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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 08-30-10, 01:54 PM   #1
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Trying to figure out my gearing...

I recently got a Dawes SST AL as my commuter. I use it as a freewheel'd single speed, not fixed. The problem is that i feel like im spinning too much once im on a smooth open road. Its currently a 48:17 setup. Im debating getting a 16t freewheel but am worried it will make no worthwhile difference. Any opinions on the matter? moving from a 17t to a 16t freewheel?

Or should i just get like a 50t chainring? which will require a new chain as well. And which ring would you suggest? its just a budget bike. I prefer to spend the real dollars on my mtb.
thanks for any advice.
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Old 08-30-10, 02:03 PM   #2
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Changing the freewheel by one tooth will make quite a big difference. I think with a 48t chain ring, dropping a tooth on the freewheel is like 4 gear inches. http://software.bareknucklebrigade.c...it.applet.html

check out that site and play around with different setups.
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Old 08-30-10, 04:46 PM   #3
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There will be a difference. Not huge but definitely noticeable.
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Old 08-30-10, 04:58 PM   #4
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Gear inches = Chainring tooth / Cog tooth x Tire diameter in inches.

Common tire sizes in inches.
700x23c = 26.275
700x25c = 26.375
700x28c= 26.575
700x32c= 27

Example: 44 / 17 x 26.275(23c) = 68.005.... round it to the nearest tenth and voila!
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How much is "too much spinning" ??
With a 48-17 you'll be doing 25mph at 110rpm...
With a 48-16 you'll be doing 25mph at about 102rpm.
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Old 08-30-10, 05:21 PM   #6
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I bet he tops out at ~80rpm and feels too slow, so moving up a gear or two to higher his speed at ~80rpm.
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I went up two teeth from my 16:48 to a 18:48. And it's a lot more comfortable, the switch was pretty big and I don't regret getting a 17t. You should be good jumping up a tooth.
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