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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)

View Poll Results: How many gear inches on your fixies/ss
<50 0 0%
50-55 0 0%
55-60 4 1.32%
60-65 19 6.29%
65-70 55 18.21%
70-75 123 40.73%
75-80 58 19.21%
80-85 38 12.58%
90> Patellar tendon surgery? 5 1.66%
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Old 03-03-06, 02:30 PM   #1
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What gear inch do you use?

I'm trying to find out what the average fixie uses. I like to spin 90-95 rpm on my roadie and we have alot of long hills out here in desert. I think I read that 70 gear inches is the norm?
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Old 03-03-06, 02:34 PM   #2
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there was a thread a few days ago about this, scroll back a couple pages and you should find a poll with a good distribution.
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what's your fixed gear inches for use on road?
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70 for me. Great for going up VT. hills, sorta slow coming down
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what's your favorite gear on the roadie?
use that.
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Old 03-03-06, 04:20 PM   #6
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85.7 -- I rounded down for the survey.

Would be higher but I live in one of those "foothills" cities where there's a sizeable elevation change just to go to the grocery store/class.
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Old 03-03-06, 04:38 PM   #8
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If you know how fast you expect to be going, what your desired cadence is, and your tire size, punch 'em in here to get a whole spreadsheet of values.

http://grit.homelinux.net/gi/
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85.8

and 88.2 on my beater... ouch. whodathunkit.
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Sincity - thanks for thinking of this thread/post. I am going to be going fixed after my pending move to MPLS/St. Paul and was wondering the same thing.

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65-70.....solo rides.
81 for group rides with slow roadies.
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I go just a teeny bit higher than my favorite roadie gear. If you are going to ride your fixie like you ride your road bike, keep in mind that a lot of the riders on this forum don't ride that way. Bombing around city streets is a lot different and has different gearing needs than hammering a 20-30 mile stretch of rural farm roads.
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49x19=67.4 gear inches.

Works fine for me, I was running 19x44 on the other bike and it was fine as a beginner gear but not so great going down hills, spins too fast. Great for skids though. Either way it can be really fun to roll a small gear and have that fast acceleration, but I think I'm also rather slowly get used to higher gears and have my legs get stronger.
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Old 03-07-07, 01:21 AM   #15
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I ride a 47x15 which gives me roughly 83 gear inches. Savannah(a very flat city) is my home, but i've had no problem for the past 3 weeks here in atlanta which is quite hilly.
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between 63.5-66
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69. The only time it gets annoying is on the long flat stretches when I get passed by a roadie. I may gear up at some point but I really like not having to get out of the saddle to climb.
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8 inches baby!....wait. No.
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46 x 18 = 67.2

I completely spin out on any sort of downhill, but at least I have no problem handling the uphills.
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50-92 depending on what I'm doing. I'll probably go down to 45 this year though. 50 is just to high for a lot of things.
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90.13 when i race. 52*15.
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48x18...69.3
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50 is just to high for a lot of things.

like what?
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75.6, so i just BARELY made it into the 75-80 category
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