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    What gearing, lowest and highest, do you use on your road SSFG bikes ?

    I have 13 SSFG bikes that I ride on the road. The lowest gearing is 56.7 gi on my Salsa Casseroll SS with 42 x 20 and a 700x32c rear tire. The highest is 75.5 gi on my Bianchi Pista Concept FG with 46 x 16 and a 700c 22mm tubular rear tire. The Casseroll has no foot retention and weighs 28 lbs with the saddlebags unladen. The Pista Concept has full clipless road pedal foot retention and weighs 16.7 lbs. What gearing do you use ?

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    My road fixed is at 71.4 gear inches right now. for me its been perfect pedaling north jersey/NYC, although lately ive been seriously thinking about gearing down a little bit, maybe 68-69 GI. BMX has not been kind to my knees, when im going at a nice pace the gearing is absolutely perfect, but starting up a hill or into the wind and my knees are screaming. bike weighs about 22 pounds id guess.

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    I've been using 46x19 for about a year which is the lowest I have ever used on fixed gear. I'm slower on descents but overall I prefer this gearing for the Twin Cities' rolling hills along the Mississippi river bluff, where I most frequently ride.

    Edit: That's 64.8 GI with 700x28c tires.

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    Right now my sscx is at 39x18 on 33mm tires, roughly 59 gi. That's as low as I go.

    For commuting and winter training, I prefer 42x16, or 70gi.

    I once used 52x15 for 10 mile TT. Worked really well once I got on top of it, but it's way too high for town.
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    lowest ive went was 65.5", highest was 81"

    i like 73" the best.

    if i had five ssfg gear bikes with different purposes i guess these would be the gears i'd use.

    96" (track?)
    83" (flat roads fixed?)
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    I used to run 39x16 ~64" for a while, and the standard 42x16 is another favorite. Never liked the bigger gears. 48x16 just seemed ridiculous to me.

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    Lowest is my MTB with 32x22 on 700x2.2" tires. My road FGs go around 68-70gi, I commonly use 48x18, 48x19, 52x20, 52x21. The highest I have used on the road was 52x18.
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    48 X 17 on my 21 lb Bikes Direct special. I just "raced" the GranFondo Whistler last weekend, a hilly 122 km, and placed 157 out of about 4000 riders. Definitely passed some bikes worth more than 10 times what mine is. I was passing on the climbs and the descents (unclipped), but had a hard time keeping pace at moderate downhills like 2 or 3% where everyone else was riding 30 mph in the big ring.

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    On my SS, I use 77.5 for my group rides, commuting, flattish century rides, and competitive events, and 68.9 on tours and hilly centuries. My FG riding is very limited, so no data there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
    What gearing do you use ?
    48 X 18 (70.3GI on 700X25)

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    Just went from 44/17 to 46/17

    i live in a pretty hilly area, or I'd probably do 48/17. Can't imagine wanting to go much higher than that. Skidding would be pretty difficult.

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    I live where it's flat

    lowest: somewhere in the low-mid 60's

    highest: somewhere in the low-mid 70's

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    My cross bike is 58gi or so which I ride on the streets. The other day after track racing I rode with my lady friend to a bar on 92gi.

    I usually ride 69 or 74gi on the streets.

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    I use my fixed gear as a training bike and I like to keep the gearing relatively high. I live in NYC so I don't really have too many hills.
    I have 48/15 on it the past few months. I want to change it out to 48x16 or 17 to get my rpm's higher. My leg strength has definitely improved, especially considering I haven't done any squats in recent times.
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    My bike came set up with 46/16 (75gi) and I really like it a lot. I plan on beefing that up to 52/16 (85gi) to test it out. But I live in Florida, so hills are few and far between.

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    I have two fixed gear bikes, one set up with 48 x 15 and an S3X hub, so 52.6gi, 63gi, and 84gi. The other is set up 46 x 17, so 71gi.

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    Currently 44/18 on the Kilo. Not ready to gear up yet!
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    I love a good gearing discussion…in fact wish that Uncle Sixty's Gearing Primer for Newbs got more use.

    I am on just under 64 GI for awhile now, which I thoroughly enjoy. Have been on as high as 84 and just about anything in between over the past several years.

    But lately I have constantly been running into a phenomenon around here (flat, flat, Florida) where just about every fixed gear (and ss) rider I meet is only happy if they have huge gearing. No matter what I try to tell anybody about how my experiences lead me to believe spinning is the way to go, they all think I am crazy.

