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    32t to 43t

    I just upsized my chainwheel from a 32-43t wheel, and holy crap what a difference!! I love it though, because i can actually cruise at a much higher speed at the same rpm(duh)! I was wiped after a short 2 mile ride though, so i will definately need to beef up a little bit! god bless single speeds!

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    Not fixed, its just single speed, it freewheels. That will change though, at somepoint in the future

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    what are you running in the back ?

    I'm at a 42/16 right now singlespeed... probably pick up my flip flop wheel tonite after work

    I find it a pretty easy gear for flats and short uphills....

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    43/17 is my magic number. We'll see how it works!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trekkie820
    43/17 is my magic number. We'll see how it works!
    And I've got people sqauking about my 39/16 on 26"ers with 1.75 slicks.

    Check the knees at the door!

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    are y'all kidding? i understand you guys are talking about ss mtn bikes, so maybe it's different for y'all, if you're climbing steep[ inclines on gravel, but really...i'm rocking 48/16 fixed on the road, and my knees don't complain at all. they feel as good as ever.

    i've been thinking about lower gearing lately, mostly so i can improve my spin. knee pain/damage is not an issue affecting this probable decision, altho i do hear ppl complain after they borrow my bike.

    what gear is everyone running?

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    42/16 on the fixie. Might be doin' a SS conversion on an old MTB before long, though. The 42/16 has me spinning on the downhills and with the wind, but it's low enough that I can do the climbs I do on the roadie bike without falling over.

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    On my single speed road bike, i am using the 43/17 gearing. I like it, because it makes me a better mountain biker on my multi-geared MTB. The 43/17 gearing makes it possible to get up and over anything, while not spinning out on the flats, which i recently found out since the conversion.

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    Presently I'm running 42/14. Hello hills, good-bye easy ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pyze-guy
    Presently I'm running 42/14. Hello hills, good-bye easy ride.

    I've been considering dropping to a 14 or 15 in the rear on mine. What gearing did you start one (since you said that you are 'presently' running 42/14, I thought that might imply that you have switched it up a bit.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by trekkie820
    I like it, because it makes me a better mountain biker on my multi-geared MTB.
    Interesting that you've said this...
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    Why is that? Because in a previous post i stated the humor in seeing a single speeder blasting by a techno weenie in a race due to a busted derailluer? Well, see, i want to have a SS mountain bike, but my current lack of funds are prohibitive. For now, I like how my 43/17 SS road bike allows me to become a better rider with what i have, which is a multiple gear mountain bike.
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