixed-gear cog as well, or will those come with the hub? Also, does the hub have to ...
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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 ...
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Skid on small frame

I bought a new, cheap and maybe nasty fixed gear bike. They were only in sizes 54cm and 56cm, so I had to go for 56cm, even though my road bike is 61cm and I'm 186cm. My first few skidding attempts ...
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What kind of handlebar should go on a fixie to sell it?

I've seen fixies with mtb handlebars, sawed-off mtb handlebars, drop bars, and bullhorns. The fixie I built has drop bars, but I'm wondering if I should change that if I want to sell it.
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How to convert a multi-speed bike to single-speed with coaster brake?

Now I don't want to take all the credit for this bike, but I'm pretty sure Trek must've lovingly had me in mind when they made this. I mean come on. This bike is awesome. Buying their beach cruiser ...
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Singlespeed Hub - Rear Axle Swap

I have two sets of wheels, both laced to surly singlespeed hubs (the older "new" hubs, not the "ultra new" hubs which seem to make this process much easier). Anyway the wheelset I like better has a ...
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Single Speed Freehub

I have a Road bike with a Shimano 8 Speed Freehub. I want to go to a single speed bike, but I'd rather not use a fistfull of spacers. Is anyone aware of a single speed freehub body that I can replace ...
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Where can I find a 130 bcd single speed chainring with 58 or 60 teeth?

Where can I find a 130 bcd single speed chainring with 58 or 60 teeth? I am attempting to setup a goldsprints setup using a very large front ring and a small rear freewheel.
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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 ...