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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 08-07-08, 11:43 AM   #1
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Gearing question

I've been riding 42/15 (170mm crank) for god knows how long. I think that is like 75 gear inches / 2.8 gear ratio. I don't skid all that much, so I'm not overly concerned with maxing out skid patches (that said, more is always better).

So, assuming I wanted to keep same gear inches / ratio, and was not just looking to increase skid patches, what substantive difference would I experience if I switched to 48/17, 51/18, etc? Stated another way, if someone was not just looking to increase skid patches, why would they choose gearing X over gearing Y when they both have the same gear inches / ratios?

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Old 08-07-08, 12:42 PM   #2
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It's my extremely limitted undestanding that smaller cogs wear faster. Other than that and skid patches, it makes no difference.
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Sheldon Says...

For a more shallow answer - find the front ring that looks best, then determine the rear. Depending on the crankset, certain rings are more available, cheaper, and more aesthetically pleasing. I don't love small rings on bid spiders.
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Thanks. Sheldon is my fist stop for any bike question. The only times I have not been able to find answer there is when I have glanced over something...which I clearly did again in this case!
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