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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 11-13-05, 10:48 AM   #1
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What is typical coaster-brake gearing?

For factory cruiser bikes and other factory coaster brake bikes, what gear ratios are typical? I'm just curious as to how my fixed-gear compares, gear wise, with factory coaster brake bikes.

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I'm guessing with a common 44/18t 26x2.125 bike, you'd get about 63 gear inches.
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About 60 inches to 65 inches would be ideal for most riders. But, for some reason, "one speed" beach cruisers are sometimes sold that are about 75 inches. I would not want to ride up a sand dune at 75 inches. The excuse for hard gearing seems to be that such gears have been used for decades. A poor excuse for designing a bike.

Trek sells a beach cruiser that is set much feels like it might be around 55 inches. That "easy" gearing is suitable for an "hour a month" rider who wants to ride slowly and easily along a beach, or on a dirt trail. That sort of rider would likely struggle with 75 inches, except on smooth, level pavement.
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