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    Will changing my gear ratio from this to this make a big difference or not?

    Hi. I'm currently riding 48x17 gear ratio on my fixed gear bike. My legs aren't strong enough to skid on this ratio. I was wondering if I changed to a 44x17 gear ratio, if it'd be easier for me to skid stop? How much of a difference would this make? I'm a female rider and sort of new to riding fixed gear. Any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks.

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    The Gearing Primer
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    should be good. just a bit under 70 gear inches, if you're using 700x23.
    if you want to make it really easy, get it under 65GI.
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    I'm riding 48/20, I wanted it to be 48/19 which has waaaay more skidpatches but oh well. I've never had such a low gearing on a fixie before and it's pretty fun. It makes skids way easier than 48 16 was. I would prefer 48/16 but this bike won't take brakes and so I'm running an easier "safer" gearing.

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    i just got a new bike with 48x16 with 700x23 and i can't skid to save my life. maybe i'm locking my legs in the wrong position. it just seems that 48 is too much for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattsmithe14 View Post
    it just seems that 48 is too much for me.
    ? just put a bigger cog...
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    You can get a smaller chainring, or a larger cog to make it easier.
    I'd go with the cog, you can get a good one cheaper than a crappy quality chainring.
    Plus, it'll make the same amount of difference to your gear inches.

    Play with this gear calculator.

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    No one can really answer your question, other than to say that a smaller gear ratio will give you more mechanical advantage at the expense of having to pedal faster at a given speed. However, different people are better suited to different gear ratios. Rather than changing your chainring, buy a few cogs and experiment. You may find that you want to use different gear ratios, depending on the situation, and as your fitness waxes and wanes.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortshorts View Post
    You can get a smaller chainring, or a larger cog to make it easier.
    I'd go with the cog, you can get a good one cheaper than a crappy quality chainring.
    Plus, it'll make the same amount of difference to your gear inches.

    Play with this gear calculator.
    I agree, just get an 18t or 19t cog instead of getting another chainring.

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    Yes, the chainring change will make it much easier. Cheaper to get a new cog though. Also funny how people are semi trying to thread jack up in here.

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