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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 07-12-07, 10:57 PM   #1
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how many gear inches do you run?

for me its

52 front
19 back

on 26 inch MTB tires

= 71.2
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Old 07-12-07, 11:10 PM   #2
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Old 07-13-07, 12:10 AM   #3
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yeah dude.
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Old 07-13-07, 01:19 AM   #4
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a gazillion.
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Old 07-13-07, 01:57 AM   #5
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52 x 18 = ~75'
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Inches?! It's all about feet baby!

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46x17 - 71.4"
46x20 - 60.7"
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Old 07-13-07, 07:32 AM   #10
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44/16 * 26 = 71.5"

Just an old converted Fuji mtb singlespeed, till I can afford a new ride!
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There is a recent thread on this already
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My gear runs 8.25".....wait...what were we talking about?
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beat me to it..
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63 or so.
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82.something, stock pista gearing (48x16)
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81 inches on the main fixed gear bike (I'll drop it down to 76 inches in the winter)
76 inches on the beater
49, 52, 55, 59 inches on the SSMTB, depending on the trail (thinking of adding a 46 inch option)
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Old 07-13-07, 09:09 AM   #20
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82.something, stock pista gearing (48x16)
Me too, although not a Pista. It's a little to high for me where I ride, so I have a 17t cog waiting for me to swap in next week...should bring it down to ~76.
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Old 07-13-07, 04:57 PM   #21
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I don't understand the "search" comments.

Any subject on any forum comes up again and again and again....and again.

If I have something new to say on the subject, I welcome the opportunity.

If I don't have anything to say...I don't say anything.

That said....

I have ridden almost every possible gear inch combination from 59" to 82".

I have a bike intended for 54" on order.

Hoodathunkit?

Most factory fixies, like a Bianchi Pista or the like, come with 78".

I think experienced riders, on the average, settle down to 72".

Surprisingly, the 59" I now ride gives me the best round-trip times of any gear combo I have yet ridden.

When I rode 82" I could get to work (7.5 miles) in 23 minutes (three major stoplights).

Coming home, though, gaining 800', took me almost twice as long, 45 minutes.

Twenty-three plus 45 equals 68 minutes for a 15 mile round-trip, losing 800 feet one way and gaining it back coming home.

At 59" I take 30 minutes to get to work and 35 minutes to get home, for a total of 65 minutes.

Three minutes faster at 59".

Part of this gain might come from a more constant average speed.

Some of it comes from the increased acceleration at 59", which gives me a lot more capability/options at intersections and traffic circles; not to mention the increased control over deceleration at 59", which lets me hold more speed, longer, as I approach an intersection or traffic circle.

One also has to factor in my age, 61 years next week.

A younger rider would probably have the energy/wattage to make better use of the 82" gear combo than I do.

But then again, a younger rider might have a higher spin rate at 59" than do I.

Hm.

Fun to think about.
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Old 07-13-07, 05:14 PM   #22
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90% of the time I run just under 70 inches.
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Old 07-13-07, 05:55 PM   #23
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