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16 tooth freewheel versus 22 tooth freewheel.

Old 11-25-15, 06:05 PM
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16 tooth freewheel versus 22 tooth freewheel.

Has anyone experimented changing a 16 tooth freewheel in favor of a 22 tooth freewheel on their single speed bike? How much easier was it to go up grades and hills? How much high end did you give up?
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Old 11-25-15, 06:12 PM
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Old 11-25-15, 06:18 PM
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That's a huuuuuge gearing change.
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You can calculate the % change .. assign easier a Number , too .

You can put a 22t cog on a 3 speed hub and the high is still 1.33 X Bigger than that , low is 0.75 X that.
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Old 11-25-15, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
That's a huuuuuge gearing change.
And by that he means huge. Even changing the cog by 1 tooth is a noticeable difference.
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Old 11-25-15, 07:48 PM
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The wheels are 20 inch and the front chain ring 44 teeth. So it shoud make a good hill climber?

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Old 11-25-15, 08:32 PM
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Depends. What is on the front?
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Originally Posted by elmore leonard View Post
The wheels are 20 inch and the front chain ring 44 teeth. So it shoud make a good hill climber?
If you are currently running a 44 x 16 on a 20 inch wheel that is 51 gear inches. Most of us would consider that fairly low gearing for the road. It is typical to run somewhere around 75 gear inches on the road.

if you change to 44x22 that is going to net about 37 gear inches. That is very low gearing but would be great for climbing. I would not be so good for the flat.

Do you find that your current gearing is to high or too low?
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Currently running 86 gear inches on one bike and 68.9 on the other. Not much climbing here however so they work for me.
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Bike has chopper style handle bars, BMX curved seat post, 20 inch wheels, chrome, pink chain ring and just a bike to fool around with and have fun. No serious travelling to be done on this one. Maybe make a good parade bike for a Clown or something like that? Just a winter project thing. I ordered both a 18 and a 22 freewheel.

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Old 11-26-15, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by elmore leonard View Post
Has anyone experimented changing a 16 tooth freewheel in favor of a 22 tooth freewheel on their single speed bike?
Raylon thinks you should stick with the 16, it'll make you tough.
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Old 11-26-15, 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by ggpepper View Post
Raylon thinks you should stick with the 16, it'll make you tough.
My regular ride is a fixie with 16 that I ride a lot..
But this one is fun to ride and really works the upper leg muscles.
Here is the bike I'm experimenting with.
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You should ride what you like, I know I do. I look at your bikes, and they do not make sense to me, and others might say the same in different ways. Yet, you should get the freewheel you want and ride the wheels off of those bikes.
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