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Hello, Need Help!! Fixie People...Where You At ?!?!?

Old 06-20-19, 12:11 AM
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Hello, Need Help!! Fixie People...Where You At ?!?!?

Hey Everyone, I'm New To the Site. I'm From L.A
--My Question Is...What's The Best Gear Ratio For Climbing Hills.?--

°Right Now I'm Riding A "BreakBrake17 Karma" Frameset W/ Sram Omniums 165mm
& F.S.A Chainring 48T.
16T All-City Cog
°48T-16T Is My Gear Ratio...

**I Had Hear That,
°44T-16T Is A Good Ratio For Climbing & Still Have That Top Speed...True??
Thanks In Advance.
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Old 06-20-19, 12:29 AM
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It would be cheaper to put a 17t or 18t cog on the back
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Old 06-20-19, 12:32 AM
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Originally Posted by ceelint View Post
It would be cheaper to put a 17t or 18t cog on the back
Fursure. My friend told me to go 17T On The Back. He Said I'll Feel That Extra Tooth
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Old 06-20-19, 07:52 AM
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Depends on the hills, depends on your fitness, depends on how you ride. I ran 48x17 when I lived in LA, climbed Mt. Hollywood at Griffith Park on that gear. It was ******g hard but I got up there. Most of my riding was in the northeast LA area, ie Eagle Rock, Pasadena, La Canada, Glendale, etc, and it was good enough.

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46x19 served me well when I was in Pittsburgh. Can get pretty spinny though. You could go 48x19 or 20 if you ride tough hills routinely.
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Originally Posted by Riggs97 View Post
Fursure. My friend told me to go 17T On The Back. He Said I'll Feel That Extra Tooth
With 25 mm tires 48x16 is 79.37 inches.

48x17 is 74.61 inches.

That is a 6% difference. It will not be earth shattering but it will definitely be noticeable.

Get a cheap or used 17 tooth sprocket and see how it feels. Maybe you could borrow one from a friend just to try.

A larger sprocket is going to pull your wheel closer into the fork ends. You may have to add a link to your chain if your wheel is already most of the way into the fork end.


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I'm not running fixed, but I determined that 65 GI can get me up the steepest hill in my locale with my motor. I'm barely crawling up that hill, but it's my standard for what gearing I need. Now, I'm not a super strong cyclist. The ratios discussed in single speed threads on BF (along with descriptions of mileage etc.) suggest that there are some stronger riders out there, to say the least. I volunteered as a "bike escort" for a running race recently, and one of the guys rode up and down that same hill several times -- I think he was showing off, but I granted him that indulgence.
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It depends on so many variables: the bike frame, wheels and tyres, the rider's age, weight, fitness and technique, the steepness of the hills, the smoothness of the road surface... Everyone can tell you what they use but no one but you can decide what's suitable for you. Fortunately sprockets are cheap and chains are easy to adjust.

Remember that if you go for a lower gear to get up the hill, you're going to have to spin faster to get down again — or trail your brakes.

Riding fixed is all about compromise and determination: your choice of ratio is the best compromise for your local terrain, and your determination is what makes it work.

If you have a flip flop hub, have two options 2 teeth apart.
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