Recently a dude at a party asked us if switching from a multi-gear bike to single-speed one is a good idea. He has been using the multi-gears and finds it is super expensive to maintain, so he is thinking of getting one of ours. We don’t usually like comparing these two types of bikes because their features and functionalities correspond to different types of lifestyles and personalities. Nonetheless, we answered the question in the best way we could, and even went to detail for his benefit. Here’s how we explained it to him:
Shortboards and longboards
Multi-gear and single-speed bikes are like shortboards and longboards. Multi-gear bikes have gear ratios that offer its users versatility, and ease of use. It is easier to pedal when going uphill and is much faster as it easily picks up speed. The latter, on the other hand, is mechanically simpler. Because there are no derailleurs or other gear systems, single-speed bicycles are lighter, easier to maintain, and more affordable.
Pure Fun versus Flexibility
Most people will recommend multi-gear bikes because of the functionality they offer. But not everyone needs this type of mechanism. Multi-gears require more maintenance, and cost a ton more. They are also suited to avid cyclers, going on 40+ mile rides. Single-gear bikes, on the other hand, are simpler and quite honestly much more fun to use. The simplicity of their mechanism also makes it easy for users to customize them in any way they want. More people actually use the single speed bike, and the trend will only continue to grow far past the multi-gear platform.
To answer the question of switching between these two types of bicycles, it actually depends on the rider. The feel and function will obviously be different, but you will eventually get used to it. It all boils down to your lifestyle and needs. Whichever type you choose, Solé Bicycles will always be there to provide all the bikes, parts, and accessories you will ever need.