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What is single speed in cycle?

A single speed bicycle are the tyre of bike which have only one gear ratio, either there are no sprocket in front or rear to change the effort while peddling. A rider need to pedal with same effort irrespective of terrain. There could be many type of single speed bicycle Like Hybrid single speed bicycle, mountain bike single speed or bmx cycle 

Advantage of Single speed bicycle :

  • Easy to maintain
  • Good for small commute for health and fitness purpose or office commute
  • Light weight due to the minimum components which also make them easy to maintain
  • Easy to ride for beginner or new learner

Disadvantage of Single Speed bicycle

  • Not suitable for steep road inclined
  • Can be used for long ride but need continuous same effort

What is History of Single Speed Bicycles ?

The first recognisable bicycles, known as velocipedes or "boneshakers," emerged in the early 19th century. These early bicycles featured a direct drive system, with pedals attached directly to the front wheel. In the Late 19th Century, various improvements were made to bicycle design, including the introduction of the chain-drive system. The introduction of the chain allowed for more efficient power transfer and paved the way for the development of single speed bicycles as we know them today.

The late 19th and early 20th centuries are often referred to as the "golden age" of cycling, with bicycles becoming increasingly popular for transportation, recreation, and sport. Single speed bicycles were the norm during this period, with various designs and configurations tailored to different riding styles and preferences.
While single speed bicycles remained popular for many decades, advancements in gear shifting technology in the mid-20th century led to the widespread adoption of multi-speed bikes. 

Today, single speed bicycles are popular among urban commuters, fixed-gear enthusiasts, track cyclists, and riders who appreciate the simplicity and direct connection to the ride that single speed bikes offer.

What are the Different Types of Single Speed Bicycles

  • Road Bikes: Designed for speed and efficiency on paved roads.
  • Commuter Bikes: Equipped with features for daily urban commuting, such as fenders and racks.
  • Track Bikes: Built for use on velodromes, with a fixed gear and no brakes.
  • Fixed Gear Bikes: Similar to track bikes but adapted for street use, often with a freewheel option.
  • City Bikes: Designed for casual riding around the city, with an emphasis on comfort and style.
  • Cruiser Bikes: Comfort-oriented bikes for leisurely rides, often with a relaxed riding position.

How to Choose the Right Single Speed Bicycle in 3 Steps ? 

1) The first thing to do is to choose the correct frame size. Choosing the wrong frame size can ruin the overall bicycle experience for a rider. To select the correct frame size, one can refer to the blog post below for details:
How to choose the correct frame size.

2) Choosing Suspension or Rigid Fork: Once the frame size is confirmed, the next step is to consider the terrain where you will be riding the bicycle. If the road conditions are very poor or if you have any shoulder injuries requiring less pressure during bumpy rides, you should opt for a bicycle with suspension. However, if the road conditions are very good, you can opt for a rigid fork. For reference, the most common bicycle, the black one also known as the 'doodhwala' cycle, never had suspension and was used on most city roads.

3) Which Bike to Choose: Hybrid or MTB Single Speed: If your daily usage involves more commuting, go for a hybrid cycle as the thin tires are easier to pedal. However, if you need better grip and a more extensive cardio workout for your leg muscles, opt for the single-speed mountain bike.

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