Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

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)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-27-13, 01:43 AM   #126
Leukybear
THE STUFFED
 
Leukybear's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Sandy Eggo, CA
Bikes: Sworks Venge; Rock Lobster; EAI Bareknuckle
Posts: 12,047
Quote:
Originally Posted by 1 spoke View Post
so im 15 and weigh 126, would pushing a 50/18 ratio be good
It'll stunt your growth.

Not too sure about the scientific merits of the above statement but we can't speak for you for that question.
However, you are ultimately limited by how strong your lower body is, how fit you are, and the topography of the area you plan to ride in.

In such a case, the old saying holds true, you won't know until you try.
Leukybear is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-13, 03:18 AM   #127
TheRealFaux
Senior Member
 
TheRealFaux's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: San Francisco
Bikes:
Posts: 1,110
i weigh 105lbs. 50/18 iz so gud.
TheRealFaux is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-13, 05:48 PM   #128
1 spoke
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Bikes:
Posts: 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheRealFaux View Post
i weigh 105lbs. 50/18 iz so gud.
do you live in an area with alot of hills?
1 spoke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-13, 05:52 PM   #129
1 spoke
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Bikes:
Posts: 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by Leukybear View Post
It'll stunt your growth.

Not too sure about the scientific merits of the above statement but we can't speak for you for that question.
However, you are ultimately limited by how strong your lower body is, how fit you are, and the topography of the area you plan to ride in.

In such a case, the old saying holds true, you won't know until you try.
i am currently riding 50/16 is this ratio good
1 spoke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-13, 07:09 PM   #130
GENESTARWIND
Senior Member
 
GENESTARWIND's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: las vegas
Bikes: pake rum runner
Posts: 1,879
Not if you enjoy using your knees when you get older, 69 through 72 gear inch is a good area to start
GENESTARWIND is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-13, 07:20 PM   #131
GENESTARWIND
Senior Member
 
GENESTARWIND's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: las vegas
Bikes: pake rum runner
Posts: 1,879
Everyone said its better to spin then mash.
GENESTARWIND is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-13, 02:15 PM   #132
jowilson
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Mesa, AZ
Bikes: 1992 Trek 800 Antelope, 1971 Triumph
Posts: 561
I just switched from 46/14 to 53/16 today. I haven't ridden it enlighten yet to notice a huge difference. That's going from 86 GI to 87 GI.

I'd also like to add that gain ratios are probably better for comparing bikes with different crank lengths because they take into account the crank lengths. Gain ratio for my fixie is 6.5.
jowilson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-14, 01:35 PM   #133
IAmSam
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 763
This was the absolute most helpful thread I found when researching how to set-up my own gearing...

Perhaps if it was pulled out of the sticky index at the top of the forum and made a separate sticky, maybe even renamed something like "Official Gearing Thread Thread", it would get some action and you wouldn't have the steady stream of repetitive questions about gear ratios we've seen here lately
IAmSam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-14, 05:53 PM   #134
hairnet
Fresh Garbage
 
hairnet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Bikes:
Posts: 12,377
Report it to the Mods if you want your idea to get attention.
hairnet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-14, 11:44 PM   #135
europa
Grumpy Old Bugga
 
europa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
Bikes: Europa, Hillbrick, Road Chief, Repco Superlite (Ol' Rusty)
Posts: 3,327
Quote:
Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
Report it to the Mods if you want your idea to get attention.
And people still wouldn't read it
europa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-14, 12:53 AM   #136
Sixty Fiver
Bicycle Repair Man !!!
Thread Starter
 
Sixty Fiver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: YEG
Bikes: See my sig...
Posts: 27,255
Quote:
Originally Posted by IAmSam View Post
This was the absolute most helpful thread I found when researching how to set-up my own gearing...

Perhaps if it was pulled out of the sticky index at the top of the forum and made a separate sticky, maybe even renamed something like "Official Gearing Thread Thread", it would get some action and you wouldn't have the steady stream of repetitive questions about gear ratios we've seen here lately
What is wrong with the name of the thread ?
Sixty Fiver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-14, 02:42 AM   #137
europa
Grumpy Old Bugga
 
europa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
Bikes: Europa, Hillbrick, Road Chief, Repco Superlite (Ol' Rusty)
Posts: 3,327
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
What is wrong with the name of the thread ?
It should have been called "Europa's really really useful guide to gearing", but you wouldn't use it ... and just because I didn't write it too


We are hijacking this thread a bit, maybe you should consider asking the mods to lock it ... but only after someone posts a clip of "Bicycle Repair Man" (I think that's the name of the character in your avatar, I can visualise the skit in all it's horrendous glory)
europa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-16, 12:00 PM   #138
Beardogger
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Bikes:
Posts: 11
Great thread. I just browsed it, learned a lot. Just getting into SSFG riding, and have a lot to learn.
Beardogger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-16, 02:41 PM   #139
IAmSam
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 763
Kudos to you Beardogger for finding and making use of this very informative thread, instead of starting a new "What gear ratio should I run?" thread like all the geniuses here usually do...
IAmSam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-16, 08:56 PM   #140
Beardogger
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Bikes:
Posts: 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by IAmSam View Post
Kudos to you Beardogger for finding and making use of this very informative thread, instead of starting a new "What gear ratio should I run?" thread like all the geniuses here usually do...
LOL! Every once in a while, even a blind hog finds an acorn!!
Beardogger is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:57 PM.