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If you are reserarching single-speed bikes it is because you are looking for a bike that is truly fun to ride, without any problems or pain.
Sure, some of the other brands we review have an even better selection, but these Vilano bikes have enough colors to stay cool… and still come in at that critical, sub-$300 price mark.
These bikes work just like any other bike you’ve ever ridden: pedal to go forward, brake to stop.
I’ve been in with bikes my whole life, and actually worked a bike shop, selling and repairing bikes for 3 years.
They offer a solid ride for the money, and definitely one you should look at when shopping for single-speed bikes.
What I would do is get the Giordano, and then slap on a cooler, more comfortable seat, add better pedals, and replace the cheap, plastic brake levers with metal ones ($50 if you have your local bike shop do the work).
its not a bad idea..its just nicer in my opinion to just have something simple….but instead of all the hastle why not just put the chain on the gear ratio you were thinking about for a single speed on your current bike and leave it that way for like a week? and not even bother to remove the gears.
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With one of the most popular phrases of this generation being "Go Green," now is the best time to get your hands on a single speed bike! There are many great brands to choose from including Framed, Fuji and Tour de France just to name a few.
Whether you like to speed down hills with little traction or take it easy and coast down the city streets, these bikes can do it! There’s also a range of options you can choose from including various pedal adjustments, handlebar adjustments and even pedal straps to keep your feet in place.
Great for urban riding and commuting, bikes with single speed can get you from point A to point B in comfort and convenience.
Single Speed Bikes With all the latest in technology and cutting edge performance, single speed bikes offer simplistic riding at its best.
If you’re not comfortable doing this, just take the bike to a local bike shop to get it done, or do what I did…GOOGLE it! The bike comes as a single speed and I’d rather keep it as this than converting it to fixed gear (which is a pretty cool feature might I say) because I prefer to coast.
This is a great starter bike for those interested in trying a single speed or fixed gear bike (the flip-flop hub allows for both).
Your Bike – Your Style! This Fixed Gear / Single Speed is completely unbranded.
The pedals, saddle, handlebars and brakes feel cheap, and will probably all require an upgrade at some point over the life of the bike.
Assembling the bike was pretty easy, used a Crescent wrench and a set of Alan keys and some need nose pliers to adjust the brakes ( that was probably the hardest part but still not too tough ).
So I’ve recently had this urge to get into road biking, and after months of no success finding decent and CHEAP bikes via CL and local bike shops, I took my search to Amazon.
Unlike many other singlespeed bikes, our single speed PUBLIC bike allows you to coast and relax while riding, while also using powerful dual pivot brakes and alloy rims to ensure great stopping power rain or shine.
Built using the same proven upright comfort geometry as our multi-speed PUBLIC V7 city bike, the PUBLIC V1 foregoes multiple gears in favor of a simple and efficient single-speed drivetrain.
Like all PUBLIC bikes, the PUBLIC V1 city bike is built with a high quality steel frame and comes complete with matching fenders, chain guard, and painted rims.
The new diamond frame PUBLIC V1 is everything that a great city bike should be – fun, simple, lightweight, stylish and affordable.
To ensure your bike is safe to ride, we only recommend assembly in a bike shop by professional bicycle mechanics with specialty tools and training.
And, the rear wheel has a “flip flop” hub so you can either pedal and coast like you do with a standard bike, or flip the wheel around and try your hand at riding a “fixie”.
Now I just ride for pleasure and work on bikes when one of the local bike shops needs an extra hand for the day (or a bike race needs an extra wrench).
And, granted, they aren’t the same quality that you would find a more expensive model, but then the bike is so cheap, that you can probably to afford top shell out $30 on a new pedal if yours every really does break.
The first time you get on a fixed gear bike it may feel a little weird, but it doesn’t take long at all before you realize just how fun they are to actually ride.
The ergonomic bike shape comes together to make a comfortable, nimble cycling package that is ready to handle any urban jungle.
A more purist design, this bike only has a the front brake — and it is quite easy to remove that front brake if you decide to go full-on fixie.
The commercial-ness of this bike does its best to squash everything the independent spirit of single-speed riding embodies.
Pitango Urban Bikes began in a very similar way as Mango (though the rhyme is coincidence) – some young, entrepreneurial friends got together and decided to launch an affordable bike that offered the range of colour options they thought were missing from existing brands.
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The vintage moustache handlebar suits the bike and feels good when cruising around but obviously doesn’t suit riding in a hurry and it’s harsh, too, not helped by the very thin bar tape.
Our mechanic is Californian, somewhere in his 40s, and he remembers the brand fondly, so he was particularly disappointed at the Draft Lite’s quality as he was building it up: “It’s basement quality, especially the steel cranks, seatpost and stem, and the brakes suck.
While the high-tensile steel frame and chromo fork might not bear too close an inspection, it’s a really pretty bike and it drew lots of admiring looks.
