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the source of the bike's stability is the gyroscopic effect of a spinning wheel. This is incorrect. Gyroscopic forces play virtually no part in bicycle stability. What keeps a bike stable is the counter steering induced by the frame geometry, particularly the sloped headtube and resulting trail in the fork. In any case, your single speed will be fine on the ...


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The reason why people talk about the effects of adding weight to the wheels vs. frame is not acceleration (the 2x result from Daniel R. Hicks answer is correct for this, btw.) but rather suspension: Unsuspended weight needs to follow every unevenness in the road faithfully, and that costs energy. Suspended weight does not need to follow each root/stone/...


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