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Old 05-10-13, 11:15 AM
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cny-bikeman
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Bikes: 2008 Novara Randonee - love it. Previous bikes:Motobecane Mirage, 1972 Moto Grand Jubilee (my fave), Jackson Rake 16, 1983 C'dale ST500.

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The combination of having to turn the cranks far enough to engage a pawl, added to the fact that the outer portion of the mechanism is moving, with the added variable of fairly high speed, could easily result in a delay of 1/8 turn, especially if you also pedal at relatively low rpm's. If by singlespeed you mean fixed gear then yes, you need to get used to a freewheel bike (has nothing to do with whether it's a road bike). Every benefit has a cost.
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