King of the Hipsters
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Bend, Oregon
Bikes: Realm Cycles Custom
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I ride a fixed gear Karate Monkey as my winter Ice Bike and my summer Comfort Bike.
In the summer, on Schwalbe Big Apple 29er 2.35" tires, I ride around easily at 60 gear inches and 65 gear inches sounds comfortable.
However, in the winter I ride on super knobby Nokian Extreme 294's, and I go down to 50 gear inches.
The knobs, although efficient on level ground, create significant rolling resistance going uphill.