Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: San Francisco, CA
Bikes: 2 Felt F1X's, Surly Steamroller Fixed / Free, 2007 IF Crown Jewel, 2007 IF Planet X Singlespeed
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Would it be weird/possible to run 39:17?
ok, so i'm trying to figure out the best gearing for my new steamroller. The majority of my riding will be on fairly hilly roads (vermont) and rolling, cyclocross-style off roading. i'm gonna race it too, or at least have it for my pit bike, so i dont mind hopping off the bike and running with it when/if it gets too steep. yes, i know about the cross check but i like the 'roller much better. anyway, my process to figure out the best gearing has been to take my geared bike out and find a gear that works best for the styles of riding i mentioned. well, that seems to be 39:17, which is close to a 2:1 ratio. lots of ppl seem to run a 42 up front and either a 16 or 18 in the back for this kind of riding, but i think that might be a little to tall for me. so...am i crazy? is this a weird gearing? illuminate me....