One of my blog readers, David Stevens, has kindly sent me this photo of his Specialized Allez 2014 model which he has adapted into a single speed version. David has added a few details of this unique bicycle within a comment he left on a review I did of the Allez – click here – to read his account.
It goes without saying that single speeds aren’t everyone’s ideal bike. I have heard and read some serious debates on the issue with strong views being expressed. Myself, I think there is some real attraction in the simplicity of a single speed. Providing the terrain you cycle in doesn’t contain too many steep hills and you choose a sensible gear in the first place, I think this is a realistic option with much appeal.
David also explains “I have a 9 speed chain with a narrow/wide chainring, gearing is 42*16 for approx 70inch. To add gears all I have to do is drop on a rear mech, cable and shifter and cassette. With the n/w chainring a front guide is not needed. I sometimes drop the gears on for group rides, nine on the back, single chainring, 11/30. I fit the shifter (MTB trigger style) on a stubby, which is a little stub sticking out from the stem, just behind the bars, but 99% of the time I ride single speed”.
Thank you David for sending this through, I much appreciate it. I bet your bike rides really nicely and those wheels must surely make quite a difference.
Some further detailed photos: