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What Makes Single-Speed Bikes so Appealing?

What Makes Single-Speed Bikes so Appealing?

From recreational riders to competitive racers, plenty of cyclists are opting for single-speed bikes these days. But what makes single-speed bikes so appealing in comparison to bikes with multiple gears? Let’s take a closer look.

More Bike, Less Money

On a single-speed bike, there are no gear cables, shifters or derailleurs to drive up the cost. This means that manufacturers are able to use better-quality components for a lower cost. You could save hundreds of dollars on a high-quality bike!

Simple and Easy

Single-Speed Bike

You’d be surprised how many people with multispeed bikes hardly ever shift gears. Why? Under normal riding conditions, you simply don’t need that many gears! Furthermore, changing gears on older bikes can sometimes be a clunky and frustrating process. Single-speed bikes have a more streamlined design, and many cyclists find them easier to ride. Because there’s less to think about when riding a single-speed bike, you can just relax and enjoy the scenery.

Low Maintenance

If you prefer a bike that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, a single-speed might be right for you. Rear derailleurs and shifters are the most common cause of bicycle malfunctions, but with a single-speed bike, you don’t have to worry about it. Their relative lack of moving parts makes these bikes a breeze to maintain. All you have to do is check the tire pressure, brake adjustment and chain tension, and you’re ready to ride!

If you’re on vacation in Nantucket and are interested in renting a single-speed bike or any other type of bike or scooter, be sure to visit Nantucket Bike Shop. Brought your own wheels? We also do repairs. Get ready to enjoy the beautiful seaside scenery of the island while cruising on the bicycle of your choice. 

Innovative Bike Helmet Mimics Brain Fluid to Prevent Concussions

Innovative Bike Helmet Mimics Brain Fluid to Prevent Concussions

Every year, about 25,000 Americans are admitted to the hospital with bicycle-related concussions and other traumatic head injuries. Although there are many strategies cyclists can use to stay safe on the road, the best way to avoid concussions is to make sure you wear a high-quality helmet whenever you ride. Not all helmets are created… Continue Reading

New Research Identifies Cognitive Benefits of Aerobic Exercise

New Research Identifies Cognitive Benefits of Aerobic Exercise

It’s no secret that regular exercise can benefit the health of your brain as well as the rest of your body, but until recently, researchers have focused primarily on studying the cognitive benefits of exercise in people 55 and older. According to a study just published in the journal Neurology, however, aerobic exercises like running,… Continue Reading

Innovative Bike Uses a Carbon Fiber Shaft Instead of a Chain

Innovative Bike Uses a Carbon Fiber Shaft Instead of a Chain

Chains are essential drive train components on most bicycles, but they’re not without their faults. Chains inevitably wear out over time, for example, and they can leave unsightly grease stains on pant legs if you’re not careful. If you’re tired of servicing the chain on your bicycle, you’ll be happy to know that a Danish… Continue Reading