Converting to singlespeed — not as easy as you think

Turns out converting a mountain bike to singlespeed can be a complete faff

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 Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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