    In fact, I went on a ride with a new (to me) small group last night where a topic of discussion beforehand was about needing stepped lockrings so they can use 12t cogs...on the street? One guy I was riding next to as we were falling to the back of the pack said he thinks he needs to gear up to ride with that group and when I asked him what he was riding - I was flabbergasted when he replied 88. And he’s thinking of gearing up? When I told him I was in the 60’s, he looked down at my crank and said yeah, your legs are moving awfully fast.

    Maybe I am the one who’s got it wrong? I have to admit that after spinning my ass off for as long as I was able, it reached the point where I could not keep it up, slowed my cadence, and only caught up with them when they stopped. It’s got me seriously thinking of pulling out some of my smaller cogs

    Hmmm…

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    is 44/14 too low? I figure if I spin at 90 rpm, then 44/14 gets me around 22 mph, which is where I'd like to be when commuting on flats. I'm thinking about keeping the freewheel at 14, and the fixed gear at 16, just in case I run into rolling hills.

    what's easier to change, the fixed gear, or the freewheel? it would be smart to bring a couple of extra cogs, depending on where you travel with the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
    is 44/14 too low? I figure if I spin at 90 rpm, then 44/14 gets me around 22 mph.
    Are you turning a consistent 90RPM in a 44x14, which is 83GI?
    Effectively riding FG on the road isn't about plodding along in the biggest gear one can cram on but developing a fluid high cadence pedaling style with both spin & grunt on demand.
    Traditionally FG training has been in the low to mid 70GI range, for good reasons. Your 44 x 16 gives a 73GI, a good choice for even experienced FG riders.

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    48-17 on my FG. Will probably go down to something mid-60's if/when I decide to SS my road bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmSam View Post
    I love a good gearing discussion…in fact wish that Uncle Sixty's Gearing Primer for Newbs got more use.

    I am on just under 64 GI for awhile now, which I thoroughly enjoy. Have been on as high as 84 and just about anything in between over the past several years.

    But lately I have constantly been running into a phenomenon around here (flat, flat, Florida) where just about every fixed gear (and ss) rider I meet is only happy if they have huge gearing. No matter what I try to tell anybody about how my experiences lead me to believe spinning is the way to go, they all think I am crazy.

    In fact, I went on a ride with a new (to me) small group last night where a topic of discussion beforehand was about needing stepped lockrings so they can use 12t cogs...on the street? One guy I was riding next to as we were falling to the back of the pack said he thinks he needs to gear up to ride with that group and when I asked him what he was riding - I was flabbergasted when he replied 88. And he’s thinking of gearing up? When I told him I was in the 60’s, he looked down at my crank and said yeah, your legs are moving awfully fast.

    Maybe I am the one who’s got it wrong? I have to admit that after spinning my ass off for as long as I was able, it reached the point where I could not keep it up, slowed my cadence, and only caught up with them when they stopped. It’s got me seriously thinking of pulling out some of my smaller cogs

    Hmmm…

    64 seems a bit too low for Florida, I'd run low 70s think that puts you at like 20ish mph at 90. I think a lot of people just like trying to have mad street creds along with that fact that in the beginning you can mash way easier than you can spin so big gearing allows them to keep a fast pace.

    Which reminds me, I once did a sprint drag race on 69gi and it wasn't fun.

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    About 73gi (49x18 700x25c) which gives me a nice cruising speed for the road. Sometimes I think about gearing down and sometimes I think about gearing up, so I figure I've got it about right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bandera View Post
    Are you turning a consistent 90RPM in a 44x14, which is 83GI?
    Effectively riding FG on the road isn't about plodding along in the biggest gear one can cram on but developing a fluid high cadence pedaling style with both spin & grunt on demand.
    Traditionally FG training has been in the low to mid 70GI range, for good reasons. Your 44 x 16 gives a 73GI, a good choice for even experienced FG riders.

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    on a windless day, I'd say I average about 21, but yes, I'd like to work up to 90 rpm and above. and I'm not talking fg, but single speed. I usually coast through tight corners when I'm going fast. like I said, I'd like to keep the freewheel at 44/14 and the fg at 44/16

    that's why i brought up the question which is easier to take off. if I'm travelling with the bike, and I need to change my gearing ratio according to the terrain, should I change out the freewheel or the fg?
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