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Importance of Single Speed Bikes

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There are many bikes available in the market, single speed or multi speed bikes. A single speed bike, unlike multi speed bikes, has a single gear ratio. It simply has two cogs linked with a single roller chain.

Also, such bikes don't have any kind of gears. The parts of single speed bikes are fixed in such a way that it moves effortlessly through free wheel mechanism.

There are various advantages of using Single speed bikes.

One of the biggest advantages is that these bikes are very light in weight, compared to geared bicycle. The main reason of its lightness is the absence of derailleurs and hub gears. Besides there are many other parts which are light and strong.

The second biggest advantage is that these bikes require very less maintenance. The tires of such bikes are tough enough, its gears and parts doesn't create any problems.

The maintenance of normal geared bikes is usually higher. The drive chain of normal geared bikes cannot bear muddy conditions during winter which result in wearing out of its components.


Talking about the cost of such bikes, single speed bikes are cheaper than normal geared bikes. For less cost, one gets the advantage of strength and efficiency of the bike.

The Drive Train Efficiency of single speed bike is also much better than geared bikes. The absence of derailleur reduces the drag in the chain system, which is associated with derailleur's jockey pulleys.

In short, the chaining system in single speed bikes is very much efficient.

People riding single speed bikes thinks that even without gears, their bike can ride on tough roads well and probably for that reason they don't opt for multi speed bikes.

More or less riding on single speed bikes is a great workout method and it builds your leg muscles. These bikes come in different forms like single speed mountain bikes, single speed trek bicycles, single speed road bikes, hybrid bicycles and so on.

It is truly said that every advantage has some disadvantages too. It may not prove better in all circumstances but still it has very few disadvantages in comparison to advantages. Hence, single speed bikes always have some significant edge over the multi speed bikes.

By FW Editor


Tags: bikes, gears, weight



Category: Others  - ( Others Archive)

Date Added: 22 January '10


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