Which Single Speed?

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Which Single Speed?

Postby willcoop » Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:17 am

I am looking to buy a new single speed for my daily commute.

I know there are lots of arguments against single speeds but for what I need it for it seems to suit.

I am looking to spend up to £700 on a new bike but preferrably lower. Any suggestions on what to go for?

My commute is 10km and mainly on the road though does take in a few paths.

The main contenders at the moment are the Charge Plug, Specialized Langster and Genesis Flyer...

Any advice would be welcome! Thanks...

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Re: Which Single Speed?

Postby trek_dan » Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:49 am

Dolan FXE

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Re: Which Single Speed?

Postby RLyons » Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:38 am

I have a Genesis Day One and it's great fun, quick enough and tough for the city commute! I got mine second hand for £120 but a new one can be had for £500-700.

My friend has a Charge Plug, which is a good alternative.

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Re: Which Single Speed?

Postby shamrock134 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:47 am

Are you near London?

Pearson NowYouSeeMe and Once More Unto The Breach are worth a look although you pay a bit more for the 'heritage'.

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Re: Which Single Speed?

Postby willcoop » Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:55 am

I'm in Manchester but thanks!

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Re: Which Single Speed?

Postby Gb_Rae » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:42 pm

You could get a Specialized Langster for £500. Would like one of these myself!! :(

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Re: Which Single Speed?

Postby willcoop » Fri Oct 04, 2013 13:25 pm

Thanks people...there are so many choices I don't know what to do!

I've just seen the Genesis Day One Disc now too... it looks really versatile. Any ideas whether this would be a good choice for a commuter?

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Re: Which Single Speed?

Postby southdownswolf » Fri Oct 04, 2013 14:35 pm

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Re: Which Single Speed?

Postby Big_Ring_Rider » Fri Oct 04, 2013 15:36 pm

Being as versatile as it is, the Genesis Day One Disc is worth serious consideration, but ask yourself if disc brakes are entirely necessary for your commute? Have you seen the Bianchi Pista? A classic looking build and you don't see many about, I love mine, but the only drawback is it doesn't have bottle cage mounts. Again though, if it is only commuting you'll be using it for, these are necessary.

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Re: Which Single Speed?

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Re: Which Single Speed?

Postby iPete » Sat Oct 05, 2013 13:01 pm

I'd get something that takes proper guards first then maybe consider discs.

The pearson once more unto looks good or the On One options.

Then again I ride a Trek T1 with track geo, use Crud mkii guards and an adapter to hold a bottle cage. It's a harsh ride but fast, sharpe and responsive.

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Re: Which Single Speed?

Postby Bigpikle » Sat Oct 05, 2013 13:39 pm

its pretty easy to build one really cheaply and if you choose a frame thats a little 'knackered looking' then you reduce the appeal to thieves considerably.

If you're commute is only 10km then you dont need a new bike. I built mine for about £130 and its been briliant - using an old Raleigh 531 frame :D
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Re: Which Single Speed?

Postby gbr236 » Sat Oct 05, 2013 20:37 pm

Proper mud gurards....
Now if my langster from 2011 had clearance......would still be here.

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Re: Which Single Speed?

Postby craker » Sat Oct 05, 2013 21:21 pm

I stripped the BB threads on my old Raleigh SS a couple of months back and went bike shopping; quite liked the looks of the Langster but no guard mounts. I ended up getting a cycle to work voucher for the Jamis @ Evans (£450) but then ripped it up and spent £40 on a self threading bottom bracket and a new crank. My Raleigh lives to ride another day!

I suppose the moral of the story is ...uuummm... I like my old bike it's got something personal about it. £lots of cash for a single speed to do 20k a day seems alot.

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Re: Which Single Speed?

Postby TLW1 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 09:08 am

Looks wise have you seen the wilier singles? Not sure what they ride like, but look fantastic

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Re: Which Single Speed?

Postby TLW1 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:40 am

matthew h wrote:Looks wise have you seen the wilier singles? Not sure what they ride like, but look fantastic


Re: fixed wheel - does anyone do a significant commute on theirs? As circa once a week I try to cycle in and it's 35 miles each way

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Re: Which Single Speed?

Postby iPete » Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:30 am

40 miles each way, usually 5 days a week in winter when I want to keep the roadie clean.

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Re: Which Single Speed?

Postby The Hundredth Idiot » Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:35 pm

Bigpikle wrote:its pretty easy to build one really cheaply and if you choose a frame thats a little 'knackered looking' then you reduce the appeal to thieves considerably.

If you're commute is only 10km then you dont need a new bike. I built mine for about £130 and its been briliant - using an old Raleigh 531 frame :D


That's what I'm doing at the moment. The frame & forks is a skip find so was free. The only material expense is a new set of wheels, tyres and brakes as both the old ones were knackered. Cost about £130 and a bit of (enjoyable) labour putting it together - although you would need to factor in the cost of new tools for some of the jobs.

A bit more character than a Langster and enough clearance for mudguards as well - very useful on a commuter.
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Re: Which Single Speed?

Postby craker » Wed Oct 09, 2013 15:21 pm

iPete wrote:40 miles each way


:!:

Go on, is that your proper daily commute 5 days a week? That's proper awesome that is.

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Re: Which Single Speed?

Postby iPete » Wed Oct 09, 2013 15:43 pm

craker wrote:
iPete wrote:40 miles each way


:!:

Go on, is that your proper daily commute 5 days a week? That's proper awesome that is.


Yup, beats the train (literally does)!

It is close to pan flat mind, hence the fixie being my weapon of choice..


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