Single or multi-speed(7-speed)

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You need lower and higher gears. Why would you invest in a bike with a single speed. That means.... You have less free motion on your legs... And one brake that can road rash your back wheel unevenly.
Explain why you invest when a single speed is a failure.
 


LewieBike

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Not all single speeds are set up as coasterbrakes. My friction drive is a single speed that I've geared the pedal sprockets as an assist when my engine bogs below 9 mph on hills. And I have two caliper rim-brakes.

If you're 'roadrashing' ( what does this mean..? ) your rear wheel, you're not applying your coasterbrake with any finesse. Jamming on your brakes either with your hands or legs is not a great way to stop your bike.

I have an uncluttered handlebar and don't have any concerns about doing maintenance on a derailleur system. Simple and basic, like any fixie bike.
 

crassius

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single speed bikes usually have poor brakes and wheel bearings because they weren't designed to go fast
 
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Road rash... When braking... Skid marks... I remember when I was a kid and I had a bicycle that if you pedal backwards was the brake and you can put uneven spots on your tires..
 
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Also, with multi-speed it's a lot easier when you start pedaling to start your motor or if you need to stop and go and then when you are at Full Throttle you can change the gears to assist your engine and that's when I reach speeds of 40+mph vs 28 - 32mph.
And also, say your engine breaks down and you have to Pedal it home, multi speed make it a whole lot easier. LoL...
And this opens up a whole other question on your friction drive bicycle, your engine breaks down, how do you pedal it with that friction drive wheel, do you just remove the belt when your motor isn't running.?
 
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i think they get them for the looks, as a single speeds are usually cruiser bikes, they tend to have sturdier frames than multi speed bikes ( ie huffy cranbroke vs any other Walmart bike, the huffy will flex less) there generally more comfy to ride (comfy seats, lad back geometry, simplicity of a coaster brake). BUT i would never go 30+ with a bike that has coaster brakes, thats just plain stupid.
 

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You don't have to choose one or the other. My huffy cranbrook is 7 speed with front and rear rim brakes, mountain bike wheels and handlebars. You can have the best of both worlds :p.
 

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God invented V brakes. Simple to adjust and work like they should. I've had center pull which stop well but are a pain to adjust. Cantilever just plain sucks, hard to adjust and don't stop well at all like a V brake.
 
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Are the caliper type brakes any better... No proper terms here.
Are the brake pads on rims better than calipers? I kno calipers look better and brake pads on rims rub paint off and expose under laying rim....
And if caliper type brakes are better how do you install those properly on a bike made for the brake pads on rim type?
I don't know the proper terms.
All I know is a multi-speed beach cruiser is very nice and I wonder about those bikes that have shocks on them but I know for a fact the ones with the back shocks have very little or no room to mount engine in the Triangle.
I've noticed at high speeds my front forks might wobble or maybe it's a tire when I hold onto the handlebars with one hand like I'm puffing on my vape down the street...
also I've noticed my back wheell seems to wobble more just like the front one at high speeds im wondeeing if I should replace the rims. I have the rims off my old bike and their aluminum and the spokes are stronger. Both 26 in but they are cream color and I would have to paint them pumpkin orange and I'm wondering what the best brakes are that won't rub the paint off it.
Idk. Brake pad style have always rubbed the paint off eventually. Caliper style brakes would avoid this but how do I mount the system and is it on hydralic juice like cars or is it just like a normal brake with wire lever puller?
 
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Also. Rim style brakes... How do you keep the white walls clean... Lol.... Gotta have white walls. . its a beach cruiser.... LoL
 

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V-brakes are easier to find pads for, do an install and adjust, although I think all good quality rim brakes stop pretty equally.

A set of 1980's Shimano Deerhead cantilevers are pretty decent brakes, it's just finding the older stud mount brake pads that are getting harder to find, especially for the grey KoolStop and Mathauser pads. Shimano doesn't make OEM pads from their old stud type cantis anymore.

Whitewalls? and rim brakes? you need some strong detergent like SuperClean Foaming, and never let any of the greyish rim braking powder dry on the white walls after riding in the rain. The sidewalls are effectively stained if you allow that aluminum wear stuff to dry onto them.
 
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You need lower and higher gears. Why would you invest in a bike with a single speed. That means.... You have less free motion on your legs... And one brake that can road rash your back wheel unevenly.
Explain why you invest when a single speed is a failure.
A properly set up single speed is not a failure, it's a simple, reliable system that performs just fine.
You might need more gears for a 2-stroke bike, but with a 4-stroke and the right gearing, you get hill climbing ability, a reasonable top speed and no need to pedal, ever. You're sending all the power thru a 415 chain that can take the strain rather than a bike chain that maybe can, maybe can't. As for brakes, hub brakes (disc and/or drum) are easy to fit and do the job better than rim brakes, especially when wet.

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Pictured: 35mph top end, stops in 40 feet, climbs an 11% grade at 20 mph, handles like a dream.
 

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