i am converting my trusty geared winter MTB to a singlespeed this fall...
what i hope is to get gear suggestions from singlespeed winter cyclists...
i live in winnipeg, manitoba, canada.... we get lots of snow and ice... a variety of conditions...
this bike would be for the worst days... and becuase of all the ice and "brown sugar" i will use this bike most of the time...
I usually ride 52 x 15 on my road bike on flat roads but I'm thinking 42 x 16 would work well for winter for the single speed. I'm also building my first single speed for winter and will be experimenting with gear ratios. I know that I want it a little lower than what I usually ride in for summer but I don't want it too low or I will loose all leg strength from spinning too easy of gears.
what chainring sizes do you run?
i'm not to familiar with the gear inches.... how do u calculate gear inches?
i run 40/16 on my summer singlespeed rain bike and 52/19on my fair conditions fixie...
my chainring choices are 34 and 46... i was thinking of runnin 34/15 or 34/16..
my cannondale is a 92 m1000 or something... it's been my studded winter bike for 3 winters... i only run a fender on the back when it gets slushy... and occasonally a rack... i'll post pics when it's done...
TBL Onyx Pro(ss converted), Pake SS (starting to look kinda pimped)
I did 44x16 over the last winter, having converted to SS. I did find it was a bit tall for snow-up-to-here riding but for general go-about-town riding it's pretty good. Here's a pic of my setup in the back.
I've been told a general offroad gearing is a 2:1 As I have the old proprietary XT crank/ring combo I'm going to grab 22 cog add to the two currently on there and be able to pick and choose depending on the day's requirements.
Then comes IceBike Racing. woohooo....bring on the snow!!!