Join Date: Jul 2008
Bikes: 2001 Trek 800 Singletrack (single speed for singletrack and chores), 2007 Giant TranSend DX, 1973 Schwinn Varsity ss
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Single Speed help
I'm new to this forum and the world of single speeds. I know you guys probably get this all the time, but I need some basic single speed help. I'm converting my '73 Schwinn Varsity to a single speed. I have everything else worked out except the most essential part: the chainring + the cog. I understand they run in a system of teeth and that the lower you go in your number of teeth on the cog, the harder you push.
I'm going to ride on almost 90% flat terrain; Lincoln, Nebraska.
I'm buying a Surly cog.
I counted the teeth on my original chainring still on my bike and it has 39 teeth. Does this mean it's a 39-tooth chainring? Stupid question? Probably. Please recommend good ratios for similar terrain or advise me to options with corresponding locations; i.e. ( 42/16 Chicago, Illinois etc)
If anyone could help out a single-speed novice, that would be awesome.
Thanks so much,