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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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How many spokes for a single speed road bike?

I want to buy a handbuilt wheelset from a local bike shop and I am in front of the decision of how many spokes I want to put on front and rear wheel. The application of the wheelset is a singlespeed ...
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Ideal distance between chainring and chain stay

I am building a single speed bicycle, and I have most of the drivetrain parts: Rear hub 18T rear cog (40-40.5mm ideal rear chainline -- wheel undished) 1/8" chain crankset with 40T chainring I used ...
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Should I get a smaller chainring or bigger cog?

I built a single speed bike about a year ago, and am starting to change out parts to make it more comfortable for me. The first thing I'm wanting to change is the gear inches, which I didn't give much ...
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How much tolerance is acceptable on the chainline of a fixed gear conversion?

When converting a geared bike to fg/ss, at some point there will be adjustments to be made regarding chainline. Without getting into details about what could be made to make it better (bb axle width, ...
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How to properly align the rear wheel to the bike (granny bike, single speed)

I have an old bike in which the rear axle is like you can see in the pictures below. It has pedal-brake. I've been struggling with the wheel alignment with respect to the bike. Each time I put it in, ...
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How can I know the number of teeths I need to go uphill?

I have a singlespeed with a flipflop hub to change to fixed gear. In my freewheel sprocket I have 16 teeth and in the ring chain 46 teeth. For me this is almost always the perfect combination for ...
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Single Speed Newbie Build [closed]

So I just got Peugeot bike frame that I'd like to make into my regular commuter. I had a KHS triathalon single speed for a few years that a road day and night from city to city, putting miles on it. ...
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Low gearing and knee health

Background I have been riding a single speed bikes over the last few (8) years in both flat (Perth, Australia) and hilly terrain (Brisbane, Australia). I love riding single speed. It has become part ...
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Converting 3×7 speed into a 2(chainrings)×1(sprockect)

I own Firefox Rapide 21s, which has Acera 7s(14-28t) groupset are rear and Tourney 3s(28-38-48t) groupset at front. In a recent accident, the rear derailleur took some impact and is bent now, it ...
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What are the physical advantages of riding a single speed with higher chainrings?

Ever since my aero road bike was stolen, I have been riding a cheap single speed bike on average 6 miles a day. The crankset was cheap and I recently switched to Sram Ominium 48t vs what the bike had ...
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Niner Biocentric I eccentric bottom bracket adapter won't budge

Niner Biocentric is the asymmetric bottom bracket adapter for a single speed. Below is the II. I have the I. I could not find a picture of the I. It is stuck. I have tried penetrating oil for ...
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Seeking advice: single speed conversion, Fuji ultimate road bike (old!) - Which kit? Which chain? etc

First off - I'm a complete amateur when it comes to doing repairs on bikes. Anything exceeding changing tyres, tubes and perhaps adjusting the brakes is something I've never attempted before. However, ...
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Derailleur On A Single Speed

Earlier today, I saw this bike with an absolutely bizarre drive-train. It looks like a single speed, but it has a derailleur on attached to it. The derailleur does not move horizontally, but only ...
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Campagnolo single speed conversion - can I use a 10sp cog?

I have a set of Miche reflex wheels. I would like to use them for a single speed conversion project on a Peugeot frame. can I use a 10sp cog? what I mean is: can I use one of the normal cogs that are ...
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Does having bigger wheels mean less effort pedaling?

Assuming that we are using a fixed-gear bicycle and width of the wheels are the same, I wondered, does having bigger wheels mean I need to less effort to get from point A to point B in an urban ...
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Alternative to Cane Creek 200TT Brake Levers [closed]

I'm newbie. Looking for silver TT levers (not aero) for bullhorn on single speed (caliper brakes). I'd like all silver levers (without tblack parts). There's Cane Creek 200TT. But it has black ...
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Brake levers for bullhorn on single speed - tt/cross or both?

I'm newbie. I need advice regarding brake levers for bullhorn on a single speed. I ride both flat and bullhorn ends. Do I need both TT levers and cross levers? What do you use? Bonus questions: ...
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I'm a novice not sure where to get a bike education?

Like most kids I road everywhere through high school than my biking waned to the neighborhood rides with my kids when they came along. Currently I have a Schwinn Single Speed Cruiser that my dad ...
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Turn single speed into multi speed!

I have just bought a cheap cycle for regular use (Kross Bolt 26"), but it comes in single speed. Can I put a 1×6/7 gear set in it?....the same model (28") comes with 21 speed gear set-up. How much ...
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Trouble with tension adjuster screws on 2012 Kona Unit

Here is the drive side screw on my 2012 Kona Unit: The problem is the screw is very difficult to move and adjust tension. It's so bad that I stripped the hex head used to adjust the tension, ...
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Investing into a fixed bike [closed]

Well, two weeks ago I bought this fixed-gear bike and although it was my first time buying one of its kind, I considered it was cheap. Problem here is that when I tried to search for any clue of the ...
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30 lb Geared Bicycle vs 20 lb Single Speed, Which Is Faster for Commuting? [closed]

This is not a literal question so I'm not looking at / for specific models, but more a theoretical one. Let's assume I could choose between two bikes for commuting, one with a modern 22 speed ...
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Rear wheel drop-out adjustment (1-speed)

I've got round to my Twenty/Shopper and besides replacing the tyre also went ahead and got a new KMC chain. Of course, the links were somewhat shorter, and so I couldn't cut it just right without ...
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Getting the right Bottom Bracket

I’ve recently got my hands on an old steel frame which I’ve decided to turn into a bit of a build project. I’ll be honest though, whilst I’ve ridden for many years, beyond basic maintenance my ...
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Fixed/free hub for 12mm TA frame?

I'm building an SSCX bike around a Brodie Romax SS frame which uses a 135x12mm thru-axle at the rear. I was hoping to be able to use a flip-flop hub so that I can run it SS for 'cross and fixed for ...
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Single Speed/Fixie Wheels with cup and cone bearings

I need to replace the wheels on my cheap single speed/fixie bike (similar to a mango or purefix bike). The current wheels are 700 diameter deep-v style rims with Quando hubs that use cup and cone ...
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Is it possible to convert Deore Crankset FC-M612 to single speed?

I would like to change this crankset to singlespeed, it has 96 BCD so I was thinking to order bash guard replacing the 40t chainring. The bashguard is this one http://www.wolftoothcomponents.com/...
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Convert fixed side of flip flop hub to freewheel

I have a flip flop hub and I'd like to convert the fixed side to be free wheel. Is this possible? If so how much might it cost? My motivation for this is that: I never ride fixie I'm running a 46/16 ...
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Single Speed to Multi-speed Conversion with internal gear hub

I currently have a single speed 52m Crew District. I got it as a commuter once I got moved closer my workplace. I live in a fairly hilly area and I am thoroughly missing the option to downshift and ...
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How to convert my lotus 2000r into a single speed

Hello everyone I bought a lotus 2000r and am currently converting it into a single speed. (Generic photo of a lotus 2000r from google images) I wanted to know if I can put this wheel from Amazon ...
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Finding which gear on my bike is closest to a single-gear bike

I have a 21 speed bike, and I'm thinking of purchasing a 1 speed. Does anyone know what gear on the 21 would be for a 1? I'm trying to see how well my bike does on that gear in my area. Thanks!
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Single disc brake front of SS bike?

Just finished building a gorgeous commuter from a fixed track frame. I've got some nice fat 700x28 tires, a SRAM automatix hub in the rear, and a disc compatible front hub. The frame has mounts for ...
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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, ...