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One for the FG&SS Crowd:

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Re: One for the FG&SS Crowd:

Postby Oxford » Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:29 am

yep it is so true. nothing simpler and more refreshing than not having to waste energy on thoughts about what is the right gear, you just go for it.
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Re: One for the FG&SS Crowd:

Postby sogood » Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:47 am

Oxford wrote:yep it is so true. nothing simpler and more refreshing than not having to waste energy on thoughts about what is the right gear, you just go for it.

There's nothing simpler than just keeping to the same cadence (with a few finger clicks) than to think about whether one can stand and power across the next hill or better to sit and grind it out. :roll:
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Re: One for the FG&SS Crowd:

Postby scotto » Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:29 am

Oxford wrote:yep it is so true. nothing simpler and more refreshing than not having to waste energy on thoughts about what is the right gear, you just go for it.


that can apply to all cycling IMHO - so well said, even though you didnt mean it to be :P
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Re: One for the FG&SS Crowd:

Postby cray- » Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:44 pm

In no way am I anti FG/SS, but I really must wonder about the mental capacity of those who find gear selection too much of a brain strain. :?
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Re: One for the FG&SS Crowd:

Postby Oxford » Sat Apr 09, 2011 1:00 pm

A zen way of looking at SSing:
Thinking the SS way wrote:The singlespeeder is behind on the downhill,
and ahead on the climb.
He is unencumbered, thus at one with all.
Through flow, he attains fulfillment.


A warriors view of SSing:
The Viking Theory wrote:A geared rider is like a Ninja pulling out throwing stars, nun-chucks, and all manner of sneaky weapons. If he can't get the kill with one weapon he'll switch (gears) to get the job done. Sure as showtime a Ninja will kill everybody in the room without them knowing, but he'll use 27 different weapons. Single speeders are Viking Beserkers. A Viking just needs a simple weapon like a big hammer or a sharpened 40lb piece of steel to do his dirty work. Not only will he kill everybody in the room, he'll kill everything in a 30 mile radius. The US military tried to turn GI's into Vikings back in the early 40's, but they found that the atom bomb was easier to control and almost as effective at killing. Ninja VS Viking? I'll put my money on the Viking. Sure he'll be pierced by the Ninja's pointy tools of death 20 times before the he knows what hit him, but that will just summon his wrath. Once he sets his beer down he with will destroy the Ninja and any black pajama wearing buddies he might have brought with him (they've been known to travel in packs). Then he will finish his beer. Yeah, single speeding is just like that, brutal, painful, merciless, something to do in between beers...a pursuit worthy of a Viking. All single speeders have some Viking blood in their veins. It is a fact.
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Re: One for the FG&SS Crowd:

Postby cray- » Sun Apr 10, 2011 2:09 am

Hehehe it's ok, that was a bit of a troll.

Actually I find myself somewhere between the two, I primarily ride an old 12speed but it has down tube friction shifters. This means it's often not easy to grab another gear, nor very precise. It makes me plan ahead a bit when approaching hills or dips. I find myself changing far less often than if I had modern accurate brifters with 18-22 gears at my fingertips. I just often just grind it out.
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Re: One for the FG&SS Crowd:

Postby Oxford » Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:14 am

cray- wrote:Hehehe it's ok, that was a bit of a troll.

Actually I find myself somewhere between the two, I primarily ride an old 12speed but it has down tube friction shifters. This means it's often not easy to grab another gear, nor very precise. It makes me plan ahead a bit when approaching hills or dips. I find myself changing far less often than if I had modern accurate brifters with 18-22 gears at my fingertips. I just often just grind it out.

I figured the first bit bit out. And I like my downtube friction shifter bike for the same reason, sort of like riding an SS with options. :wink:
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Re: One for the FG&SS Crowd:

Postby cray- » Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:16 pm

bikesnobnyc wrote:I like fixed-gear bicycles, and there will always be a place for them beyond the velodrome. However, I also don't think the fixed-gear trend will truly end until people have explored each and every scenario in which they are totally stupid and useless, and I suppose with fixed-gear freestyling and long-distance track bike touring down, hillbombing is now the latest foray into futility. What could be simpler and more pleasant than the reprieve a descent offers after a difficult climb, when we lean forward, rest our legs, and enjoy the feeling of the wind and of effortless forward motion? And what could be more pointless than spinning frantically down that same hill, ruining a perfectly good tire, and whip-skidding like an agitated dog trying to gnaw a dingleberry off his ass and run at the same time?

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