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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 05-21-05, 03:08 PM   #1
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SS/MTB what gearing?

I just finished my SS/MTB. I currently have a 36X17 on it. That is a 54 inch gear. I think this is too high. I have many different cogs up to 30. What should I be riding. The singletrack hereis relativly flat and has only short climbs but they can be very steep and somtimes quite technical. On my geared MTB I have a 34 mid ring and I never use the 24 to climb anything. I have an 11/32 cassette. What would you guys that SS MTB suggest. would somthing in the mid 40s work? I am a spinner, I can maintain a 95/100 cadence. I'm 55 YY but in good shape.
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The trails around me are pretty steep, long, and technical, so I went with a 32/20 gearing for a gain of 1.5:1. I spin or flow the flatter areas.

Most people recommend starting with a 2:1 (32/16) for most stuff, then adjust accordingly from there, depending on your terrain.
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The trails around me are pretty steep, long, and technical, so I went with a 32/20 gearing for a gain of 1.5:1. I spin or flow the flatter areas.

Most people recommend starting with a 2:1 (32/16) for most stuff, then adjust accordingly from there, depending on your terrain.
Yonderboy, Thanks for the input. I'm using a spaced cassette hub on a horizontial dropout. I'm kicking it up to a 36X21 for tomorrows outing. Thanks again.
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