Twenty years ago, the only people who rode single speed bikes were track
racers and Schwinn cruiser collectors; there are cyclists now who don't care
about anything made before 1995, couldn't give a damn about Mario Confente,
Claud Butler, or Rene Herse--but they ride a single speed part of the time
because they feel like their road bikes have become parts garbage disposals
due to finicky high maintainance drive trains. This might just be a
Northwestern, rainy-ride thing but something tells me not. There would
otherwise be no point in companies like Surly or Spot even existing
> Scott Goldsmith wrote:
> > CR is the Retro list, BOBs are cyclings Shakers, make it simple & beautiful.
> > or failing that, make it out cast offs. Another unstated thread is a
> > reaction against the over complication of current life. Why make a such
> > a simple thing as a bicycle complicated?
> This is also what is behind the ground swell of interest in riding fixed
> gear road bikes currently.
> Human beings are a perverse species: Give them perfect shifting 20
> speeds and they want no shifting one speeds that don't freewheel!
> Chuck "love riding fixed" Schmidt
> SoPas, SoCal