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    what gear inches range is good?

    current riding a single speed. my gear inches is about 65 right now, it is too low. I am planning to get a new freewheel and that will bring it up to 75. is it still too low? toronto is flat, hills are no problems. should i try in the 85 to 90 gear inches range?

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    That's a question that only you can answer.

    The good news is that single speed freewheels are reasonably priced so making a mistake isn't too costly. I'd go down one tooth from what you have now. If you find that's still too low, buy a new freewneel that's a tooth smaller yet. At some point you'll find that you also have to shorten your chain.

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    And, it's not just hills; accelerating from a stop and urban riding..big gears mean standing.

    Mid-70s are good for me.

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    What do your friends in the SSFG forum say?
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    Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. ~ Charles Schultz

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