5 Major Single Speed Benefits
A single speed bike may be considered antiquated by some, but Nic White, 2010 Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge winner and team manager of the Toyota Supercycling team, says riding one can benefit your geared bike riding. “I am now riding a single speed MTB on some of my rides and there are many benefits. Riding a single speed bike is really fun: one gear and a rigid fork just like we had when we were young and on BMX bikes!”
Single Speed Pros
- Hassle-free maintenance issues
- No gear changes
- Cleaning is easier
- Wear and tear is negligible
- Improves your skills
“There has been a huge improvement in my strength since I started riding a single speed nearly a year ago,” says Nic. “Climbing is done on a bigger gear than I would choose with a geared option, forcing me to pedal, pedal, pedal! It gives me more confidence to know that I can ride more obstacles than I thought I could as well. My leg speed has improved greatly, as well as conserving speed when I need to on the faster, flatter bits. My riding line is also better, because I need to avoid rocks and obstacles with my rigid fork. This is improving my skill level and means I am always riding the cleanest, smoothest lines as fast as I can.
“A single speed takes finesse to ride well, no bulldozing over everything like our full-suspension cousins. Fitness and skill levels definitely improve when you choose the simple option,” concludes Nic.
“Just beware – single speed is addictive, once you ride the simple way, you may not want to go back!”
Originally published in the September/October 2012 issue.