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So Do People Tour with a Single Speed?

Old 04-13-17, 08:43 PM
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I would ride that green monster, looks like a plenty aero tour bike.
Just needs a SA dyno drum to power a siren. LOL
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Old 04-13-17, 10:32 PM
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coaster brakes and original 3-speed

Originally Posted by Rob_E View Post
I don't find coaster brakes to be more efficient than rim or disc, but I wouldn't shy away from either if there were some compelling reason to use them.

In fact, I was thinking about building up a two-speed, auto (or kick-back) hub wheel, with coaster brake, for my World Troller. Reason being that if I were ever willing to settle for just two gears (Just spent a week bumming around Scottsdale/Phoenix and could have survived easily on 2 gears, or 1), it would greatly simplify the splitting, packing, and reassembly of the bike if I didn't have to rerun the brake and gear lines.

Used to love my old, Sears Tote-Cycle that was set up with a 3 speed and a coaster brake, but I never really toured on it, except one time when I was camping on an island, and left my car on the mainland, using my bike to get the gear over on the ferry. I don't think that counts.

I could see long descents being a problem.
Some cyclists using coaster brakes when I was a youth also had a front caliper brake
for the long and steep hills. The original 3-speed hubs weren't always durable for excessive
use. On my first tour when I was 14 I used an old coaster brake single speed while my
buddy had a new 3-speed Raleigh. The internal workings of his 3-speed hub broke down
after a few hundred miles.
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Old 04-14-17, 06:02 AM
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The Speedvagen Urban Racer is one of the most polarizing bikes in the last few years. it's very, very superfluous. Originally I was diametrically opposed, but after some thought, I think I'm happy that it exists. Why can't bicycles be an object of fancy for the rich and famous, too?

I think a $4,000 silly bike is still a bike, and still a net positive for the world.
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Old 04-17-17, 04:46 AM
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Originally Posted by stevepusser View Post
Of course, now I wanna know "which hill"? I know there's a couple of good ones just east of Alpine in San Diego County.
Nah everything leaving San Diego was rideable...plus it was day one so the legs were fresh. There is one short but severely sharp hill along the road into Bend NP along the Rio Grande that was like 18 percent...luckily it was only 100 ft of gain or so.

Looked kinda like this but worse...
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Old 04-17-17, 04:49 AM
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Just as a side note, also... there is no shame whatsoever in getting off and walking up a hill whether it's a fixed gear, single speed, or indeed, a geared bike.
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Old 04-17-17, 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
Just as a side note, also... there is no shame whatsoever in getting off and walking up a hill whether it's a fixed gear, single speed, or indeed, a geared bike.
Definitely not, especially if you end up running into gearing trouble and the derailleurs are acting up on you and the chain won't stay on the right chainring or cog and yourself forced off the bike as a result. Trust me I was almost their a couple of years ago on my trip when I ran into a 22-25% grade climb in Frankfort, KY. If the chain would have skipped on me just once more I would have been forced to walk up the rest of the hill. Fortunately it didn't and neither did I.
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Old 05-09-17, 02:23 PM
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I did my first tour on a single speed (Wabi Lightning SE with a 48x19 gear) a few weeks ago. I was lightly loaded (sleeping bag but no tent), and was able to do some long-ish days, and some fairly hilly terrain with no problem. It was a lot of fun, and I'll be doing it again. No walking up hills on this trip

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Old 06-20-18, 02:14 AM
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Single gear is just easier,relaxing.I carry a 80 liter backpack,pull a dog trailer with 90lbs of dog/spare parts.Have all my camping gear for a very comfortable 10 day trip.Yes,I do walk up steep hills pushing my bike,carrying my backpack,and walking my dog.And I love it.I plan well,fix my own bike,always have spare parts,and front and back spare rims.I use paper maps and a compass.The best part is my son does the same thing,except he has 105lb dog in his trailer.Go for it.
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Old 06-20-18, 06:08 AM
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One of my friends does. He's a beast. We did a century about a month ago with over 3000 vert. He did it on his single speed (broke the chain once) :-)
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Old 06-20-18, 06:35 AM
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Originally Posted by PedalingWalrus View Post
(broke the chain once) :-)
He must have legs like The Hulk.
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Old 06-20-18, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by diana ruth View Post
Single gear is just easier,relaxing.I carry a 80 liter backpack,pull a dog trailer with 90lbs of dog/spare parts.Have all my camping gear for a very comfortable 10 day trip.Yes,I do walk up steep hills pushing my bike,carrying my backpack,and walking my dog.And I love it.I plan well,fix my own bike,always have spare parts,and front and back spare rims.I use paper maps and a compass.The best part is my son does the same thing,except he has 105lb dog in his trailer.Go for it.
I have a couple of questions:

While riding are you carrying the backpack on your back or is it on the trailer?

