King of the Hipsters
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Bend, Oregon
Bikes: Realm Cycles Custom
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At 58 years of age, I presently consider myself in training for riding a fixed gear bike this spring (kinda backwards, eh?).
Therefore, I ride around town in just one gear, usually a 72" gear, and sometimes an 81" gear, and then I ride normally, using several gears, for a few days and let my knees recover and get stronger.
So far I feel myself making good progress.
Anyway, to address the issue: I ride with 35mm Innovas right now.
After getting turned around last night by frozen ruts, I plan to go to Nokkians next year.
I find that in order to ride around town in the worst conditions (frozen, rutted slush), in the same inch gear, I have to drop down to a 64" gear, which corresponds in a 700c tire to 48X20 or 42X18.
I think a year from now I might manage a 72" gear, which in a 700c tire corresponds to 48X18.
Otherwise, on dry pavement and the hills we have here in Oregon, with my summer Panaracer Tservs, I can do 81", or the typical 48X16.