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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 08-15-05, 10:28 AM   #26
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Old 08-15-05, 10:51 AM   #27
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I run 48x15 and 17 on my flip flop fixie.
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Old 08-15-05, 10:59 AM   #28
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I run 46:17 on my fixie, soon to be 46:19 (moving somewhere hilly). 2:1 is rarely an appropriate ratio, on or off road. If you swing over to the MTBR SS board, you'll see most of them running 32:18/19/22 or something along those lines. They think 2:1 is steep. And most fixed gear road rides think it's way too small, which I agree with.
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Old 08-15-05, 11:02 AM   #29
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53x11.

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Old 08-15-05, 01:15 PM   #30
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Old 08-15-05, 01:19 PM   #31
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50 x 16 and 49 x 16
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Old 08-15-05, 01:33 PM   #32
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46 Chainring, I have 13 thru 20 tooth cogs depending on my mood & training intentions that week. I've been running an 18 & 20 lately to work on spinning & that's been a lot of fun. I haven't changed the speed of my training, just increased the spinning, up to 165 to 170 cadence on the flats.
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Old 08-15-05, 03:41 PM   #33
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42x16 on my fixie
32x18 on my mountain bike. Though I have never taken it on the trails since I have converted it. May drop down to a 16.
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Old 08-15-05, 03:58 PM   #34
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Chicago is quite flat.
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Old 08-15-05, 04:58 PM   #35
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Presently 52X17 (81") in a rolling urban/suburban setting with a 800-1000' dynamic range.

I took a long time getting to 52X17, playing with 47t and 48t chainrings and 16t, 17t and 18t cogs on the way.

This winter I might go back down to 47X17 (72") for the control it offers.
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Old 08-15-05, 05:12 PM   #36
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40x13
Chicago may be flat, but I've forsaken my masher ways. Plus it is my first fixed so I kind of just took a shot in the dark on the gears.
Can we just make this thread sticky? seems like a common question
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Old 08-15-05, 05:28 PM   #37
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48x16 on 700c
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Old 08-15-05, 06:09 PM   #38
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42x14 right now. 700c. 175mm cranks. i only ever rode in one gear on my geared bike so i just picked whatever that ratio was when i built my fix.
but i'm thinking of making it 43x14 so i have more than 1 skid patch.
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Old 08-15-05, 06:48 PM   #39
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42x16 on the 700c SS cyclocross commuter. (170mm cranks)
36x16 on the 24" wheel SS urban rig. (175mm cranks)
34x16 on the 26" wheel SS mountain bike. (175mm cranks)
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Old 08-15-05, 07:55 PM   #41
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48x15 for the track... but I want higher still
48x17 IMHO the perfect city gear.
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Old 08-15-05, 08:05 PM   #42
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48x16 on my urbanite now with a freewheel so SS, need a back brake still. not need really but the front is getting raggedy, may as well replace with a matched set since it's SS from now on
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Old 08-16-05, 08:38 PM   #43
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Old 08-16-05, 08:45 PM   #44
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48x18. 165mm, 700cc.
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Old 08-16-05, 08:52 PM   #45
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Old thread!

50 x 17 on my nice bike
42 x 15 on my "beater"

both are used on the street, without hand brakes.
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Old 08-16-05, 08:54 PM   #46
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46x17, 700 x 25 tires, 170 mm cranks
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Old 08-16-05, 08:57 PM   #47
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52 x 18, eats hills.
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Old 08-16-05, 09:23 PM   #48
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49x18, switching to 17. 165 cranks
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Old 08-16-05, 09:46 PM   #49
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46x18 down from 48x18. and lovin' it. 9 skid patches!
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