What Speed Is A Single Speed Bike?

The speed of a single speed bike depends partly on how fast you cycle. If your single speed bike is a fixed gear, then you can expect to go from 60 mph on open roads to over 100 mph with 105T chainring.

What confuses many beginners is the word single speed. The word single here doesn’t mean any specific speed. It just means that the bike has only one speed because it only has one gear. The opposite of single speed bike is multiple or variable speed bike.

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Single Speed Bike Basics

The Retrospec Critical Cycles Single-Speed Urban Commuter Bike
The Retrospec Critical Cycles Single-Speed Urban Commuter Bike

A single speed bike can also be referred to as a freewheeler. It has only one gear or drivetrain to propel the bike forward.

Riding a single speed bike is super easy because you can pedal without using too much force. Many folks use single speed bikes to cruise around town, run quick errands, or riding up and down hills.

You can also coast on a single speed bike. Coasting simply means riding without putting your feet on the pedals. This can give you some minutes of relaxing during long rides.

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