In the words of Grand Master Flash…
(Ooh White Lines) Vision dreams of passion
(Blowin’ through my mind) and all the while I think of you
(High price) a very strange reaction
(For us to unwind) the more I see, the more I do
(Something like a phenomenon) Baby!
(Tellin your body to come along, but white lines blow away)
(Blow! Rock it! Blow!)
Ok ok, relax, I’m not talking about blow, but I’m talking about my new White Chain by KMC on my Sette Reken SingleSpeed.
I love white so much that I even ordered some white Sette Duo bars from Pricepoint.com.
I’ll post that up as soon as I get some pictures. Heck I just installed the bars last night, so tonight will be its maiden voyage with my new bars, and the second ride with my new chain.
This past weekend, as you may have read in Moe’s pictorial ride report that we rode Aliso Woods. On our way down to a place called Dripping Cave, we stopped to rest and wait for the remainder of our group to catch up. As we were waiting this guy on a green single speed muscles his way up one of the hills. So in my normal social way, I started talking to the guy about single speeding and how I was at this same trail a few days ago with my SS and even commented on how hard it was.
He began telling us that he has been single speeding for nearly 5 years and that SS bikes are better because there’s less maintenance involved with them. It wasn’t until recently that he actually broke something on his bike, the chain. Joe Solancho asked him about the shirt he was wearing, Warrior Society…one of OC’s premiere mountain biking club/teams that are always hosting some crazy race. This fella tells us that he recently broke a new course record on his rigid SS at the Counting Coup race…Before I go on, just picture this guy to be super buff and veins are popping out everywhere. I’ve always have heard about SS riders are buffer because they are constantly grinding through everything. At the same time they’re are pushing and pulling on the bars which in return they get an upper body workout…
After we said our goodbyes, this guy, I think his name is Eric Hunner, I looked up the race results…left a pretty big impression on me. I was motivated to start riding my single speed more than I do my geared bikes. Mind you, this Saturday was the first time I had been on my geared bike since I’ve built up my SS…almost 3 months.
Anyway, because of this stranger I have this new found need to make sure that I master my single speed riding. I know it will be tough and I’m sure I’ll puke a few times, but having to put your body through that kind of harsh work is going to just make me a better rider as a whole.
I do feel kinda wrong talking about how a passing stranger made some sort of impact on me…it almost sounds Smurf encounter. But who cares, I’m pretty glad I did run into that fella, I’m sure its going to help me in the long run.
This evening when I got home from work, a sweet package was winking at me…it was the Sette Reken Frame! Pricepoint.com shipped it Friday afternoon and I got it today…and it was supposed to be UPS Ground…that’s wicked fast!
I was impressed on the care packaging that went on with the frame. It was bubbled wrapped at least 5 layers thick. The frame arrived flawless.
I really dig the matte black finish…
This thing is sooo sexy that it looks good enough to be part of anyone’s home decor. Heck when Priscilla saw the frame she let out a…”oooohhhh” and said…”mmm is that the new frame?”
There’s big plans for this frame and I’m going to keep you guy updated as I make some progress on the build.
Meet the Pricepoint.com Sette Reken Hard Tail frame.
The Sette Reken has to be one of the best bargains out there for frames…$69.98!!!! Here’s the specs:
Seatpost Size: 27.2mm
Seatpost Collar Size: 31.8mm (Included)
Front Derailleur Size, Pull and Swing: 31.8mm Top Pull/Top Swing
Bottom Bracket Width: 68mm
Drop Out Type and Width: 10mm Vertical Dropout
Material: 6061 Double-Butted Aluminum
Disc Mount: 51mm International Standard
Headset: 1 1/8″ Standard
Weight: 4.5 lbs
Max Tire Size: 2.3″
So I wonder what we’re going to make with this? Stick around and you’ll find out!
Here’s a hint…
From what other folks that I ride with have told me, yes it has.
Priscilla, Khoa, and even our very own Speedy Gonzales, Jeremy recently told me that I’m faster on my single speed. Moe, with his new 29er single speed has seen the same benefit as I have.
Here’s why I think I’m faster. First of all, I’m running a 32t in the front and an 18t in the back. This has been the right gearing for me. I had a 17t before and that was too hard to climb, a 20t was too spinnie for me. But what happens is, when I’m on the flats, I HAVE to spin at a higher cadence because of my gearing. Then when I’m about to climb, I have to gain enough momentum in order to make it up to the top.
Another factor that I’m finding is, I HAVE to keep spinning to maintain my momentum. It’s harder to start from a dead stop on a single speed than a multi geared bike. On a 9spd cassette, you can simply shift to the biggest cog and drop to your granny gear. But on a SS…what you have is what you get to work with.
Prime example, on a hill at this morning’s ride, I was spinning at a really high cadence. I had to make sure I kept that speed just so I could sail up the hill. But since I drank beer last night…my legs eventually gave out. I had to stop to rest. When I started again, it was hard to get going at first. So I spun fast enough to get the right speed and cadence to help me get to the top. But I gassed out at the last part of the climb…and I walked. But you get what I’m talking about right?
If you want to try to see how riding a single speed is. Then keep your chain on the middle gear in the front and about the 3rd or 4th gear from the bottom on the back. If you’re a 29er, then try to keep at a 20t in the back. You need a lower gear to get those big wheels moving. You’ll be tempted to shift because you think you’re going slower, but what ever you do, don’t! Spin with it and see how it feels. You’ll be surprised on how great of a work out you’ll get!
We received the Nirve Night Owl last week. We’ll be testing this bike as a daily commuter and as a single speed rigid bike. Though the Nirve doesn’t recommend that the Night Owl be used as a bike for the single track, I decided to see what kind of fun I could have with it.
This morning I woke up a bit earlier than normal so I could get out on the local trail to test ride the Night Owl. The bike rolls rather fast thanks to its 44t chain ring. The rear freewheel, from what I can tell maybe a 16t. The bike flies down the trail.
I went ahead and swapped out the tires with some Bontrager XR Jones for this purpose. The stock beach cruiser style tires wouldn’t do so well out on the moist trail.
After a few miles of initial testing, the Night Owl seems to do pretty well. The only thing I saw was some discoloration from the rim wall due to applying the brakes.
The Night Owl is also proving to be a great commuter bike. I’ve been testing this around Fullerton and Brea, Ca. and the bike is simply fun! For some weird reason, the Night Owl brings out the kid in me. The bars make me think that I’m riding a BMX, but the size and the speed does remind me of a mountain bike. Not only is it a handsome bike, but you immediately smile as soon as you take your first few pedal strokes.
Another set of cool cats we met were the fellas from FireEye Bikes.
They have hardware stuff for single speeders, bmx, mountain bikes, dirt jumpers and freeride fanatics.
Check out their SS kit.