Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - compatible chainrings
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08-23-04, 12:41 PM
i just moved from a really hilly area to a pretty much flat area, and need to change gears. i was at 40x17, and am thinking about going to a 42 or 44 tooth chainring. so question number one: what chainrings are compatible with sugino cranks? and question two: which gear would be better for a general beater/riding to class bike? i've heard a lot of people recommending 42x17 as a solid gear to use, so i think i'm leaning toward that. i'm also thinking about buying a new wheel or two, so a flip flop hub could be a possibility for different terrain.
08-23-04, 12:54 PM
It may be cheaper to just get a smaller cog and keep your 40 ring, but if that doesn't give you a ratio you want:
To find compatible chainring- Check the bcd on your cranks. Sugino track cranks should be 144. Get 1/8" or 3/32", whatever you're currently running. Sugino, campy, shimano, salsa and many more companies make good rings. From my experience, you get what you pay for (up to a point) i.e. avoid el-cheap-o rings.
To find the right ratio- I'd test ratios on a geared bike and use what works best for you. Advise on the net is going to have quite a bit of variation based upon abilities, topography etc. That said, it's pretty flat here and I usually run around 44x16 up to 47x15.
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