Reuben recently converted his Canyon Grand Canyon to singlespeed, but the process has been less than smooth
The appeal of riding singlespeed is undeniable — with only one gear to worry about maintenance is greatly reduced and you have the zen-like experience of silently spinning along at just the right cadence (when the terrain is just right)… or something like that.
After realising he wasn’t giving his Canyon Grand Canyon nearly enough love, Reuben decided to try refreshing the bike by converting it to singlespeed.
But as he’s gone on to discover, living the single life isn’t as easy as you might have imagined and after a month of faffing with different cogs, chainrings, tensioners and much swearing… he’s still not perfected his setup.
Check out the video on our YouTube channel to see Reuben struggle through the process of converting to singlespeed and be sure to leave any sage advice in the comments. Alternatively, you can just make fun of Reuben and me for riding stupid bikes.
Jack has been riding and fettling bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork, fixie-botherer, tandem-evangelist, hill-climbing try hard, and thinks nothing of taking on a daft challenge for the BikeRadar YouTube channel. With a near encyclopaedic knowledge of cycling tech — from the most esoteric niche nonsense to the most cutting edge modern kit — Jack takes pride in his ability to seek out tech and stories that would otherwise go unreported. Jack has been at BikeRadar for three years now and is regularly testing an esoteric mix of weird and wonderful bikes.