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A bike stand will really help make this a lot easier – it'll hold the frame securely whilst you work on it.
Once you've got all of the components together then you need to start bolting them onto the frame.
If you're picking up a second hand frame (eBay is your friend) then I'd say the only choice is steel.
Something to note is that if your frame and forks are of a certain age then it's likely that the fork will be threaded at the top of the steerer (and probably 1" rather than the more usual 1" 1/8).
So now you have your frame and most importantly remembered that you need to get one that has horizontal/track frame ends or horizontal drop outs rather than drop outs for a derailleur.
Decide on the type of frame geometry you're after.
Once you know your geometry and frame size you need to pick a frame material.
Aluminium is very tough to repair and you won't know how much abuse a CF frame has taken and thus when it's likely to fail… catastrophically.
However, if you're truly building your bike from scratch, you'll need a few special tools.
Once you have an idea of what you'd like to build, it's time to gather your components.
However, you do not need a frame with horizontal dropouts or track ends.
Once the frame and wheels are sorted you then need to source the rest of the components.
You know the correct frame size for your height, build and riding style.
If you run into any problems along the way, don't hesitate to ask for help, whether it's from YouTube, a friend, a bike store, or—better yet—Quora.
You're after a track/road frame rather than a BMX.
Behold, the Men’s Mongoose Cachet Fixed-Speed Bike, a $150 “fixie” from Walmart.
Yesterday, a lot of commenters on the post about American “Dutch” city bikes thought that a $650 bicycle couldn’t be called cheap.
The frame is aluminum, which should make this bike lighter than many home-grown steel fixed-gears (although the shipping weight is a back-breaking 40-pounds.
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The clever bit is the choice of eight vibrant colour schemes on the frames, wheels, tyres, saddles and chains, and, as the name suggests, a near-total lack of visible branding, a conscious mimicking of the fixed gear pioneers who dragged aged track frames out of cellars or skips and refitted them with a functional but unflashy array of scavenged or salvaged parts.
After coming to the UK nine years ago to study and then setting out, somewhat unsuccessfully, in the restaurant trade, Gu ended up selling bikes made in his family’s factory in Tianjin, an industrial powerhouse city near Beijing.
The Teman-branded models – good value if unexceptional alloy road bikes – sold moderately well for a few years, both wholesale and via his makeshift shop near Bethnal Green, just east of the City.
My overriding feeling at the explosion in single-speed/fixed-gear bikes in London and other urban areas is pretty straightforward: anything that gets people riding, particularly young people, is wonderful.
After several prototypes and occasional confusion from the factory – "They thought it was a bit weird having tyres and wheels in these funny colours," says Sam – the No Logo bikes were born.
The bikes went on sale only three months ago and the response has been extremely positive, with more than 1,000 shifted already, both to direct buyers and to other independent cycle shops.
I went to see one of Britain’s more unlikely bike brands the other day at their base – a slightly shambolic, box-filled former Chinese restaurant in east London, complete with intact "Royal Wok" signage.
After the dust settled this season, I blew a 12 month total of maybe $2000 into the bike, and ended up (after some screaming deals) a bike close to a $1600 GF Rig.
I can’t seem to find a price for the on*one Inbred, but I am finding the SE Stout at around $440 (steel SS 29er) and the Redline Monocog 29er which I know is going for around the same price (also steel SS 29er).
Upgrading wheels would get the bike lighter, but I have had no problems with the stock wheels and haven’t had to true them but 2 times in 4 years.
I liked the Bikes Direct bike real well, and I owe my new obsession to that bike.
I got the clif 29.1 from bikesdirect it is the same bike with wire bead tires and worse crankset otherwise, same bike.
seem that he specializes in single speed bike (which he does) but as a mechanic he is absolutely fluent in the repair of multi geared mt bikes.
nearly bought a smaller bike but at the last minute found a perfect single speed road bike that would help my commute through the city to work.
a geared bike converted into a single speed fixed gear, which was quick, painless and done at a very reasonable cost.
and was looking to buy tools….How do you not have tools? For a LBS they are not friendly towards single speed bikes, even though they sell fixies.
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I installed both a 16&20 tooth cogs on my new 29’r single speed.
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The 14 tooth cog was in fact 3/32" which worked out perfectly, but the 12 tooth is useless for my application.
I wish I had read the other reviews before I bought this, it DOES NOT fit a 3/32" chain as the description says.
Shipments outside the USA are declared as “bike parts” for customs purposes and will include the actual amount paid for merchandise and shipping.
The 12 tooth cog is NOT 3/32" sizing as advertised it’s 1/8".
Jenson USA will not mark your parcel as a “gift”, declare a value lower than the actual price paid, or otherwise prepare false customs information.
The product page listed this cog as a 3/32" cog, but was in fact an 1/8" cog.
