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    Gearing Down

    I've been riding two Bikes geared at 44x16 73.4 gear inches 110RPM@24MPH
    and 47x17 72.2 gear inches 110RPM@23.6MPH

    My rides have been averaging 65RPM usually with a high of 105-115RPM depending upon the hills I take and the traffic.

    There is very little truly flat road where I ride.
    I feel a little slow when starting and on the worst hills I am just about doing a Track Stand by the time I hit the peaks.

    There have only been a couple of downhills where I got that "yikes" feeling when I started to spin up too high.

    I would also like a bit more braking power and get my average RPMs up.

    I'm planning to try going to 44x18 65.2 gear inches 110RPM@21.4MPH and 46x19 64.6 gear inches 110RPM@21.1MPH
    Does that seem like small enough change to not be too drastic but enough to make a difference?
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    You will have a fun time on descents at 65". Perhaps try one tooth larger and practice your spin before gearing down another step.
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    I did ride 44x17 for a few days and didn't spin out.

    I will now have 16, 17, 18 and 19 to try.
    They just won't all match finishes (egads!) as my 16/18 are chrome and the 17/19 are black.

    The first time I got over 120rpm I was a little nervous.
    I don't have the desire to go faster than 25mph which would be about 130rpm at my lower gearing.

    Thing is, generally I am more often over-geared than under-geared.
    Climbing sucks more than descents.

    As I get stronger I might move back up, but my legs are pretty sore right now
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    If you get the "yikes" feeling from spinning too fast going down hills than gearing down will make that feeling worse. But at 44x17 you could skid pretty easily to control your speed.

    Personally one of the things I love about fixed gear is if you wanna go faster, get to the top of the hill, or whatever, you just need to just pedal harder. Otherwise just get a bike with gears.

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