A singlespeed bike, I’ve been riding it now since 2012
I’ve ridden this Pompino inglespeed bike for a little over 18 months now. I ridden over 2200 kilometres on it. Well over half of my rides, are Sundays rides with friends. Them on ‘real’ rode bikes with gears. Mostly between 60 and 90 kms outings with an occasionally ride of over 90 kms, in fact even managed this summer a 111 kms outing, my legs were good that day.
Since the month of October 2012.
I now have a ‘real’ road bike, which can be seen on my post https://www.minty95.com/xa0a this keeping my mates happy. Although I’ve always managed to keep up with them distance wise. Speed wise I cannot. On the downhills you just can’t go any faster ….. and some uphills can be slow going.Singlespeed means you can drop into a big or little gear so you are penalised
The Pomino I’m keeping. It’s the ideal ride to work and back bike. No maintenance, just a quick wipe on the chain sometimes, and nothing else. It’s not quite as fast as my Cannondale CAAD10 3 as that has gears, but its fun and keeps my legs in better shape.
Update 2016 : Sold the Cannondale. When on the road I’m on the singlespeed again, the Pompino frame has been sold for the newer version. V4. Same frame just slightly longer.
So I sold the Cannondale, I don’t really need three bikes (as I ride less and less these days, between the seances of Crossfit, the gym and now a personal coach once a week. I just don’t have the time.
Finally I still have three bikes as I still have my Van Nicholas mountain bike https://www.minty95.com/ymhf
And recently bought a Orange Gravel RX9, but haven’t done a post about it.
I sold the Pompino to re buy it. The latest version V4. Again from https://www.planetx.co.uk/ also I went from a medium frame the large size. I found it better suited to my size being 1.77m
I recuperated all the parts from the old frame except I changed the chain and main drive ring for a new one.
The ride is the same as before though a little more stable as it’s bigger or rather longer. When I’m riding roads the Pompino is still just great. I mostly ride on my own these days as most of my biking friends have moved on, or moved away. I’m still riding anything from 50k to 100k rides,
June 2016, a 100k ride, with around 1000m dénivelé.
100 kilometres on a singlespeed bike. I’m pleased with my legs and health as it’s far harder than a standard road bike.