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    Century on a fixed gear...

    I know there are probably other threads about this, but I couldn't really find what I was looking for...I am planning on doing a century on my track bike... With rolling hills, what would be a good gear ratio? I will be riding with a brake...
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    I'd suggest a 71 - 74" gear. Hope this helps.

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    I've done them running 69 inches but also had 78 inches on the flip side and used that after all of the long climbs were out of the way...
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    Ok thanks, this helps. I think I will go with 75, but I guess I could take some extra cogs if that doesn't feel good.

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    I run about 70" but how do I know how strong you are or how nasty your hills are?

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    I run a 70-- 48x18 -- I have been able to get up some pretty long and steep hills-- the only down side is the downhills-- I use the brake to control the speed on the downhills-

    Riding a century on a fixie is a blast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mosscoveredhat
    .....but I guess I could take some extra cogs if that doesn't feel good.
    I assume you won't be using a lockring if you'll be swapping cogs on the road. The axle nut wrench is all you need. Of course, running a flip flop hub is more practical and faster.
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    I would consider the last part of the ride the most important and
    under gear. I think at mile 75 you will be glad you are rolling 71 inches
    instead of 74 or higher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by -=Łem in Pa=-
    I would consider the last part of the ride the most important and
    under gear. I think at mile 75 you will be glad you are rolling 71 inches
    instead of 74 or higher.
    That would all depend on the ride profile....
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    i've ridden 3 fixed centuries, and 1 metric, of varying terrain. one thing i can say is that do a few practice runs of about 30 miles or so with in any ratio you're thinking about using. i'm 23, very fit, and have healthy knees but BOY does that 1 tooth up or down change things around mile 85-90. my knees felt like a trainwreck after moving from a 15 rear to a 14 rear for the same century ride, 3 months apart from each other.

    for the flats, i like a 74.

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    I did 125 miles in rolling hills on 70.6, and a few metrics with this ratio as well. It felt pretty good but once the headwind got blowing I may have been comfortable with even less. So personally I would say around 70, depending on the hills, the wind, what you have to carry, and your legs.

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    i've gone 70 miles on 47/17 whatever that is. pretty rolling terrain west of boston.
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