Why do people seem to get so worked up about the “ethos” of singlespeeds? Always talking about “keeping it real”, or worrying whether their choice of shonky fork might offend someone.

Some advice for these people: Who cares what other people think, do what you want and not what you think other people would prefer you to do. By all means ask advice, but learn to make decisions for yourself (something very few people seem capable of these days).

I think it’s time for a new motto.

Singlespeed – it’s just another fucking bike

I like my singlespeed bike a lot, but I don’t treat it any differently to any of my other gear equipped bikes. I don’t suddenly get worried that I’ll be ostracised for having unsuitable forks, the wrong shirt, the wrong tyres, or the wrong attitude. I just ride the thing.

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2 Responses to Singlespeeds

  1. Marc says:


    right on.

  2. matt says:

    my singlespeed would probably make people glare at me, i don’t care, i will just flick them the bird.. mmwhwhwhaaaaaa.