I was an avid multi speed guy... Until I rode my first single speed/fixed gear. I never went back to a multi speed after that. It takes a lil getting used to at first. But the way you have to challenge yourself on hills and not having to worry about shifting just makes it sooooo worthwhile! Try out first. Ask you LBS to let try out a SS so you can see for yourself. I found that a lot of bike mechanics prefer a SS.BeginnerCycling said:Why single speed? I ride both single speed and geared, but really love my single-speed road bike and have a single-speed 29er on order. Why?
There's something nice about the simplicity of one speed (this coming from someone who insists on driving a manual transmission car). The bike is always in the right gear, no thinking, no shifting. No gearing down to stop. No cross-chaining, no trimming. Just a simple, straight, tight drivetrain, which is low maintenance.
Good workout/Different workout: Especially nice that when I ride with my kids I can exercise my legs more with the single-speed. Even riding alone, single speed means standing more which stretches out my legs in a good way.
By all means keep your geared bike, but give single speed a try.
Less shite to break!Why?