Originally Posted by PFULMTL
Got around to converting my Fuji Folder to singlespeed. I still need a new crankset. Running on the 28T chainring haha, and 16T ACS Crossfire Pro freewheel. It feels like a 26" BMX. I can hillclimb very easily, but I need more top end speed. I'd be fine with a 32-34T chainring.
It's still kinda heavy at 29bs...might swap out the stock handlebar and seatpost. Too poor for anything else.
28:16!? with slicks like that you must be riding on roads... I can't imagine even bothering riding with a gear ratio like that... I crank a 53:17 on my singlespeed, on anything that isn't uphill I always feel like it needs to be a little higher still, but uphills it's a bitch, I do have to really put my head down and keep the pedals spinning... I do love single speeds though :]
Just wow, you really need a bigger chainring if you don't want to be spinning like mad at 20kmph or so 0.o
Originally Posted by joshwalnut
I know the differences between a fixed gear and a free wheel... fixed gears are usually single speed.. hence why i asked.. lol
I've heard good things about fixed gear, something to do with better momentum... not entirely sure how the science works... maybe the same idea as with clipless pedals?
Well where i live i doubt "i" could use a single speed because the hills are so steep and long.. if i stayed in the same gear when going my normal speed when i'm on flat ground and try to climb some hills here, i would have to get off my bike and walk up. Actually i had a single speed stunt bike when i was a kid and i could never make it up those hills no matter how fast i got going... that had puny tires too.
I've never heard of a fixed geared bike with a derailleur, that would be an awful idea, every gear change would be a dance with death.
The idea behind fixed gear is that there is absolutely minimum loss of power between your legs and the road, that's why they use them for track cycling, On road a fixed gear turns into
a bit of a thrill thing, especially for those that ride without brakes, you have to use your legs to resist the cranks turning in order to slow down, or lock them and throw your weight over the handlebars to skid (which from the part of me that likes being alive, is a bloody stupid thing to do) Hence it being a thrill seekers kind of bike anywhere other than the confines of a velodrome. Other cool things that come as a result though, are being able to ride backwards and pull off epic trackstands.
Clipless pedals are however a fantastic way of increasing your power output, your foot is attached to the pedal, so you not only push on the pedal, but also pull on it, so you get power out of your whole pedal stroke, not just half of it.