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What is a Single Speed Bike?

If you're not familiar with the world of bicycles, you might be surprised at how many different varieties and applications there are of bikes. However, things seem to have come full circle, at least as far as cycles are concerned. The Singlespeed/Fixie Bikes, the forerunner of all modern bikes, is becoming increasingly popular once again.

A single-speed bike is simple in a word. There's only one sprocket or cog on the rear wheel and one pedal on the crank too, meaning there's no gear to shift. Having no gears to shift also means there are no shifters or cables, which appeals to enthusiasts looking for a smooth, bare-bones, and simple bike that will get them from point A to point B.

An attractive feature of this bicycle is its simplicity. The fact that there are no gears to shift leaves the rider with only one responsibility: pedaling. You don't have to worry about getting the right gear because you only have one gear. The trimmed design also allows for great maintenance benefits. Fewer things to break, fewer things to fix. There are no shifters or cables to worry about. Single-speed bicycles do not need derailleurs or chainrings, which are expensive items to replace if they break. 

Another plus is that you never have to adjust something that isn't even there. Fewer parts mean less weight, making single-speed popular with racers. No shifters or cables mean less clutter which is another attractive feature. Many enthusiasts appreciate the aesthetics of a smooth, smooth-looking, and streamlined bicycle.

Riding a bike couldn't be easier. You pedal to go forward and you stop pedaling to stop. One potential drawback is riding in different terrain. You may find that the gear ratio for riding on pavement doesn't work as well for trails. However, most riders use their single speed for a specific purpose and this problem is easily overcome.