Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

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)

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-17-08, 05:07 PM   #1
thebeard
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NEBRASKA
Bikes: 2001 Trek 800 Singletrack (single speed for singletrack and chores), 2007 Giant TranSend DX, 1973 Schwinn Varsity ss
Posts: 108
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.

The gist:
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,

Max
thebeard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-08, 05:38 PM   #2
Falcon3 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: E Wa
Bikes:
Posts: 330
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
http://rabbit.bareknucklebrigade.com/rabbit.applet.html

The Rabbit is going to answer all of your questions- If you're a relatively strong rider, I would say to go for something around 75-80 gear inches on the flat ground. When you get more used to the SS you can a bigger ratio, but I'd say thats close to what I'd want. A lot of people start around 70 gear inches. Also, if you have a road bike, practice riding on your usual turf in one gear and figure out what works for you. Then count the teeth on each of the cogs. Put it into the Rabbit and figure out your Gear Inches, and go from there! Good luck!
Falcon3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-08, 05:40 PM   #3
thebeard
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NEBRASKA
Bikes: 2001 Trek 800 Singletrack (single speed for singletrack and chores), 2007 Giant TranSend DX, 1973 Schwinn Varsity ss
Posts: 108
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks so much falcon!
thebeard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-08, 09:23 AM   #4
Bala
Senior Member
 
Bala's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Austin, TX
Bikes:
Posts: 100
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Post some pictures if you get a chance. I'm kinda a fan of the varsity.
Bala is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-08, 01:45 PM   #5
thebeard
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NEBRASKA
Bikes: 2001 Trek 800 Singletrack (single speed for singletrack and chores), 2007 Giant TranSend DX, 1973 Schwinn Varsity ss
Posts: 108
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Will do Bala! I'm thinking it'll be finished in a month at most. I just have to wait for my mileage check from the state to pay for all of this. Then, it's all down to shipping. But once I get it all in, I will finish it within two days.

-max
thebeard is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:36 AM.