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Old 12-19-2012, 04:56 PM   #1
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The Best Single Speed Cities

I know that Cleveland, my original hometown in Ohio, is pretty much flat. I therefore, consider it as a really great city for a single speed bicycle, since hills are rarely encountered. I also consider NYC, Chicago, and just about the entire state of Florida, as basically flat, and subsequently, primary terrain for single speed bicycles. These regions, I personally consider as the best for single speedsters, due to the absence of a bunch of hills.

What about your city?....Is it flat and easily traveled on a single speed?...Do you have a bunch of hills, but still enjoy taking the hills on your single speed?

In your opinion, what are the best single speed cities from either your personal experience, or from what you've heard?

Why so?



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I've always been into single speed bikes. I started riding bmx as a kid like a lot of kids do then got into mountain biking later. I have a SS MTB as well as my SS/FG road going setups. Its all about gearing them for what you intend to do with them. Never had a problem with then in Fremont, or in the Hayward/Castro Valley area when I lived out there. I mostly ride in Fremont/Newark now.



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I've always been into single speed bikes. I started riding bmx as a kid like a lot of kids do then got into mountain biking later. I have a SS MTB as well as my SS/FG road going setups. Its all about gearing them for what you intend to do with them. Never had a problem with then in Fremont, or in the Hayward/Castro Valley area when I lived out there. I mostly ride in Fremont/Newark now.
Hey there, DirtyBobbysBikes!

Have you ever cycled in San Francisco?

If so, what did you think?

What gearing do you think is the best all 'round gearing for the Bay Area?

Thanks in advance.
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I don't leave my area much. If you wanted 1 gear for the entire bay area you might choose one on the lower side that could still climb. I've got a few customers here locally too that have both SS bikes and rode them until they got stonger and switched to a higher gear. It's a lot of personal preference.

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Thanks for the prompt response, DirtyBobbysBikes!

Yeah, I kinda figured the personal preference thing was base upon everybodies own strength variations. However, you still hear gear ratios being tossed around and it sometimes just makes me wonder about some ideal mystical gear ratio or something.

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My main track bikes I ride around town are setup 49-16, my conversion is 46-16 and my fuji is 46-19 while my SS MTB is 34-18 or 34-16. My BMX bikes are 44-16 and 28-10.

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I also hear that Austin, TX and New Orleans, LA are both really great single speed cities, too!

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Sacramento and Davis, CA are both full of fixies and single-speeds, and it's easy to ride here because it's so flat. I'm riding two different singles, both geared 42-16 (both are conversions) although probably going to change up to 49-16 in the near future.

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Hey there Sygrad91!

That's good to know about Sacramento. I was wondering about that city being single speed friendly or not...

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muncie,ind is as flat as a pancake, perfect for SS cruzin....39/17 with a 180mm crank is what i run.



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