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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)
View Poll Results: what is the gear-inches measurement of your fixed-gear road-use bike?
below 59
2
1.03%
59-64
1
0.51%
64-68
12
6.15%
68-71
42
21.54%
71-74
50
25.64%
74-77
42
21.54%
77-81
23
11.79%
81-85
16
8.21%
85-90
3
1.54%
above 90
4
2.05%
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what's your fixed gear inches for use on road?

Old 06-08-07, 08:24 AM
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44x18 / 64.2"

Plenty of hills around here.
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Old 06-08-07, 09:03 AM
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i'm at 51/18 right now which i think is 74.2 gear inches, been with that about a week or so, my legs are a little sore.
i was at 52/19 which is 71.9.

76 is about the highest i'll go until they build a track here. i have no brake holes and try not to skid so much, so i gots to backpedal.
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Old 06-08-07, 09:49 AM
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I just changed mine from 42x16 (69 g.i.) to 43x15 (75 g.i.) because I was feeling a little spun out on the open road. I'm surprised how much heavier it feels, particularly in a headwind. I guess I'll keep it for the summer but then go back to 69 when I put the fenders back on for the winter.
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Old 06-08-07, 10:03 AM
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I run a 44X17 (70") on my clincher wheelset and a 44X16 (74.3") on my tubular wheels. This way I can go all "spinny" on a training type ride and for riding with the roadies in my club I put on the zippy feather-weight wheels so that I can hang with the multi-geared bikes.
BTW there are plenty of short sprinters' hills in my area, in fact it is very difficult to find a flat road of any distance.
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Old 06-18-08, 10:34 PM
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update

48x16

formerly 44/16 ... 44/13

42/16 ... 42/13

soon 48/13 on the flipside
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would a jump from 88" to 102" be too drastic?

I was running 46x16 and jumped to 46x14 but although it feels faster...there is still not much of a kick. so now i just got my hands on a 12 tooth cog, would it be too hard? from the numbers, the difference of 24" seems kind of huge.
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Old 06-19-08, 08:01 PM
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102" seems slightly massive....where are you riding this bike?
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49:16 on bike #1 and 46:17 on bike #2
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Originally Posted by dervish View Post
102" seems slightly massive....where are you riding this bike?

it's mostly flat where i stay....... but the 12 tooth cog looks so damn beautiful.

the 46x14 does not seems to be much different from the previous 46x16. the effort to get it going is relatively the same but the speed of course is noticebly faster.

that is why i am toying with the idea of going another 2 tooth down but once i punched in the numbers into the gear inches calculator the differences seems to be huge between 46x14 and 46x12.

anyone tried the two ratios before?
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Old 06-20-08, 05:22 AM
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44/16 fixed
44/17 free wheel

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Old 06-20-08, 06:27 AM
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46/18 or 48/18 it depends on the day & what I feel like.
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42-15 fixed, 42-17 ss on my San Jose. 48-17 or 44-19 fixed on my Raleigh, 44-18 or 48-18 ss. Raleigh has a double crank and Surly Dingle cog.

I likes options.
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My fixed bikes are getting equal ride time and I choose the bike / gearing depending on the task at hand.

Touring / utility bikes are 58/65 and 65/75

The folder is 69.

Road bike is 76.
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70.7 0n one side and adding a 15t cog for 80.2 on other side
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Originally Posted by JayKay View Post
it's mostly flat where i stay....... but the 12 tooth cog looks so damn beautiful.

the 46x14 does not seems to be much different from the previous 46x16. the effort to get it going is relatively the same but the speed of course is noticebly faster.

that is why i am toying with the idea of going another 2 tooth down but once i punched in the numbers into the gear inches calculator the differences seems to be huge between 46x14 and 46x12.

anyone tried the two ratios before?
ive ridden in the high 90s in a flat area before and it wasnt too bad, just as long as youre confident in your stopping capability
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Old 07-22-10, 01:12 PM
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Gear Inches for Fixed Gear Road

Setup: 165 cranks with 700 x 25 tires

Running 47T x 19T for 65 gear inches. Great to learn fixed gear brakeless on for the first couple months. Now that I've amassed hundreds of miles, have been spinning out with the training flats and rollers and wanting to go up.

Going to 53T x 19T for 74 gear inches soon enough!

To find your own gear inches setup, check out Rabbit calculator: http://software.bareknucklebrigade.c...it.applet.html

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46x16, 76.2
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old thread
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Old 07-27-10, 11:13 PM
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70.4 but changing to 73.4 soon
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