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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 09-30-10, 12:24 PM   #1
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Singlespeeders on hilly fireroads and trails. What gear ratio do you use?

What size chainrings and freewheels (or fixed) do you use on hilly fireroads and trails?

My singlespeed cyclcross has 38T on front and 20T on rear. Stock was 16T freewheel on the rear but the upgrade has given me more of what I want; but I could still use a lower gearing.

If you ride your singlespeed on trails where everyone else is on a geared bike, what gear ratio are you getting by with?
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Old 09-30-10, 12:54 PM   #2
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Most of my cronies roll 29" MTB & pedal 32x20 in the Rocky Mts.
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Old 10-05-10, 11:21 AM   #3
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Thanks lubes, any others?
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I ran about 55 gear inches (42X20) on my fixed cross bike. It didn't live long enough to actually be raced, but I had a lot of fun riding it.
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