I'm confused as well. I thought a geared bike would be faster.
I got to work and back 10 minutes later than usual the first try. Then the second try I got home close to the same time, but I was pedaling the whole time. On the single speed I'm coasting at full speed and only pedaling past green lights, bottom of hills, and up hills. The thing is I can get close to full speed going uphill on a singlespeed. I know I'm going slower uphill on a geared bike because ride the same way home everyday.
Which uses less energy? The person who pedals less or the person who pedals more, but easier?
If I can beat my Single Speed record getting home with a geared bike, I will become a believer. Right now that's 20minutes behind with this bike.
My initial acceleration on a singlespeed is so fast from a stop light that it takes a while for cars to pass me, and often times, I often catch up to the same cars to the next stop light. That's how fast I can go.
Edited by PFULMTL - 8/21/13 at 12:30am