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Old 01-07-09, 08:14 PM   #1
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gear ratio for wheelies

whats the best gear ratio to use when doing wheelies on a fixed gear?
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Old 01-07-09, 08:16 PM   #2
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ahahaha, a lot of people are gonna give you **** for this but im just getting the hang of no hands to one handed wheelies and im using 15/46. i guess it just depends on how fast you wanna be able to do a wheelie at.
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generally, the lower your ratio the more control you'll have during wheelies and stuff like that.

that being said, i run 46x17 and have no problems with wheelies. It's all about technique.

Keo, who is pretty much the master of riding on one wheel supposedly runs a super tall gear.
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ahahaha, a lot of people are gonna give you **** for this but im just getting the hang of no hands to one handed wheelies and im using 15/46. i guess it just depends on how fast you wanna be able to do a wheelie at.
I find no handed pop-ups to be easier than 1 handed because of the equal weight distribution when leaning backwards, but only marginally. that being said, i've been riding 48/19 and learning tricks on this ratio. i would like to drop to a smaller set-up if not necessarily a smaller ratio. perhaps 44 or 46 on the front and 17 cog.
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are you the guy that i rode with on thursday night rides with the 04 pista?
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As with skidding, I don't think gear ratio will entirely help you wheelies. It's primarily technique.
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i think keo was running 46x17 for a while.
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keo is also hugely tall with massive legs, plus bikes that have the top tube coming up only to mid thigh, heh
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