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bigger tires + low gear = fun

Old 04-02-06, 11:09 PM
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bigger tires + low gear = fun

Soo... my 700x23s are shot and I was broke and bored today so I decided to throw my old Vittoria Randonneur 700x28s and my old 46 tooth chainring on (instead of my 48). 46x18 with 700x28s and 170mm cranks = 68.4 gear inches according to Sheldon. The tallest gear I ever rode was 74.2 on 700x23s, so not a huge change, but wow. Rolling over rough streets is a blast, skipping is much more effective, trackstands are a snap, and my knees seem happier. Wow. This is REALLY making me want a singlespeed/fixed cross bike.
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Yeap. I'm 42x17 on the commuter w/28's. It's a zippy little dune buggy.
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Totally agree, I am rocking 46x17 on 28s with 165mm cranks on my commuter. Perfect amount of speed and painless riding.
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whats the thickest/biggest tire you can fit on 700c?
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how about 60c?
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Originally Posted by riotboy
whats the thickest/biggest tire you can fit on 700c?
depends on frame clearance and your rim width (Sheldon has a chart, http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html -- toward the bottom of that page he does width)
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i just converted my crosscheck to ss and run 39x15 with 28s. it's a blast to ride, and makes a perfect complement to my fixed which is setup primarily for speed.
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I ran 44x17 all winter on 35s great setup...like a big kids bmx
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I rode some Vittoria Tigrecross (GREEN!) for awhile, but the knobbies got on my nerves for streets. I'm back to 28s with 42x16 and loving it. I don't think I'd really want to go any bigger or smaller on tires.
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Surly Crosscheck, 42x16, Ritchey Trail Mix 35c rear, WTB Interwolf 38c front. All day, all year. It eats construction sites three meals a day.
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I rode my fixed mtb with 2.1" knobbies today, 44x18, and it was more fun than I remember, despite no real obstacles or reason to ride it (commute) besides a flat on the road bike that I didn't feel like fixing this morning.

63", 35psi fat tires = zoom (except slow and bouncy). So maybe = boing

Spin it!
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42x16 with 700x28 on my fix.
700x42 on my geared bike. (Fisher Dual Sport)
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Originally Posted by ieatrats
I rode my fixed mtb with 2.1" knobbies today, 44x18, and it was more fun than I remember, despite no real obstacles or reason to ride it (commute) besides a flat on the road bike that I didn't feel like fixing this morning.

63", 35psi fat tires = zoom (except slow and bouncy). So maybe = boing

Spin it!
How's your chainline running a 44T on a MTB frame? I'm trying to run something similar.....in the process of converting a mtb into a fixed gear using ENO hub.
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did the same thing yesterday for bike polo. i liked the feel. it was a good change. i dunno, spinning could wear your legs out faster, but the ease of stopping and accelerating...much more control.
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my cargo fixie now rocks 32's on a 42x18. 63 gear inches rocks!
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Originally Posted by humancongereel
the ease of stopping and accelerating...much more control.
There's a lot to be said for this. The higher top speed of a bigger gear is nice, but with all the stopping I do being able to slow down and get back up to speed quickly is great. Spinning like mad does get old sometimes, but the upside is you can slow down dramatically just by making your legs go dead.

I put in one of my fastest times to date getting to work today, meaning I was actually on time for once I wish I was able to count RPMs on the one descent because it was nuts. I got some crazy looks from pedestrians. I managed to make it all the way without putting a foot down too
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My commuter/rainbike runs 700x37s with 46-18 ratio. Has flatbars and a brake, loves to ride off-road.
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Originally Posted by The Fixer
How's your chainline running a 44T on a MTB frame? I'm trying to run something similar.....in the process of converting a mtb into a fixed gear using ENO hub.
Running a Kogswell/IRO fixed/fixed mountain hub, so it's perfectly straight - set up for a 52mm chainline with the outer of a mtb triple by memory. Certainly better than my road fix.

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aw hells yeah. Threw some priest bars, 700x35 tires and 42x16 gearing on my old conversion and it's a blast. built it for quick neighborhood runs but it could pass for a scorcher, now I've got to figure if it's better to add a basket or find some trails to ride.... tempted to go down to 39x16 on it too, hooked on this low gearing thing already...
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Man, I am so excited to get my new Angus. My old Miyata conversion is fine but limited to 23c in the fron. Hell, even some cheap 23s (Michelin Kyrlium?) would rub the fork underside-- lameness. I'm psyched to get something that'll take 28s, 'cause the sun-cracked road is none too pleasant on the commute.

That said, I took my 32x16 ss mtb to work a few times-- 13 miles daily...and it was somewhat torturous. Much more fun when you don't have to be at work by 9am and can go bombing around. Not so much spinspinspinspinspin for eternity.
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Ha. I thought I was the only one.
One of my favorite bikes to ride is an old Triumph roadster I set up 40x16 w/ 700x28s.
It's got the original 3-bolt, 40t chainring. Spin city!
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If it's not geared in the high eighties and wearing something thinner than x23, I've got no use for it.
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So why are you posting in this thread, anyway? Just curious.
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Originally Posted by jim-bob
If it's not geared in the high eighties and wearing something thinner than x23, I've got no use for it.
Originally Posted by anarchocyclist
So why are you posting in this thread, anyway? Just curious.
Ever get that feeling that everyone you know is gone and you're now part of 'the old guard' and maybe it's time to move on...this is appropriate because everyone on here used to know jim-bob as the guy who sometimes liked to ride stupid-fat tires and low gears, thus making his comment somewhat funny.
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