My life as a single speed rider

Hello everyone. Let me start by introducing myself. My name is K.L. and I am a single speed enthusiast.

I decided to start a blog sharing my experiences on my single speed. First let me introduce you to the most important part of my experiences…my bike. It’s a Rans Zenitek. It used to be a 27 speed but now it’s a single, geared to 24 but soon to be 25.

I have had people ask me, why a single speed? I could be flip and say why not a single speed. It’s fun and other than staying on the bike the only thing I have to concentrate on is when to brake. But that’s not what actually got me involved with single speed riding. I was trashing my knee. Yes I know I could have stopped riding in the higher gears but I am like those people who will never push a button until someone tells them not to. Basically the gears were there so I had to use them. I decided to just take all the gears away and boom…no more shifting. I also found something unexpected…I freaking loved it. I feel so connected to my bike when I don’t have to worry about shifting. If I want to go fast it’s up to leg power, if I want to maintain a constant speed…it’s up to leg power and cadence.

So that is me. A personality flaw introduced me to single speed riding and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Next week I will share my first Century Ride. Not only my first ever but my first on a single speed. Lets just say it was not without struggle.

Thank you for reading. See y’all next week.

 

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  1. Looking forward to reading these blogs. I’m a serious commuter bike rider. My ride is a 20 year old Mt. Trek 21 speed. I only use about 3 or 4 gears on average. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to dismiss the whole shifting thing and go fixed.

  2. Before I had both knees replaced and they fucked up both. Just my luck. I guess I paying for my sins lol . I use to ride everywhere. Damn do I miss that freedom and peaceful feeling I use to get. It was like a high for me.
    Good Luck next week my friend. May the wind stay at your back and the assholes in the cars learn how to drive. Namaste

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