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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: Crank length
162.5mm 0 0%
165mm 81 39.71%
167.5mm 9 4.41%
170mm 83 40.69%
172.5mm 8 3.92%
175mm 23 11.27%
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Old 03-24-07, 06:39 PM   #1
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what crank length do you use on your fixie?

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Old 03-24-07, 06:55 PM   #2
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165, because it's the coolest of all crank lengths.
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Old 03-24-07, 07:04 PM   #3
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I have a set thats 172.5 too but I can't vote twice.
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Old 03-24-07, 07:12 PM   #4
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You math nerds and your millimeters crack me up, I measure cranks by squinting at them over my thumb.
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Old 03-24-07, 07:17 PM   #5
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i dont even measure.




just look for the number stamped into them....
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Old 03-24-07, 07:17 PM   #6
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You math nerds and your millimeters crack me up, I measure cranks by squinting at them over my thumb.
the ones I have say the length on the back
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Old 03-24-07, 07:18 PM   #7
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You math nerds and your millimeters crack me up, I measure cranks by squinting at them over my thumb.
You don't even want to know what body part I use for reference.
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Old 03-24-07, 07:20 PM   #8
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I run 170s 171s and 165s
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Old 03-24-07, 07:25 PM   #9
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I voted 170mm. I have three running 170 and two with 165.
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Old 03-24-07, 08:38 PM   #10
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Track bike - 170, w/ narrow pedals, so no pedal clip, but I'm not so sure I could swap out the GR-9's and keep zero pedal strike risk...

Road converter - 175 with a low BB, it's a death trap in all senses and what I learned on. I need to throw some 165's on that thing...
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Old 03-24-07, 09:08 PM   #11
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road: 170
cross: 172.5
fixed: 165
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Old 03-24-07, 09:09 PM   #12
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172.5, 6'-3" tall
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road 172.5mm
singlespeed 170mm
XC bike 175mm.
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Old 03-24-07, 09:15 PM   #14
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You don't even want to know what body part I use for reference.
your forearm? here's to cubit-length crankarms...
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165mm now, but soon to be 170mm.
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167.5 because I like to be a difficult customer
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170mm on the around town conversion, 175mm on the Langster. I went with 175mm because that's what I've always used on mtn, ss, and road bikes. You get used to a length..
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Fixed gear: 165mm
Singlespeed: 170mm
Road bike: 175mm
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165 because thats what I got for christmas.
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Old 03-26-07, 12:05 AM   #20
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165 because bikeforums told me so
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Old 03-26-07, 12:34 AM   #21
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Old 03-26-07, 02:01 AM   #22
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175 on the fixed, but only because they're still the stock ones. I really wanna get some 167.5's.
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Old 03-26-07, 02:28 AM   #23
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i use 165s on my road bike too.
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Old 03-26-07, 06:16 AM   #24
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When there's a moderator who goes by [170], I'll use those.
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Old 03-26-07, 10:22 AM   #25
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For reasons of high spin rates and ground clearance, 165 probably makes the most sense for fixed gear.

However, my first fixie came from the factory with 170's, and it felt OK, and, leaning the bike into the down-side pedal, I had to lean it so far I could not imagine ever having pedal strike.

A friend put 175's on his conversion, since he used 175's on his regular road bike.
He experienced pedal strike and found just going down to 170's gave him sufficient clearance, even with the lower bottom bracket of a conversion frame.
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