A single speed bike is a great choice for many cyclists. It’s simple, reliable, and doesn’t require much maintenance. But if you’re looking to go faster on your single speed ride, you might be wondering how to make it happen without spending a lot of money on new gear or upgrading components. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to boost performance without breaking the bank on upgrades or buying new bikes entirely (though I won’t stop you from doing that either). Here are some easy tips for making any single speed bike faster:
- Remove gear shifters: You won’t be using these anymore! You’re going for a simpler and more minimalistic look, after all. Remove the two cables leading from your brake levers to your rear derailleur and cut them off close to their ends with sharp scissors or wire cutters.
- Remove front derailleur: Remove it by unscrewing its mounting screws, then unhooking the cable that attaches it to your chainrings and pulling it out of the way so you can get at those other components later (you’ll need both hands free).
Upgrading components is a good way to make your bike faster. It’s not always the best way, though. You can upgrade components without changing the geometry or weight of the bike. The most common upgrades are wheels and tires. These are cheap, easy ways to improve your bike’s speed and handling on flat roads or paths.
If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, you may want to consider upgrading other parts like seatposts or handlebars as well as upgrading brakes for better stopping power when descending hills at high speeds.
Adjust Tire Pressure
- Lowering the tire pressure:
This is one of the easiest ways to make your bike faster. When you lower the pressure, you increase the responsiveness of your tires and make it easier to corner. Low tire pressures do come with a few downsides though – they’re more likely to puncture, they’re less comfortable, and they generally have a shorter life span than higher-pressure tires. That said, if you are racing or riding on smooth surfaces all day long then lower pressures can be worth it because they let you corner better than high-pressure tires would allow.
- Raising Tire Pressure:
If you want a faster ride but don’t want to deal with reduced responsiveness and less grip then raising your bike’s tire pressure may be better for you than lowering it! This comes at a cost though; increased rolling resistance means using more energy (and burning more calories) per mile ridden so we recommend keeping this option in mind only if speed isn’t a priority for you during rides but comfort is!
Get A Bigger Rear Sprocket
- You can get a bigger cassette. The size of the teeth on your bike’s rear sprocket is determined by how many cogs are attached to it. So, if you want to make your bike go faster, simply buy an 11-tooth cog and replace the current one with it. This will make all of your other gears smaller and thus slightly harder to pedal if you’re going up hills—but hey! You’ll be moving faster!
- You can get a bigger chainring. If changing out one small cog doesn’t quite give you enough speed boost, consider replacing the entire chainring (the thing that holds all those cogs) with something larger than the original equipment manufacturer’s recommendation for this bike—which is usually about 46T or 48T for most mountain bikes without suspension forks.
- You can get a bigger chain. If changing out both small parts doesn’t do enough for your comfort level with regard to speed on flat surfaces (and not having any hills), try replacing the whole length of chain from derailleur cage through front tire spokes with something substantially heavier than what came stock when you bought this bike.
Adjust Seat Height & Position
A properly adjusted seat height and position are essential to maximizing your bike’s efficiency.
- Sit on your bike in the normal riding position, with both feet firmly on flat ground, and adjust the seat height so that you can touch the ground with both feet. This will ensure that you have enough room for power when pedaling up steep hills or sprinting at top speed.
- Positioning your saddle is also important. The most efficient pedaling position is where one leg is almost straight when fully extended while the other goes into a slight bend along with it; this allows for even distribution of power throughout both legs as they pedal in unison (rather than just relying on one limb).
Lower the bike’s front end
It’s possible to lower the front end of a single speed bike by using a shorter fork. You can also use a longer stem and/or spacers between the bars and headset, but that may look funny. Another option is swapping out your seatpost for one that’s shorter or even the same length as your current one with an extra-long dropper post (for example, if you have 60mm of travel on your seatpost and go for an 80mm dropper).
Clean and lube your chain
- Clean and lube your chain. If you’ve ever ridden around with a dirty chain, you know how much it can slow down your bike. Even if you don’t have time to take your bike in for an overhaul, cleaning and lubing your chain will make it easier to pedal for longer periods of time.
- Use a degreaser like Simple Green or Krud Kutter on a rag to wipe off the dirt from the chain and sprockets (the gears). Then use a high-quality chain cleaner—like Simple Green’s specially formulated Chain Cleaner & Degreaser—to remove any remaining residue before wiping off with another rag soaked in water (or even better, alcohol).
Use carbon clincher wheels
Carbon wheels are lighter, stronger and stiffer than alloy wheels. This means that carbon clinchers can handle higher tire pressures without breaking spokes or flexing the rim sidewall. Carbon rims also absorb less road shock than an alloy rim, which makes them better at smoothing out rough roads.
The drawback to going with carbon clinchers is cost: they’re much more expensive than alloy rims. But if you’re willing to spend more now in order to save time and energy later on, go with a pair of carbon rims (assuming your bike can handle them).
Changing to slick tires
Slick tires, or “slicks,” are designed to be as aerodynamic as possible. They have no tread or grooves to collect mud and dirt. This keeps your bike moving fast even when the road gets slick with mud or wet leaves. Slick tires also tend to be more comfortable than knobby tires because they don’t have any bumps underneath them; this makes them easier on your body and allows you to ride longer without getting sore. Finally, slick tires are generally more durable than knobby ones because they’re constructed with several layers of rubber instead of just one layer (like a car tire).
However, these advantages come at a cost: Slick tires are more expensive than standard mountain bike tires and require special care so that they last longer—and may not provide traction in wet conditions if you’re not careful about how much pressure is in the tube.
You can make any bike faster, including a singlespeed.
You can make any bike faster, including a singlespeed. The best way to make a bike faster is to remove the weight. That’s it! The second-best way is to increase power output, but it’s not very effective in most cases because of all the friction in your drivetrain and wheels. And even if you have an aerodynamic frame and wheels, increasing power doesn’t do much unless you’re working with a really heavy or low-output bike (like some sit-up-and-beg cruisers). This is why most people who want to go faster on their bikes turn into roadies and get fatter tires for more traction instead of upgrading components. Because those upgrades are more reliable ways of getting over hills without slowing down too much on inclines or losing momentum during descents due to lack of air resistance!
You can make any bike faster, including a single speed. However, you do need to be careful about your choices as some upgrades will have a greater impact on performance than others.