Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - PDX gearing
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Just Curious, what gears are the PDX folks riding?
I'm at 46-16 and possibly looking for a change.
Sorry for the mundane post, chained to the work desk on a
slow afternoon with hours ahead of me.
10-06-07, 03:45 PM
portland is pretty flat for the most part....high(er) gearing makes sense
Cog trading should be more common. They cost almost nothing to ship. The trading thread here doesn't really work well for some reason.
10-06-07, 03:51 PM
I like my 42 x 16 here, but I live up a hill.
10-06-07, 03:56 PM
For riding just about anywhere in the metro area, I opt for around 68". 46x18 or something close is what most of us are using for winter training. It's low enough to get over most of the hills and high enough to spin down the other side without going full eggbeater.
Bike Central stocks EAI cogs in the larger sizes.
My bike had 48/15 when I first got it, and the city was rideable on that but overall felt a little steep and hard on the knees for the city. So I ride 48/17 which has been great so far.
10-06-07, 05:00 PM
48/17 or 49/17 is about perfect for Portland. 75".
10-06-07, 08:41 PM
I'm running 52/18...seems to get me around nicely so far.
48/17. i live on top a hill sort of but other than that its all easy
10-07-07, 12:13 AM
48-17 and I got no complaints.
I thought about dropping down some but I don't have trouble getting anywhere I ride.
Though riding up all the way up Broadway can get annoying.
I have nothing to add to this thread besides the fact that I have a great urge to move to Portland.
10-07-07, 02:54 AM
When i lived there i rocked...
I settled on the 48:16...
But if your really got a question.... You should drop by the Stumptown on 3rd and ask all the messengers and wannabes...
10-07-07, 09:37 AM
48:18, a little spinny but not bad. Been thinking about going to 17, maybe for winter...
10-07-07, 09:58 AM
42:15 but im looking to change that
10-07-07, 10:31 AM
48x17 and 43x17, and 43x16 when i lived there. i liked 43x16 as i wasn't spinning out, and could go fast as long as i could spin, and it was also easy stopping and easy climbing. portland's mostly flat, but you can hit hills if you want, it's got some big hills. notice i said "big hills", not "mountains", in case any people from colorado or something want to give me **** for that.
10-07-07, 11:15 AM
48x17, though I also rode that in Florida.
10-07-07, 11:37 AM
portland is pretty flat for the most part...Right, except for the hills. One of only two US mainland cities with an extinct volcano in its city limits (Bend is the other one).
Mount Tabor (http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=45.51265&lon=-122.59171&datum=nad27&layer=DRG)
10-07-07, 07:11 PM
yeah, but they're pretty easy to avoid.
48x17, though I also rode that in Florida.
yeah i rode it in VA too
10-07-07, 09:48 PM
yeah, but they're pretty easy to avoid.Well, you can usually find a way around the steeper bits. But not always.
When we first moved here a couple years ago, our rental flat was about halfway up Mt. Tabor. If the place you want to get to is significantly higher (or lower) from where you are, there's nothing for it. You learn hills or you don't ride.
48x18T fixed and I climb the SW hills lots. (Skyline, Germantown, Thompson).
10-08-07, 03:10 AM
a bit spinny but i got used to it and lately have been really really enjoying the control. i commute in and out of down town and east side a couple times a day so it works out great. used to have 46-16, that was nice too but my knees got over it after a lot of commuting. i'd guess 46-17 would be perfect
10-08-07, 03:43 AM
I was running 48-15 for a while, but I'm an old man with a bad knee. ;)
I live deep in SE, its pretty flat, but if I want to head downtown or NE, there's a few hills. I like coming down Foster where it turns onto 50th. That's a nice hill to haul ass on - if no cars are on YOUR ass. Also Division from 50th to 46th is a nice flat stretch - I can usually hit about 25mph there, right before stopping at Stumptown. :)
10-08-07, 05:09 AM
man, i can't wait to move to portland in april.
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