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    I ride to work and back on this kona jake 2012 cyclo cross. I also use it at the weekends, I didn't want to have to buy two bikes so got one to fit all my needs.
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    My legs still aren't quite used to the world of singlespeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickjames View Post
    My legs still aren't quite used to the world of singlespeed.
    Nonsense! Treat it like a big BMX. I would never go back to gears for my commuter. I changed the chainring (£10), chain (Izumi track chain £11) and sprocket (£3) so a whole new drive train cost less than a good cassette. No cables, shifters, jockey wheels to faff around with. Just jump on and ride simplicity.

    I've tried more chains than I care to remember, and for single-speed, the Izumi is the best - no question.
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    By the way, my home-brew chain oil is excellent. I've been using it for a couple of months as needed, at least once a week and maybe twice, and it's performing well in all weathers. I use 2:1 OMS thinner:quality engine oil. If the chain is dirty, I give it a rinse with the homebrew, clean with a rag, then re-apply. The chain comes up nice and clean. It takes no more than 30 seconds at the end of the week.
    Recipe here

    I compared it with a regular good chain oil and found my home-brew was better. The commercial oil attracted dirt very badly. The home-brew was much cleaner. It sheds water, doesn't gum up with dust and doesn't let the chain rust when it's really wet. I've run it on a new Izumi chain for three months and there's no chain stretch yet. I also use it on my mountain bike in all conditions. It's the best all-purpose oil I've used. It's a winner.
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    I was tempted to try out a single-speed for the simplicity of maintenance but my commute is downhill all the way to work and hence uphill all the way back so I think it would be kind of inefficient.
    @jinnantonnixx : Do you usually ride fixed or freewheel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyinghaggis View Post
    I was tempted to try out a single-speed for the simplicity of maintenance but my commute is downhill all the way to work and hence uphill all the way back so I think it would be kind of inefficient.
    @jinnantonnixx : Do you usually ride fixed or freewheel?
    Freewheel. Never tried fixed, even though I had a bike with a flip-flop wheel, I set it for freewheel without even trying fixed. Perhaps I'm missing out, but I've never like the idea.
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    @rickjames - Get a hub gear. No maintenance and you can ride over hills without ruining your knee joints - best of both worlds. Being able to change gear at standstill is just icing on top.

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    Oooo I had a really bad experience with Shimano Nexus 3 speed. They're not weather sealed and it disintegrated after 3 months in bad weather. Perhaps other hub gears are better (Rohloff) but mine was a disaster, I downloaded the service manual and immediately gave up. Maybe I was just unlucky, but I just want something as simple as possible that I can rely on every day.
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    Me neither. I'd happy with my hybrid's single chainring and 8 speed cassette for my commute but I'd like to try a fixed single speed sometime just to see what it's like.

    I'm thinking I might upgrade my commuter to a Whyte Shoreditch when they're available at my local bike shop so I can get the cycle scheme discount.

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