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    Is my gearing rediculously low?

    40/15 fixed gear with a 16 tooth freewheel. Thats a gain-ratio of around 4.9-5.3 or barely 70 gear inches.

    I know that 42-15 is a popular non-track combination, but on my road bike that's my "having a really good day, here comes a tailwind gear." I also like to spin a fairly high cadence.

    Does anyone else (excluding SS mtb's) run gears that low?

    Am I missing anything by using lower gears?

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    I ran 52x20 for a while, which is 68 and change. Pretty nice for around town, gets you off the line quick. A little slow for long runs, but I also don't have any hills to deal with. Recently bumped it up to 48x18, which is 70. Seems to be working fine for me.
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    70 gear inches is pretty standard for road use, especially if you have to deal with hills.

    It might be a bit low if you're in a really flat area, but it's not ridiculous.
    And using a lower gear can give you a bit more control over speed, as well as making it a bit easier to skip and skid, if you're into that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCjolsen
    Is my gearing rediculously low?
    I don't know, is it? Do you fill like you spin too fast? If yes then your gearing may be too low for you, if no then it is probably fine.

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    It is neither rediculously low nor ridiculously low.

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    nah, it's not too low or too high for most folks. but how is it for you?

    by the way, i have 43x17, about 66 inches, i rhink. not bad at all.
    have:ea50 flats, black, light, stiff.
    144 bcd 3/32" 49t sugino track chainring, possibly 75.

    want: risers, light, stiff, 1", black if that can be
    144 bcd 46t or 47t chainring any kind or width

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    nah, it's not too low or too high for most folks. but how is it for you?

    by the way, i have 43x17, about 66 inches, i rhink. not bad at all.
    have:ea50 flats, black, light, stiff.
    144 bcd 3/32" 49t sugino track chainring, possibly 75.

    want: risers, light, stiff, 1", black if that can be
    144 bcd 46t or 47t chainring any kind or width

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    small gears on the street are way more fun. I ride 47x17, but I just got a 14t cog for kissena. I tried it on the street--no fun.

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    No, sounds about right to me. I run 40:17 so im really low. I once read traditional fixed gears ran about 63 gear inches to develop spin. Windy? No problem. Big hill? No problem.

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    I run 42-14, the acceleration is a bit slow but once I'm up to a comfortable speed I'm almost spinning out.

    But yea, it's really up to you, if it feels good then stick with it.

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    There were several polls about gearing in the past. Most people run something similar to you.

    what's your fixed gear inches for use on road?

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    45x18 here. Low on the street means more control, better acceleration, etc. I'm all for it.

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    yah if you can spin it smooth and it feels good then its cool right?!

    i gots 69.3 @ 44*17 and i stay around 0-300 ft above sea level

    but what does that mean

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    I got stuck with 46x19.

    My 48t chainring taco'd and 46 was the biggest they had at my LBS.

    No problems whatsoever... in fact, I rode my buddies 46x17 and I can barely tell the difference. Or is it just me?

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    I ride a 52x15 and it is a tough gear. hills are really tough especially towards the end of rides. But when you have a wide open road, you can really get some speed and that is what I enjoy.

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    48x16 here. How do you do the calculations?
    Last edited by pathdoc; 05-08-06 at 08:42 AM.

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    Either an online calculator like the one at sheldonbrown.com, a chart like the one at bikecult.com/works, or some old fashioned math (#t [front] * 27 / #t [rear]).

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    70 gear inches is actually quite a common choice for street gearing. I'm currently running 71, and a recent poll showed a lot of people in that range.

    I like it on the flats because I get a good spin going. I like it on the hills, because I can ride up them instead of walking, and can still keep up with the spin on downhills provided I've got the space to fly. All in all it's a great ratio for hilly areas, but chances are I'd still like it even if I lived in a flat area, because it sets up a good fast cadence for the flats, and it's flexible for the times when you need to stop a lot or ride slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G0balistik
    I ride a 52x15 and it is a tough gear. hills are really tough especially towards the end of rides. But when you have a wide open road, you can really get some speed and that is what I enjoy.
    Um, yeah, 52x15 is quite a tough gear. Probably good for the track.
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    52x18 on 27" wheels. A tall gear by my standards since I'm used to mt bikes. It's relatively easy to ride for the 2 miles to work every day through a slight river valley. I'm replacing it with a 46t mostly so that it's less brutal on my knees and I get quicker starts in traffic.

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    you get many years to try different gearings and improve leg strength. only one set of knees though.

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    I ride different gear inches depending on my mood.

    I like the speed that 77 or 82 gear inches gives me, and I like the control, especially downhill, of 70 or 72 gear inches.
    If I lived in a really hilly area, or rode in very heavy urban traffic, I could see 68 inches as very desireable.
    Fixed gear bikes provide more control and precision than do coasters, and lower gear inches mean even more control and precision.

    If a person has knee issues, it has more to do with body mechanics than gear inches.
    Higher gear inches only reveal the basic problem; they don't cause it.

    For gear inch calculations, go here:

    http://sheldonbrown.com/gears/

    Important: enter your correct wheel and tire size, and crank length; and consider choosing gear inches rather than gain ratio (for some reason, gear inches make more sense to me).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cox
    Higher gear inches only reveal the basic problem; they don't cause it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by www.sheldonbrown.com
    Gear Selection
    A principal cause of knee problems is over-stress as the result of using too high a gear. For more on this, see my article on Gear Shifting.
    honorable men can differ

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    doesn't 40-15 leave you with like one skid patch?

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    no, that would be 45-15 i think
    Sucks to your ass-mar!

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