47/17 Gear Ratio?
I just joined the forums so hopefully I put this in the right place...
But anyways, I was thinking of running a 47/17 gear ratio on my fixed gear. Right now I'm running a 48/16. I go pretty fast, it's not hard to skid but the only problems are: its hard to start pedaling, hard to climb hills, and has only 1 skid patch. I'm interested in the 47/17 because of the 17 skid patches (even though brakes are my primary way of stopping, I skid a lot just for fun), and because the gear inches is 74 which I think is a good number? I really don't know much about gear inches or gain ratios, so could someone explain that to me? Anyways, do you guys recommend this ratio? What are the pros and cons? Is there a ratio better then this? I'm looking for a ratio with a good amount of skid patches, a ratio that's easy to skid, and a ratio that allows me to go fast AND/OR climb hills easier, but looking more towards climbing hills. I live in Hawaii by the way where its mostly flat ground, but most of the time I need to go up a hill to get back home. Thank you!