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    what's your preference? (gearing)

    not necessarily looking for specific tooth count but....

    I ride my SS A LOT and some of my rides cover moderately hilly terrain. I go out of my way to avoid anything too steep. My gearing as-is is comfortable going up hill, I actually manage to gain a lot of ground and pass other riders during group rides when climbing. BUT... I spin out going down hills and feel like I could afford to have more gear on the flats.

    So my question... in your opinion, is it worth working a little harder on the climbs to have more on the descents and flats?

    Thanks in advance...

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    try different gears. Freewheels don't have to cost you tons, so experiment.
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    54 x 14, for hills

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    I run it slightly higher than rusty, since my town has huge hills. 68 x 12.

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    You are more man than I.

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    I suppose it bears mentioning that I am currently running 48x17. I'm yet to find myself walking up any hill that I've encountered but all of the riders I pass going up fly past me on the way down, I just cant build speed.

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    If you can't build up speed, seems like you could go up a tooth on your freewheel.

    48/18 is a very sensible gearing for any sort of city riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustybrown View Post
    You are more man than I.
    who said i was male? *wink wink*

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    I like 46 18

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    Oh, the lament of one gear!

    Spin to win, my friend.
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    Fixed gear 42x18, single speed 49x16

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    48/16.



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    dude u need that trixie tool its the best tool ever it even comes with a bottle opener ! dude all the messengers reccomended it to me and evr since i got it im basically a mechaninc now and all the bike shops want me.

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    My bike came with 42/18. But found it a bit too easy. So I changed to a 16 cog. Now I've ordered a 47 chain ring. I hope
    47/16 isn't going to be too big a jump from 42/16.

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    That's about 8 gear inches...

    5 freaking teeth...

    Your knees are going to hate you.

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    big jump. someone needs to post the link (i dont have it) to that Rabbit gear calculator every time something like that^^^^ is posted
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    Maybe I should go 47/17 first.

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    Going from 48/15 to 48/19 was a big jump, my knees don't hate me anymore.

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    I'm currently running 46x17 with about 71 GI. It's great for getting around slightly hilly Berkeley. I also don't spin out too much on the flats. I might go up to an 18 or 19t cog when I move to Seattle though.

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    46/17...... Kinda low but I never have to walk up hills.

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    48/17 is perfect for me. Sometimes ill make really good efforts on climbs, but its not so hard that it forces me to gear down.

    And I can usually hold a good speed on flats and even better on downhills XD. Acceleration is verry easy (when all compared to my stock ratio of 48/15?)
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    Seriously, I wouldn't trust it at all.

    phatomfingers would be interested in this.

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    Because this hasn't been done a few thousand times...


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    49/16 here. No shortage of hills here in New Westminster/Surrey/Vancouver.

    35+ kph on the flats with no wind. I mash/pull up most bridges and hills. There are some hills everyone avoids. Gearing is something you play with until your patellar meniscus is happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vixtor View Post
    If you can't build up speed, seems like you could go up a tooth on your freewheel.

    48/18 is a very sensible gearing for any sort of city riding.
    I really wanna try 48/18, but its only 3 skid patches
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
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