If you are in search for a new bike, you have landed on the right page. It's a purchase that will last and you really want to make sure the choice is right and the bike ticks all the right boxes.
Considering a single speed bike is no longer a hipster priority, it's an obvious choice for a robust low maintenance reliable machine with lower costs and consistently high performance compared to it's geared relative.
Most European cities, after all, are flatter than your average beer belly and it's proven that trips up to 7 miles in urban areas are usually faster by bike compared to driving and any trips up to 3 miles will be most certainly faster.
When choosing a bike you will most likely be entangled between many questions at a time but it's good to tackle these three first.
Daily Commute | City Commute | Short to Long Distance
Most single speed bikes are designed along the lines of a racing bike and are great for both, short and long distance cycling. The minimalist racing bike design sure attracts many eyes but is also one of the more comfortable rides, especially for longer distances. With one of these bikes, you will be comfortable in both, urban and countryside areas on tarmac. See the bikes here: https://single-speed.co.uk/collections/bicycles/Single-Speed-Bikes
City Commute | Short Distance | Comfort
If your commute is shorter and mostly urban, you may like to go with a more classic bicycle design. City bikes are sure a very comfy ride and are designed to fit specifically urban areas. It would be hard to do a long distance on a beach cruiser but bikes like Dandy, Plume or Pure will also take you a long way.
See the bikes here: https://single-speed.co.uk/collections/bicycles/City-Bikes
Off Road | Gravel | Adventure
For those of you loving to get off the beaten track and exploring some tracks off-road as well as to commute, the best option would probably be the Cyclo-Cross type of bikes. They are built with geometry similar to road bike yet adjusted for off-road use. Coming at a higher price, the difference in durability is also significant.
See the bikes here: https://single-speed.co.uk/collections/bicycles/Cyclo-Cross
Surely, it's a common knowledge, the lighter the bike, the better, but is it all so?
Sometimes, when shaving off those grams of a bike you start compensating the loss with other attributes. Often it comes to the composite of the frame itself and sometimes lighter bikes can be stiffer. It's not necessarily a bad thing but it will affect your comfort for a pleasant city ride. I personally prefer steel over aluminium for my city commuter as it absorbs the impurity of the road better, but if you are thinking of taking your bike for a track day or be first off from the traffic lights, perhaps the weight is an issue then.
There is a recent blog post on frame materials that look in depth what frame is it better to choose here: https://single-speed.co.uk/blogs/single-speed-co/steel-or-aluminium
Typically, cheaper bikes will be built from a cheaper frame composite material resulting in heavier bikes and more expensive ones will have better composite. Read the blog on frame materials to gain more in-depth info on the topic.
It is not a secret, more money will buy you a better bike, but how far should you go without overspending?
Of course, if you are limited by budget, it will be a game of priorities. Don't be scared to compensate for weight and look at it as an extra training for your legs. Besides, the weight issue only comes into play for acceleration and climbs. Of course, if the style is your priority, no questions asked and go with what you like the most.
If your budget stretches further, make sure you note your requirement, write them on paper and then tackle the question by a method of exclusion. Sure, it's nice to get those carbon forks on your new bike and they will take you up the hill faster, but of course, it will cost you.
Generally, anything below £350 will be a budget bike, £400 can get you a good quality basic steel and anything above will start treating you with some extras.
One of the hardest things to decide on is getting the sizing right, especially if you order your bike online. You don't want to be in a situation where you need to return a bulky parcel or end up uncomfortable on your new ride.
Fortunately, it is quite straightforward. There isn't one size that fits all but most of the single speed bikes fit a similar size pattern. We have created a universal size guide but for better precision, you should follow the size guides on each bike individually. Here at Single Speed Co., we have added a bike sizing chart to every single bike in our store to make your choice flawless.
If you ever find yourself in between of sizes, always go for the smaller option.
A bike too large can make your ride fairly uncomfortable. If you would like to read more on sizing, here is a blog post on How to Choose the Right Size Bike
Is it going to be comfy?
Yes. Although some bikes due to their geometry may take time to getting used to, especially for those of you who have been riding a different bike before, all bikes can be adjusted for a more comfortable ride. We have a blog with simple steps on how to fit your bike here: https://single-speed.co.uk/blogs/single-speed-co/100126023-how-to-fit-a-bike-4-things-you-need-to-know
What to do now?
Now you can start exploring and shopping for your new partner in crime. Click here for a range of our Single Speed Bikes.