I am converting a nice early 70s Condor Baracchi (Reynolds 531DB) into a fixie and wondering what gearing I should rig it with. Back in the day (mid 70s) my fixie (we called them fixed-gear back then) was geared at 74 inches.
I am 30 lbs heavier, 35 years older and about 5 mph slower. I will use the bike for 15 mile (or shorter) rides over rolling terrain. The bike will probably be about 20-21 lbs
Is 74 inches still a reasonable and common gearing for a fixie? Or should I go lower.
My inclination is to go lower since I am in worse shape, but at the same time, I can no longer spin at a super high cadence on downhills like I did when I was 19 yrs old.