March 23, 2007

Inbred FTW

Follow-up to Winter singlespeed from Secret Plans and Clever Tricks

Still loving my shonky one-speed bike . I took it round Coed Llandegla yesterday, and it was an absolute hoot. There was only one section where the lack of any gears was problematic – a ten-yard section of slippery uphill boardwalk, where I couldn’t get the power down gently enough to stop the back wheel spinning out. Other than that, though, it was great, and the combination of light weight and a small, flickable frame is perfectly suited to floating over the tabletops (and crashing through the doubles). The freehub is starting to make some rather nasty graunchy noises – think it might be time for a replacement soon.

I’m in the process of getting rid of my Coiler , as it’s just too much bike for me – despite being fantastic fun to ride, I’m really not using it to it’s potential, so it’s going to a more deserving home. I’m also wondering how best to get rid of my geared hardtail, since I almost never ride it now. I think i’ll probably split it and ebay the components that are worth anything.

I’ve ordered a lighter FS (of which more news when it arrives) that will replace replace both the coiler and the geared HT, but sometimes when I get back from riding the on-one I wonder whether I should really bother with another bike. The idea that I could ride singlespeed all the time seems a bit absurd, but it does seem to be the case that for all but the longest of days out, it’s really not that much of a disadvantage.

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