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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 07-13-09, 05:57 PM   #1
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Post the fastest you've ever gone on flat ground and your gearing

48/17 -- 30.8 MPH
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Old 07-13-09, 07:45 PM   #2
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on what im currently riding
46/16 -- 33mph
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Old 07-13-09, 07:54 PM   #3
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Edit. Oops just ready flat ground. Uh 30ish.
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Old 07-13-09, 08:08 PM   #4
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for those that frequent trexlertown, whats the competitive top speed range?
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Old 07-13-09, 10:35 PM   #5
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48x16...34mph, but not for very long.
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52x14 on a road bike yolo causeway appx. 34mph for about 4 minutes before I was burned
48x16 track bike 30 ish
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Old 07-13-09, 11:19 PM   #7
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52x19 (so about 74 GI)-28.7 mph


gotta work on my spin more, but i would imagine with a 17 i could do 30 alright.
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Old 07-14-09, 07:26 AM   #8
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48x19
30MPH on flat

I was riding next to my fiance's car totally spinning out, it was great.

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Old 07-14-09, 07:31 AM   #9
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32ish
44x17

(Sustained for a rural block.)

30 is very easy (hit it each day i ride... making lights, or merging in traffic, etc)... 31 takes being "fresh"... 32 is when I've been riding a lot lately and feeling good. Pretty spun out at that point.

EDIT: Gear calculator shows about 150-160 rpm
Downhill I've spun at least 180.

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Old 07-14-09, 07:46 AM   #10
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31 with a 44x17

I was next to my buddy on his road bike with a spedo.
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Old 07-14-09, 08:38 AM   #11
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didn't this thread happen just a week or so ago? I'm sure it did.
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49x16 @37.1mph. That was a few years ago. I can't do that anymore.

I've gone faster than that on flat, but only with a strong tailwind, so that doesn't count.

The longest sustained speed I've ever held on a flat road with a fixed gear was 27-32 mph for about 11 miles, but that was in flat-as-a-pancake central IL, through a big stretch of open fields with no stops, with a massive tailwind. Loads of fun. Going back the other way sucked.

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30.2mph 42x16
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