Hey, I'm new here and new to fixed gear riding as well. I found a old maruishi touring bike in the trash and just recently converted it to fixed gear. I pretty much was able to do the conversion for free. I volunteered for a bicycle program where you volunteer your time and they help you convert/fix you bike for free. Anyways to the point, I'm looking to find a better gear ratio than the one I have. My city is mostly flat with some slightly hilly areas. Right now I've got a 52t chainring and a 20t cog. I love this ratio as I'm able to get up my speed relatively quick but the only dislike I have is that I'm not able to back pedal to slow down very well let alone skid. I do have a front brake by the way. What is a good gear ratio that would be similar to my current one but will let me skid to slow my speed? I've been reading up on it and I tend to see a lot of 48t/17t or 47t/18t. Any suggestions?
Thanks for the replys. I guess I'll just stick with what I have and get stronger. I've only ridden it probably 3 times since I've finished it and before that I haven't ridden a bike in nearly 6 or 7 years. So I'm guessing I'm pretty weak right now and it probably might have something to do with my technique of trying to skid. thanks again.
Mercier Kilo TT Pro, Schwinn Le Tour Conversion, Free Spirit polo beater, Cervelo P2T, aluminum tandem.
You don't need a lot of strength to skid that ratio though ... I am guessing it is just his technique. He is probably not pulling up hard enough or unweighting his rear wheel enough. Most people I know who can't skid ... it isn't because they are weak.
Pake Track; Bianchi XL EV2 El Reparto Corse, Kona Jake the Snake
You can also watch some youtube skid vids. There are tons of them there and you can see how others do it, that may help. Or if you have friends that can skid. Watch what they do and try to do it yourself. Balls to the stem for distance not real stopping.
Originally Posted by diff_lock2
so what if it's custom, are you suddenly NOT a jackass?