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    opinions on gearing

    hello everyone,
    ive been riding my fixie for a while now (since about febuary) and im starting to get into tricks.
    we dont have a local velodrome, so im not too concerned about gearing for track, i do ride long distance, but now that im going to be living closer to campus i dont need such tall gearing, so id like to have the bike set up for tricks/alley cat

    right now i have a 48T/16T chainring and cog (3:1 ratio)
    i like the look of a smaller chainring, but what is too small, would a 44T ring look weird?

    im thinking any of:
    44T/15T (2.933:1) would that even be a noticable change?
    46T/16T (2.875:1) this seems like a good ratio...
    45T/16T (2.813:1) is that too short of a gear?

    id like to still have decently tall gearing because i like to mash, and go fast,
    but i'd like short gearing for wheelies and other tricks.

    any input in appreciated

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    prolly is not probably johnprolly's Avatar
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    44:16 great. I ride it daily on my commuter.

    Spinning keeps oxygen flowing through your muscles and builds better form. It'll also be great for stop and go conditions like a city. When I was back home in NC, it felt a little bit too low, but that was mostly because it's really flat there.

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    39/14... same gearing as 44/16 thats what i run... i'll be running 33/12 soon
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    I'm thinking that it really depends on personal pref. Try it and if you like it then go with it.

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    i think i might try 45:16
    because then i can save a few bucks buy not buying a new cog
    i think that should be good.

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    PS thanks for the input guys,
    if anyone else has any ideas, feel free to post them up. i need to make sure that i have a 3/32" chain and i cant do that until the morning, so i'll order this tomorrow at lunch. along with some new pedals and clips

    good deal.

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    http://students.washington.edu/denny...ring_denny.jpg

    I use that chart (I htink it's pretty accurate for 700cx23) and find that anything between 73-75 is pretty comfy for me (but I like to spin up more than most).

    I'd strongly recommend for the 45/16 for the 16 skid patches :-)

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    Here's a great calculator for gear ratio and skid patches.

    http://rabbit.bareknucklebrigade.com/rabbit.applet.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gambutrol View Post
    http://students.washington.edu/denny...ring_denny.jpg

    I use that chart (I htink it's pretty accurate for 700cx23) and find that anything between 73-75 is pretty comfy for me (but I like to spin up more than most).

    I'd strongly recommend for the 45/16 for the 16 skid patches :-)

    I'm gonna raise you one and say 46/17. 17 skid patches FTW. I used to ride 48/16. Dropped it down to 46/17 and I'm happy as can be.
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