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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 08-13-07, 02:50 PM   #1
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san diego gear ratio

im going to be moving to san diego from philadelphia. any suggestions for a gear ratio? i dont know much of the hills there.
right now im on a 48x16 (fixed), but im still new in the game
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Old 08-13-07, 03:13 PM   #2
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Experience your current gearing in SD and change accordingly, if needed.
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Old 08-13-07, 03:15 PM   #3
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Old 08-13-07, 04:05 PM   #4
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i'm not sure what the official san diego gear ratio is.

why not just ride your current ratio there? unless you wear a skirt you should be able to tough it out and become stronger from it.
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Old 08-13-07, 04:11 PM   #5
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i gotta agree. why spend money when you don't need to.. Then again you are running just one skid patch with 48x16 fixed

// I ran 48x16 fixed too...
// now run 47x16
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Old 08-13-07, 04:27 PM   #6
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yeah, one patch will become expensive.
haha, ill leave my skirt in philadelphia
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I started with 42 16.
Went to 44, then to 48.
Then to a 15 rear.

48x15 and 4915 are my current runnings. A bit tall to be honest, a ***** to climb with often (you can hear me screaming sometimes). Better would be 46. I've seen everything from 33x18 (SS MTB on 29) to 51x14 (OMFG!). YMMV.

I think 46x16 is best.
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I think 46x16 is best.
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Stay on the coast and there are very few hills. Go East where there is a lot of riding, you are going to be hitting a ton of hills. With that said, go to a 51 x 14
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Very few hills on the coast????? You mean Nautilus in La Jolla, Soledad Mt Road in PB, and Hill Street in OB are not hills?????

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There are some bigs hills leading up to the velodrome.
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You guys are high, the hills that are note worthy are few and far between
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yeah it dosent really matter cause i just walk them anyway.
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there are dope bike shops spread around? which do you use?
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is there anything like a bike church or community bike center?
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You guys are high, the hills that are note worthy are few and far between
You're ****ting me right? Where do you ride? I lived in PB and rode around a lot in 70's and 80's and you're telling me the hills are far a few between? Ever rode Loring Street or know where it is? What about Laurel Steet or Torrey Pines road up to UCSD from Ardath? I bet Illion St. will make you get off and walk.

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Quit riding around Mission Bay and Fiesta Island and do some hills ;-)
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You're ****ting me right? Where do you ride? I lived in PB and rode around a lot in 70's and 80's and you're telling me the hills are far a few between? Ever rode Loring Street or know where it is? What about Laurel Steet or Torrey Pines road up to UCSD from Ardath? I bet Illion St. will make you get off and walk.

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Quit riding around Mission Bay and Fiesta Island and do some hills ;-)
I live in Seattle dipsh!t, but i spent 25 years of my life riding in San Diego and it really isn't that bad
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Well, people with fixed gears dont really leave north/south park, hillcrest, golden hill, kensington or university heights... and thats all pretty flat... So I wouldnt worry too much.
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Well, people with fixed gears dont really leave north/south park, hillcrest, golden hill, kensington or university heights... and thats all pretty flat... So I wouldnt worry too much.
I live in spring valley, work in down town.

Got a few hills between here and there.
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