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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 08-17-10, 06:49 PM   #1
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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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Old 08-17-10, 06:51 PM   #2
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try different gears. Freewheels don't have to cost you tons, so experiment.
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Old 08-17-10, 06:55 PM   #3
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54 x 14, for hills
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Old 08-17-10, 07:02 PM   #4
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I run it slightly higher than rusty, since my town has huge hills. 68 x 12.
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Old 08-17-10, 07:03 PM   #5
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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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Old 08-17-10, 07:07 PM   #7
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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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Old 08-17-10, 07:07 PM   #8
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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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Old 08-17-10, 07:29 PM   #11
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Fixed gear 42x18, single speed 49x16
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Old 08-17-10, 07:40 PM   #12
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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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Old 08-17-10, 08:26 PM   #16
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http://software.bareknucklebrigade.c...it.applet.html

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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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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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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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