’1 on It’ Video Celebrates the Passion of a Singlespeeder

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Warning: Explicit lyrics

Introduction by Francis Cebedo

Kurt Gensheimer, one of mtbr’s members and writers wrote and produced one of the most entertaining bike videos of the year. He collaborated with his Team Buycell.com team mates to create the song and shoot the video with Theo Dilworth of All Out Productions.

Kurt is an elite road, cross and mountain bike racer but he is most at peace when hammering up ridiculously steep hills on his singlespeed. He has written several articles for Mtbr and Carreview.com and he holds the record for most commented pieces and most watched videos in the organization.

He is also the propietor of CarbonFrameRepair.com, an outfit that will flawlessly repair damaged carbon frames. He can be reached at:

Kurt Gensheimer
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email: info at carbonframerepair dot com


We asked Kurt to describe the creation and production of the song and video:

The inspiration for “1 On It” came while sitting in the parking lot of Ashland Mountain Adventures after bombing down Ashland Mountain on our singlespeeds. My buddy Cesar was blasting “I Got 5 On It” by Luniz, and the infamous Timmy C started shouting “I Got One On It….” That was all I needed to get the ball rolling.

One of my favorite genres of music is early ’90s hip hop, as it represents a remarkable blend of creativity through sampled rock, jazz and funk beats mixed with masterful record scratching and poetic lyrics. I grew up watching YO! MTV Raps, which is perhaps where I learned a few moves.

It took me about 5 to 6 hours to write the lyrics, because I wanted to keep the rhymes, flow and pentameter as true to the original as possible. If you play the two next to each other, you can see the rhyme similarities.

I recorded the song in November 2010, and we didn’t shoot the video until a few weeks back at Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWC) in San Francisco. I knew there was only one guy who could shoot and edit this video – Theo Dilworth of Allout Productions. Being a professional mountain bike videographer and editor with a background in DJ music, he was the perfect person to shoot “1 On It”.

Brock D, my counterpart in the video, grew up immersed in the Oakland hip hop scene of the late 80′s. His claim to fame was, as senior class president in high school, he wrote a rap song about a hermaphrodite, and performed it over the PA system in homeroom. Unfortunately the staff didn’t appreciate his talents as much as the student body did, and he was promptly expelled.

We shot most of the rap scenes on Twin Peaks above the city, and also shot on the porch step of my friend’s house in the Haight. All the other footage was either from Theo’s archives or shots he took during the Saturday qualifier for the SSCXWC.

It was an incredibly fun experience, and the gear(!) in my head is already turning on another hip hop parody related to the joys of singlespeeding.

Kurt Gensheimer, proprietor of CarbonFrameRepair.com




Player, give me some gears an I might just ride
But I’m the type that like to dish out pain an roll
Like Crimson Tide
I’m steal koozies spit loogies when I ride on it
Got one speed on it and that’s just enuff on it
Go get the S the I-n-g-l-e
Fifty-two twenty-three
Rollin’ up East Zayante
So all you wack derailleurs suck my Ding Dong
I’m gone, whips with gears Live Wrong
It’s on, wrap my legs around my steel pony
An when it comes to catch a geared phony
My quads kick in like Tony
No, me ain’t no Romi to begin with,
It’s too many gears to be poppin’ when I’m shiftin’
Unless you pull out the chain whip
One ****in’ gear on the rear before I clip
Cos I gots dem straight up vacuum lungs
An if you try to drop me
I’ll holla “dum-de-dum-dum”
I ride to school with a cog on my earlobe
Avoidin’ all the lame fixies, pixies and EMOs
I be rollin’ ‘cross the land like where the end at
Gimme ein gang
You look long, I pass yo ass, mack.
Suck on my wake like a rowboat, I’m furious
My pace will make a roadie dope delirious like Vino
I got more groupies than BSNYC
Cos fixies nag me
When I wear my baggies 

I got one on it
It’s the only one I need
I got one on it
‘Cause I ride a single speed
I got one on it
Lose the gears and not go back
I got one on it
Shifting is so very wack

I take my single to a race
Whenever I can
It ain’t no crutch
I’m so amped up
After I hit some contraband
This time I roll n be a lap up
I’m passin’ yo
So get yo ass up out my path, bra
You might get hit
Don’t even start with your *****in’
Cos I turn a gear that’s bigger than your pension
An I’ll be damned if you ride tension single speed
Hell no, you betta lose that Singulator, chief
Wassup, don’t make me ride that
‘Cause it’s got ramped COGS
Don’t ride it cos you gonna rack your balls, bra
Crack under pressure, homie, you dreadin’ it
Cos you know bein’ DFL is awful lonely
I don’t take no whiz test, I keep it real
I got no license, ‘cause USAC is for dweebs bro
An every time we with Ceas that fool rollin’ up a fatty
While Timmy said he straight had me

I got one on it
It’s the only one I need
I got one on it
‘Cause I ride a single speed
I got one on it
Lose the gears and not go back
I got one on it
Shifting is so very wack

Hey, that bike is tight man
It must be light man
Looks like my bike that got stolen off the Caltrain
You run, I chase
Forget about police
Don’t need no 5-0, just rolled you flat in the street
I wish I could buy some Ti
Ain’t in the budget
Still rollin’ stamped steel, but don’t you judge it
They be cheap yo, hecho Mexico
Get me rings that don’t bend when I slay, bro
Calculate and write it down
Up in the B-E-E the Town
On iPhone apps we frown
Just look up Sheldon Brown
Don’t you ease up
Speed up through the Esco drink the S-T-O-N-E up
Wit my hoodie bill up
Now its time to roll-ah, I’mma roll ya
I’m quick to throw a jump, poundin’ dirt like a bulldozah
Hold up, suck off my wheel is all you do
You still get beat, ‘cos where I be is at the finish yellin’ woo-woo

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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