When selecting the proper gearing on a single speed mountain bike this was a great value.
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While many single-speed models come as fixed-gear bikes, the most popular among new riders have flip-flop rear hubs that allow you to switch between a fixed gear, where the pedals are always moving in conjunction with the rear wheel, and a freewheel that allows you to coast when not pedaling.
The steel-framed Critical Cycles Single Speed Road Bike (*Est.
2 seller behind the Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike (*Est.
Still, these stripped-down road bikes are a top choice for commuters who don’t have far to go and don’t encounter hilly terrain; they’re simple and easy to maintain without worrying about cables or derailleur issues.
While the steel-framed Takara Kabutois a top seller and our second choice in this category, customers report problems with the brakes and stock inner tubes.
Professional reviewers haven’t caught on to the single-speed road bike category yet.
However, says its basic components are sound and consumers find the bike a good start for future upgrades.
The company says without middlemen dealerships, it can keep the price of the bike low even though it has much better individual components than on any bike in this price range.
Unless the bike is a "fixie" built on a multi-speed frame you'd need to use an expensive multi-speed hub, plus somehow replace the coaster brake with another style.
The Tour de France of 1936 was done with a single gear and freewheel with the winner maintaining a 19.3mph average speed, the following year of the tour was the year in which they allowed the use of a derailleur setup and the winner maintained an average speed of 19.7mph both tours were 2700+miles long and had similar mountain stages.
Until 1937, when they were first permitted to use derailleur gears, those giants of men who competed in the Tour de France – and in all other races up to a similar year – rode bikes with just a single gear, that’s 34 years from the start of the tour in 1903.
Traditional European training methods for pro cyclists normally put them back on a fixed-wheel or single-speed bike when they returned to training in the New Year, and used that to increase burst leg strength and improve souplesse before switching back to a normal road bike after 1000 to 2000 miles.
However many races were won at very respectable speeds despite the absence of derailleur gears: most riders mounted sprockets of different size on each side of the rear wheel, and could thus change gear by removing the wheel and flipping it over to use the other gear.
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So i bought this single speed bike for 200 dollars and I've never been HAPPIER since, coaster brakes brings childhood memory and safety back.
It’s sold as a “fitness bike” (whatever that is) but looks like a BMX/freeride-influenced mountain bike ride that could go off dirt jumps.
Mean time, if you’re a Walmart shopper as well as a rider looking to save some serious cash on a beater bike, this one might be worth a trip to a big box near you.
The bike pictured below — official name: 29” Mongoose Hex Men’s Fitness Bike — is a bit of a mystery design.
Or, is it a fixed-gear freestyle type rig? It’s a single-speed (not fixed) and looks a bit like the Airwolf from All City and other bikes in this niche.
For $159, you get an aluminum frame, single-speed (36 × 12 gearing), 29-inch wheel bike.
A track bike has a fixed sprocket, and some track bikes may have a flip flop rear wheel with different size fixed sprockets on either side for quick gear changes for specific races/activity.
Although not ideal for hilly areas, single speeds are excellent for urban riders because of their simplicity: they have no derailleur, no gears, and with fixed-gear bikes, no freewheel mechanism (the device that allows riders to coast, leaving them to use their legs to slow down in tandem with a front brake — some daring types run no brakes at all, using only their leg power to stop the bike).
Remove front & rear derailleur, chain, saddle, bar tape *(maybe not *g*)* … Sure you have the right drop-outs? Remove the cassette.
Do you remember the first time you saw someone riding a singlespeed (SS) mountain bike? I bet your first thought was “what do they think they’re doing out here without any gears? Don’t they know they have to ride up hills?” I also bet you were immensely confused when they rode away from you on a climb – I know I was! After my first SS encounter I walked away with the conclusion that you must have to be a beast to ride a SS MTB – I mean, it’s gotta be really hard, right?I’m going to let you in on a secret: singlespeeding isn’t nearly as difficult as you think.
Yes, even after the 2007 New York Times story and the Washington Post story; after the various shops popped up, first in Brooklyn, then in Manhattan; after the blogs, the 2009 fixed gear story, the other 2009 NYT "Bike Snob" story, even after hipster-expat-haven Berlin banned them; even after Urban Outfitters starting slinging custom bikes online, fixed-gear and single-speed biking is still at large.
The intensely devoted single-speed and fixed-gear bike culture of Williamsburg has long been a source of fascination for people unbearably attracted to fashionably scruffy, trim, roguish-looking people, as well as the rest of the people who ride bikes in New York, and of course, exploitative press outlets and exploitative retailers.
Yes, fixed-gear and single speed biking, a supposed "purists" hobby, is now apparently being "exploited" for sale at Wal-Mart, though granted, $150 for this single-speed bike is definitely cheaper than, say, anything you’d score at Landmark Vintage, or even Urban Outfitters, or any actual bicycling shop.