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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 03-26-08, 07:00 AM   #1
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Does anyone flip their wheel on the road.

The other day, I was riding home and the wind had shifted and grown stronger. I've got a 17t cog on one side, and an 18t on the other. I debated as to whether or not to stop and flip my wheel from the 17 to the 18.

I never did. But I wondered, at what point do people stop and turn their wheel around? For example, my optimum cadence is about 95. I know this from a lot of time on a road bike with a cadence computer. 44/17 means I go about 19.5 mph at that rpm. 80 rpms sends me down the road at 16.4 mph.

So how low should my rpms and speed get before I stop and turn my wheel around?
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Old 03-26-08, 07:06 AM   #2
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I have. I have a 20 tooth freewheel on one side for towing, and my big hill commute. I took the bike out to the hardware store the other day ( all flat and straight), and I flipped to the 16 fixed. I barely have enough adjustement range for both.
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Old 03-26-08, 07:10 AM   #3
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I setup my rear wheel the opposite as you. I ride on the easier gear all the time. (16t cog) I keep a 15t cog on the other side for days I want to get out on the track or the park (when it's closed to traffic) for some laps. If I know in advanced that I will be doing a real hilly road road, I have a 17t and an 18t cog that I can swap out at my house before heading out.

I don't keep track of my cadence on my track bike, but on my road bike I average somewhere in the 90s.
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Old 03-26-08, 07:12 AM   #4
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Flipping your wheel on the road is impure. Your practically a roadie. Shame.
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Old 03-26-08, 07:28 AM   #5
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I've got a 16 - 18. There's a particularly mountainous ride I do a few times a year (5000ft in ~40 miles) It starts with a 7 mile climb, followed by a 5 mile downhill, followed by a pretty steep 4.5 mile climb. After that steep climb it's downhill for a while then mostly rolling with one more short climb. So I start in the 18 and move to the 16 after the second steep climb. The low gear makes the long climbs a little easier, and the higher gear is much better on the downhills and rollers.

Someday someone is going to invent a way to change gears while riding. Sort of a gear changulator or something.

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Old 03-26-08, 07:32 AM   #6
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I've got a 16 - 18. There's a particularly mountainous ride I do a few times a year (5000ft in ~40 miles) It starts with a 7 mile climb, followed by a 5 mile downhill, followed by a pretty steep 4.5 mile climb. After that steep climb it's downhill for a while then mostly rolling with one more short climb. So I start in the 18 and move to the 16 after the second steep climb. The low gear makes the long climbs a little easier, and the higher gear is much better on the downhills and rollers.

Someday someone is going to invent a way to change gears while riding. Sort of a gear changulator or something.

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Its called a derailleur....they are really handy when you have lots of hills.
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Old 03-26-08, 07:37 AM   #7
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Its called a derailleur....they are really handy when you have lots of hills.
Wow! How long have these things been around? I need to get out more.

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Old 03-26-08, 08:41 AM   #8
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Try one of these

At least there are no cables.
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I flipped it once on a double century ride to fight the headwinds on the last 50 mile leg.
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I occasionally flip for wind.

I mostly flip if I get into a group of roadies and need to gear up.

I use a 16t mostly and the flip is a 15t.
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Old 03-26-08, 03:56 PM   #11
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Try one of these

At least there are no cables.
That is sexier than Angelina Jolie in a leather corset.

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That is sexier than Angelina Jolie in a leather corset.

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NO! I get where you're coming from, but NO!
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I decided that my rear wheel looked like a Garden Weasel with more than one cog on it

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Old 03-26-08, 09:37 PM   #14
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I run 42 - 15/16.. and I'll use the 16T towing my BOB, then flip it to 15 to go home if I've got not load. (15T for non towing situations as well)
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Old 03-27-08, 04:18 AM   #15
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Did it twice........about five years ago.
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I have a bike I use nearly specifically for polo with a 39x22 fixed, which is very low to ride on the streets. So I have a 19t freewheel to get me to the courts, and then I flip it.
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Old 03-27-08, 08:21 AM   #17
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Your practically a roadie. Shame.
An 1890s roadie, maybe.
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I've never done it. I ride a 44x16 and for a long time had a singlespeed 18 on the opposite side thinking if I was way out somewhere and got tired I could flip it. It was on there for 2 years and I never used it so I finally took it off.
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Old 03-27-08, 12:47 PM   #19
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I flip fingers on the road.Does that count too?
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I'm normally 42x16, but I have a 17t freewheel on the other side that I have used on very rare occasions. Like on a long down hill.
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