Single-speed Bicycles: The Lowdown
If you are considering investing in a Trek District bike yourself, then there are a few things which you should know about single-speed bicycles. There are undoubtedly a good number of advantages to riding one of these bikes, but they are, perhaps, not for everybody.
A single-speed bike does not have a have any of the gears which are normally found on bicycle, and which would usually act as a method of altering the speed in relation to peddle turns. Although this can have it’s downside, one of the big advantages has to be the fact that this usually means single-speed bikes are less expensive to purchase first hand. Even if you are only casually browsing single-speed models while playing online Party poker and checking your emails, you cannot fail to notice that, more often than the not, the price is considerably less than that of an equivalent multi-geared option. This is because, mechanically, they are much more straightforward in design.
Another advantage of such simplicity is the fact that single-speed bikes often require far less maintenance. There are far fewer problems which are likely to be encountered, and so this is a great model of bicycle for anyone who prioritises reliability over more advanced gear features. These bicycles also tend to be more streamlined and efficient, which is why they are also popular within racing events.
However, single-speed bicycles do have certain features which some cyclists might consider to be a disadvantage. The main point which might put some people off investing in such models is the fact that, due to the lack of alternative gearing ratios, single-speed bikes can be more difficult to manage when pedalling uphill. It also means that, when cycling on flat ground especially, single-speed bikes have a top speed limit, which can be a hindrance to those for whom speed is a priority.
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