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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 11-06-05, 06:58 PM   #1
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First time single speed/fixed gear suggestion

I finally got a flip-flop hub wheel (2nd hand) and am ready to turn my '72 Bottecchia into a single speed/fixed gear.

this will be the first time for me (okay, well...I rode a Schwinn single speed when I was a kid)
the Nervar Chain ring up front is 40 tooth, and I'm going to go with it to keep the kit low $$ out put.

I am thinking of going with 16 tooth freewheel/15 tooth track cog

does this seem about right?

thanks for all help
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Old 11-06-05, 07:37 PM   #2
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40-15 might be a little short if you are in a flat area. There's plenty of 14-tooth cogs out there for when you decide your legs need more mashing and less spinning though.

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Old 11-06-05, 08:59 PM   #3
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I second that. You should check sheldon browns site for gear inch conversions and if you do some searches on here I am pretty sure you can find what size drivetrain others are running. right now I am running a 42-16, seems pretty decent.
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