I'm converting a geared Surly Ogre into a singlespeed commuter and am looking for a few starting points for a gear ratio. I've been riding my geared stumpjumper 29er in singlespeed mode, switching up the ratios in an attempt to get one that works well for my route. The bike setup will change quite a bit and I'm not sure how thats going to workout. Here are my questions:
- My current setup is an all carbon 29er running 2.35" Schwalbe Big Apples - I'm been running a 2 to 1 (32/16), 2.28/1 (32/14), and 2.6/1 (32/12) - I prefer the upper two as the 2/1 just doesnt cut it on the flats (too much spin). The Ogre will obviously be a bit heavier w/a rear rack, panniers, fenders, lights, etc and will be running a 700x32-38 range tire. How much of a difference does the weight and tire size/volume make in deciding what ratio to choose? My commute is in the SE Portland, Or area which is pretty much flat with a few rolling hills.
- I'm assuming a new singlespeed rider should error on the side of "spinning" rather than using a larger gear ratio? I'm a clyde (6'2" ~245), but am fit and have been riding for a few years now.