So I've finally decided, after borrowing my friends fixed gear for a few months to have it taken away, to buy a fixed gear for myself. I have been reading around the forum and I've decided that I'm going to buy a Mercier Kilo TT because I am on a very tight budget (I will hardly be able to afford it on its own.)
So here's my real question: I know that the Kilo tt comes stock with a 46/16 gear ratio (Correct me if I'm wrong.) which means only one skid patch. I plan to be skidding or skipstopping a decent amount so I think the first thing I want to do is find a ratio that provides more skid patches.
At first I was looking at getting a different chainring but that's pretty expensive. Then I realized that I could get a decent back cog with 17 teeth for around $10. That's pretty cheap and would give me 17 skidpatches.
So I was wondering if I would just be able to take off the stock cog on the kilo tt and replace it with the one that I will purchase. I'm pretty new to bikes so I'm not sure how difficult this would be, but I have a friend who could easily help me and provide the needed parts if possible.
Also I've heard that the lockring on the kilo tt sucks so would it be worth getting a decent new lockring for about $10 at the same time when I order the cog?
Thanks a lot bike forums!