When you were growing up, it’s dollars to donuts that your favorite bicycle was a one speed bicycle. As a matter of fact, except for the fancy Schwinn three speed that some adult you knew owned, one gear was all tat anyone had.
Of course with the boundless energy of youth, one speed was really all you needed. Speed up to go fast, slow down to go slow, slam on the brakes when necessary. Then as time marched on, both for you and for technology, the amount of gears you could expect to find on a bike climbed from five to ten to fifteen and beyond.
And you convinced yourself not only that you needed all those gears, but also that you could manage then effectively. That was, for most people, a dream. Unless you are a professional racer the likelihood that you could differentiate enough between fifteen or eighteen gears to be able to select the proper gear for each situation, or that you could even remember the ratios and how to get from one to the next is highly unlikely.
More likely you settled on two or three gears, often on one sprocket, that you used for all situations. One for hills one for cruising and one for when you felt like showing off. And all of the other gears sat fallow.
Then more years passed. Maybe you lost your desire to be pounding out the miles on the open road and instead would like to get back to the simple enjoyment of a leisurely ride. Fortunately, once again your timing is good. There is a new surge of interest in the best of the single speed bikes available in stores today. From any of the many hybrid bikes available for commuters or simply beach cruising, to simpler versions available at the local big box store, there is sure to be a version to fit your needs.
Fat tires, skinny tires, tires in between. Baskets and brackets and bells and whistles galore if that’s what you yearn for. Heavy or light or either or neither. Yellow or pink or black or blue.
Be honest, you don’t need all those gears. Why would you. The simplicity and durability of a one speed bike make it the bicycle of choice for any who do not still imagine that they could compete with others on a regular basis. Or that they would want to.