I will echo what Scott here said. I've converted a few bikes to single 
speed / fixed gear, and simplicity has been key. I personally rarely 
flipped the wheels or switched to a different chainring mid-ride – it sort 
of defeated the purpose of the whole thing for me. That said, maybe my 
conversions weren't really set up very well for the convenience of the 
"switching". 

I just got a SimpleOne (thanks, another Max!) and it's set up to do these 
switches more easily, so I'll experiment with it. Although my hunch is that 
for 99% of the rides I intend to do with it ("easy ride with family", "go 
get ice cream", "pick up coffee and bread and cheese", "quickie / 
pick-me-up at sunrise / sunset", 
"commute-to-work-in-too-low-a-gear-so-I-am-not-getting-all-sweaty"), 
picking one gear for the season (e.g. 63" for winter and 72" for summer) 
and sticking with it will be the way to go. 

The conundrum to me right now is what fenders to use – track ends are a 
royal pain with fenders, if you ask me. But if I'm "fixing" the gear, then 
it's less of a pain. 

- Max "don't break / brake it if it's fixed" in A2


On Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 9:57:41 AM UTC-4, greenteadrinkers wrote:
>
> I'd suggest keeping it as simple as you possible can. I have a SimpleOne, 
> which I do love. This past spring I commissioned my LBS to build a high end 
> wheel set, Paul track hubs, Cliffhanger rims, Compass Hurricane Pass tires. 
> There's a White Industries 16/19 in the back, Sugino 40/32 up front. For 
> flats, I've found the 40/16 is all I need. Trails, the 32/19, is great, 
> challenging, but great. For bars, the Jitensha flat bar, sounds like drops 
> suit your needs better. In Tucson, do you need fenders? For stuff, I throw 
> on a Carradice long flap hung off a B17, otherwise, I keep it simple, no 
> racks, none of the usual part barnacles (I'm a minimalist). The best 
> thing I did part-wise, was invest in a great wheel set. If you're doing 
> some long commutes, consider investing in a top shelf wheel set, possibly 
> with a nice dyno light rig. On another note, Riv. really had a winner 
> with the SimpleOne, it's a wonder it did't catch on, maybe folks wanted it 
> to be a QuickBeam, I know I did at the time. Now, with that wheel set, and 
> those Compass tires, I can't get off it. It's a juvenile delinquent BMX 
> time machine. Next up , I'd love to find a Hunqapillar, then, I'd have the 
> trifecta, SimpleOne, S. Hillborne (currently being built up at Analog), 
> Hunqapillar. Hope all this noise helps.
> Scott
>
>
> On Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 9:00:05 PM UTC-4, Scott Calhoun wrote:
>
>> And by pimp I mean, "make into a functional and kinda handsome bicycle." 
>> I always wanted a Quickbeam, and I've just missed a few for sale here. Last 
>> week a friend alerted me that our own Reid Echols was putting out feelers 
>> on Instagram about selling his 64cm QB. Long story short, a frameset is 
>> headed my way.
>>
>> In preparation, I've been futzing in the parts bins, and thinking about 
>> the build. I realized that it's been a good long while since I built up a 
>> single speed--way back in 2011 when I did up a dumpster find Trek 720 frame 
>> for my daughter's college bike. I'm getting the F/F/HS, so I have some 
>> decisions to make. The frame has been re-spaced in the rear to 130mm OLN.
>>
>> A bit of info about my likely use-case scenarios. I live about 16 miles 
>> from the center of town, and almost all my rides are longish. I do run 
>> errands to the Post Office (7 miles round trip) and store (around 12), but 
>> most of my rides are at least 25 miles. I'll also jump on dirt roads when I 
>> can. Tucson is pretty flat in the valley, but we are surrounded on all 
>> sides by mountains. If I want to climb, I can. On my geared bikes, my 
>> average speed is16.5-18.5mph for rides up to 65 miles or so (I mention this 
>> only for purposes of helping me decide gearing--see below).
>>
>> Parts I have:
>>
>>    - SKF 110 bottom bracket
>>    - Beat up but functional Campy Record Double 172.5 crankset 135bcd 
>>    with various rings, mostly of the 53/39 variety
>>    - Nitto F32 front Rack just picked up from RBW member Joe Lonner
>>    - A set of vintage Mafac Canti brakes f/r
>>    - A nice light set silver set of Ritchey Classic tubeless compatible 
>>    wheels (1440 grams!)
>>    - Nitto Pearl 100mm stem, maybe a 110 too
>>    - Nitto Noodle 46cm (or maybe 44cm?) bars
>>    - Gravel King SK 38mm and 43mm TLC tires (a pair of each)
>>
>> Reid had it built at least two ways, both really attractive to my eye 
>> (photos to follow): one with drops, one with risers. Seeing that I have 
>> Noodles already, I'll likely just use those initially. I'm generally a drop 
>> bar guy anyhow. So, my main questions are drivetrain/gearing.
>>
>>    - Should I keep the rear spacing at 130mm and use a Surly Speed 
>>    Spacer kit: https://surlybikes.com/parts/spacer_kit
>>    - Or respace to 120mm (I also have a 120 fixed/free hub I could build 
>>    up).
>>    - Suggestions for gearing set ups. I noticed that I can buy 46t and 
>>    48t rings for the Campy 135bcd crankset I have. I typically ride bikes 
>> with 
>>    a 46/48/49 tooth big ring and don't get out of the big ring in the 
>> valley. 
>>    Chain is somewhere mid-cassette. 
>>    - What would the original Sugino crankset gearing look like? What 
>>    would Grant's preferred set up be?
>>    - What about rear cog(s)? 16t, 17t? 
>>    - Tell me about basket life? I've mostly done rando bag set ups, but 
>>    maybe one of those Wald racer baskets on this? What do you put in the 
>>    basket to keep your sh** from falling through the holes? 
>>
>> So many choices for such a "simple" bike, right?
>>
>> Scott Calhoun
>> Tucson, AZ
>>
>>

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