Questions tagged [single-speed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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10 gears to singlespeed

My second hand Hercules bicycle came with 10 gears. Two gears in the front and five in the back. The gearshift does not work well and since I cycle in the same gear all the time anyway, I consider ...
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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 linear-...
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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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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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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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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 - I'...
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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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Convert single speed, steel framed, vintage track bike to geared

Is there any way to convert a steel framed single speed vintage track bike to a geared bike? I have a track bike with only the rails for the wheel but I've moved out of the city and there are more ...
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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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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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Used WD-40 on headset and now it loosens daily

I've used WD-40 on my bike's headset as it produced some cracking noises. The result is a headset that gets loose after every ride. I've tried to use a wrench to tighten it, alas, it went loose after ...
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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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Setting up chain tension on a fixed gear with road bike frame

I got a road bike frame with vertical drops, so can't set the tension up. Tried to remove one link but then the chain becomes too short. My next idea was to change the front sprocket, currently have ...
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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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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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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 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 shoes....
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How do I properly torque a track cog lockring?

I see a torque rating is stamped onto a lot of track cog lock rings: However, I cannot find a way to use a torque wrench when tightening the lock ring. All the tools I've found, like Park Tool's HCW-...
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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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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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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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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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How I can remove this freewheel (without "destroying" it)?

How I can remove this freewheel (without "destructing" it) ? By "destructive removal" I mean this: https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/freewheel-destructive-removal P.S. I ...
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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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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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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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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 area....
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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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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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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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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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Can I use fiberfix tape to reinforce this shoddy weld?

I recently built a hi-ten steel bike and I just realized that it had a large hole in one of the welds near the seat tube and the top tube. Tried taking it back to the shop that shipped me the frame ...
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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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Changing my crank on a track bike and it wont turn

I bought a new crank for my bike, when fitted tight the crank is stiff to turn as I think it is rubbing against the bottom bracket housing. Any advice on what to do, have I bought the wrong crank?
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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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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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Chain slipping off from singlespeed rear cog

After I have worn out the cogs and chain to the point where my chain tensioner couldn't keep up anymore, I have replaced my drive train pieces, the axle and spacer are still the same. So I went from: ...
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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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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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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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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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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, one-...