Why do you carry spare rims? Do you often break rims on tour and find yourself in areas where you wouldn't be able to source a new wheel or rim?

I had a friend who toured on an old Cannondale. When the front derailleur broke he decided he didn't really need it so he took it off and didn't replace it. When the rear derailleur broke he decided he didn't need that and just rode the bike single speed. When the fork broke... well he didn't want to tour on a unicycle so he did actually replace that. We did several short tours with the bike like that. He is incredibly fit though. I was certainly glad to have gears on our trips.
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Old 06-20-18, 08:16 AM
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I've never tried single-speed or such, but I currently ride my C'dale as a 1x7. The front derailleur is almost always at fault, in any drivetrain problems I've had, so I just eliminated the problem. 🙂
But to clarify, I'm pretty weak in the knees, so bigger chainrings would be wasted on me anyways. Except going down mountains. 😋😁
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Old 06-20-18, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by diana ruth View Post
Single gear is just easier,relaxing.I carry a 80 liter backpack,pull a dog trailer with 90lbs of dog/spare parts.Have all my camping gear for a very comfortable 10 day trip.Yes,I do walk up steep hills pushing my bike,carrying my backpack,and walking my dog.And I love it.I plan well,fix my own bike, always have spare parts,and front and back spare rims. I use paper maps and a compass.The best part is my son does the same thing,except he has 105lb dog in his trailer.Go for it.
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I have a couple of questions:

While riding are you carrying the backpack on your back or is it on the trailer?

Why do you carry spare rims? Do you often break rims on tour and find yourself in areas where you wouldn't be able to source a new wheel or rim?

I had a friend who toured on an old Cannondale. When the front derailleur broke he decided he didn't really need it so he took it off and didn't replace it. When the rear derailleur broke he decided he didn't need that and just rode the bike single speed. When the fork broke... well he didn't want to tour on a unicycle so he did actually replace that. We did several short tours with the bike like that. He is incredibly fit though. I was certainly glad to have gears on our trips.
I'm curious about the rims as well.
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I always thought my buddy touring single speed was the coolest thing ever until I met two new friends this winter who mtb fixie

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Old 06-20-18, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by diana ruth View Post
Single gear is just easier,relaxing.I carry a 80 liter backpack,pull a dog trailer with 90lbs of dog/spare parts......
that sounds excruciating.
you're not in the mountains, right?
more like on the katy?
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Old 06-21-18, 01:45 PM
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Yeah it's called stupidity.

Put brakes on your touring bike. It's stupid not to, dangerous and illegal.

Originally Posted by Spoonrobot View Post
. Touring on a fixed gear without brakes is usually done on track bikes and is kinda a separate thing than regular touring.o.
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Old 06-21-18, 01:46 PM
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Don't make him angry

You won't like him when he's angry.

Originally Posted by PedalingWalrus View Post
One of my friends does. He's a beast. We did a century about a month ago with over 3000 vert. He did it on his single speed (broke the chain once) :-)
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Old 06-21-18, 08:42 PM
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My Single Speed/Fixed Gear RandoCross FunTime Machine has not yet gone touring but I plan on taking on some S24hr tours/bike packing sort of stuff (now that I have bikepacking bags). It is a fun bike to ride but certainly for really long stuff and carrying a lot of weight I would want gears.
Here is that bike in case you were curious. It looks pretty much the same but the bar angle was fixed and it has much wider tires. I really do need to take more and better photos of my bikes.
https://www.pedalroom.com/bike/fgss-...-machine-34058 (Pardon the crank angle and the wheels while aligned not at noon)
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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
People race the Tour Divide on single speed.

Slip Angle: Why Singlespeed?
Thanks alot for that ^.
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I usually tour at ludicrous speed
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Originally Posted by PedalingWalrus View Post
I usually tour at ludicrous speed
Naturally, that's because his sag wagon is a Tesla.
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I see SS touring as for tough guys. Thats not me.

Sometimes I want to slow pedal a big gear on the flats and not have to break a knee on the climbs.
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Author Dervla Murphy said she simplified her bike from a 3 speed and used it between Ireland and India..

there is a guy who toured on a Penny Farthing.. ./






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