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16 vs. 17 vs. 18 teeth freewheel??

Old 09-18-15, 03:35 PM
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Running 48x16 on my commuter and 44x20 on my winter bike. Can confirm. Vastly different rides.
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Old 09-18-15, 05:27 PM
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Old 02-27-16, 08:12 AM
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What the difference between a 18 teeth freewheel & a 16 freewheel

Neither is 'better' but a 16t freewheel will make it harder to pedal at low speeds, but you will be able to ride faster and keep up speed when your going faster. You'll probably have to shorten your chain though.

An 18t will be easier to pedal (only slightly) but you won't be able to ride as fast. Won't make too much difference though.
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Old 03-02-16, 02:35 AM
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Originally Posted by prooftheory View Post
There is a big difference between appending a new question to an old thread and answering someone seven years later.
I'm guessing a lot of people can't think outside the box and realize that people come here to look at the thread for information. I didn't realize that this info had a shelf life.
Just because the OP may not look at this doesn't mean tons of people who won't respond or even sign up for an account can't look at the info here.
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Old 04-25-16, 08:20 AM
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Originally Posted by stp28 View Post
I'm guessing a lot of people can't think outside the box and realize that people come here to look at the thread for information. I didn't realize that this info had a shelf life.
Just because the OP may not look at this doesn't mean tons of people who won't respond or even sign up for an account can't look at the info here.
If anyone is actually looking for information, the thread they are looking for is here. You should also look at this: https://www.bikeforums.net/singlespee...cky-index.html
I'm guessing that anyone who registers to comment on an old thread about gearing without actually reading those things first is more interested in their own opinions than actually helping people.
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Old 04-25-16, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Leo001 View Post
I ride a 42/17, and tried a 42/16 also, on the flat stretches I like the 16, but it makes the hills tough for me. If my area was all flat riding, I'd go with the 16 tooth cog. But as everyone already stated, there are so many variables (terrain, level of fitness, desired speed, etc...) free wheels are cheap, try both.
I'm new to the fixed gear thing myself. But this is my preference, as well. One thing is for sure though: you need to know your front before you figure out your rear.
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I ride 53/22 and can ride 22mph and climb up to 1/2 mile 10% grade hills. The hills are a challenge but it can be done. To go fast you need to be able to spin around 125 and not bounce. Oh and I ride SS I don't care for the FG.

OOps didn't notice how old this was.
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Thanks guys!

Originally Posted by solecal123 View Post
i am converting to singlespeed and have no knowledge on the number of teeth on a freewheel and how it affects the ride...so can you help me out by giving me advice on what each number of teeth(16, 17 , 18) would be meant for and why one more or one less tooth would make much of a difference
Reading this thread in 2021!
It’s been a big help. Cheers!
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They haven't changed how math works in the past five years, and even the physics of mechanical advantage, i.e., leverage have not changed since 2015. So this advice and discussion from years past is still relevant. Kudos to MGSH for looking up the existing thread instead of reposting the same question.



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As a related footnote, I was reading about my White freewheel and White mentions that a 1/8 chain doesn't fully seat on the 16T cog they make and may contribute to rapid chain wear. 3/32 chain is ok. My White 16 sits in its little box since then.
I've got an incremental range of whites 16-23, sometimes I feel like a spin, sometimes I feel like a mash
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On the subject of zombies and zombie threads, here's my opinion for what it's worth, which probably ain't much.

Some members hate when old threads are resurrected. I've often been puzzled by this. What is the use of the search function if not to find old information, and if you have something to add to the discussion, then why not? Resurrecting good threads can help people who otherwise would never have seen the original topic. And I find it interesting to see all of the user names that are usually no longer with us. Either they've moved on altogether or maybe just moved to other areas of the forum, who knows?

Anyway, I say bring back good threads. Why create new ones that cover already-trodden ground. Why have 1,000 topics titled "what's the best gear ratio for hilly city riding"? Or "how many skid patches with XXX combo"? If the information doesn't change, maybe one thread on that topic's enough?

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