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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 02-18-04, 11:02 AM   #1
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Gearing Up

Replaced my 42t chain ring with a 45t Rocket Ring that I picked up from Sheldon. Kept the 16t cog on the back. Even though this change adds only about 5 gear inches (75.9 up from 70.9--w/ 170 cranks and 27in. wheels), the difference on the road is phenomenal. My biggest concerns about going bigger were being able to get a jump on traffic from a standstill, and the two moderate hills I encounter on my ride home from work. So far, no worries on both fronts...and the ability to build speed, without spinning like a phreak, just rules. I was twenty minutes late to work this morning, because I couldn't bring myself to ride my desk all day before doing some time trial work down M street. What a great way to start the day.
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Old 02-18-04, 02:27 PM   #2
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Replaced my 42t chain ring with a 45t Rocket Ring that I picked up from Sheldon. What a great way to start the day.
I have been going the other way with my chain rings. I started with 42/14 or 81 Gear Inches and rode that way for a few years. Now I find that I am going to a lower gear inch number. Currently most bikes are various combinations of 70, 71 and 72 with one used for trail work at 68/63 flip flop.
I think if you have relatively flat terrain you can get away with higher gear inches and I started to ride lower when I took off all the brakes and that helped me stop better. I ride the hills a lot here in Ohio. Yes, there are hills here that are short, but steep. Older knees may be an issue at 62 years of age.
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So far, no worries on both fronts...and the ability to build speed, without spinning like a phreak, just rules
Are you sure that isn't the EPO talking?
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Old 02-18-04, 04:00 PM   #4
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Old 02-18-04, 11:15 PM   #5
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m street is one bad ass street!

iv been trying to get a job as a courier, and have been riding around dc lately on a fix, and m street and georgetown in general is one area im not too fond of. too many potholes, road construction, and brick laid streets. i hate that area.

iv been riding fix for the last 3 months or so, and its really brought me into biking, and made it something i really embrace.
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sounds like a good thing Schiek. I try and ride around that ratio as I prefer the power on the lakefront path here, yet can't go too steep for the streets.
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