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What's your gear ratio of choice?

Old 07-10-09, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by das_pyrate View Post
you got used to skidding through tires? or do you run a brake?
Rotate my tires after a ride. Keeps 'em semi fresh, if it gets bad I'll just switch front and rear tire. Saves money.
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Old 07-10-09, 04:42 PM
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48/18 in Atlanta, about to drop to 48/17.
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Old 07-10-09, 05:09 PM
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42X17 700C Crosser, for moderate trail use, and spinning to and from work.
This helped my natural tendency to grind along at 75 up to spinning at 110 rpm.
 
Old 07-10-09, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Mattpatt View Post
Rotate my tires after a ride. Keeps 'em semi fresh, if it gets bad I'll just switch front and rear tire. Saves money.
hmm. interesting. i might start doing that.

i'm still probably getting a 17t cog tho
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Old 07-10-09, 06:31 PM
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Only problem is you're putting a bad tire in front. Rotating is a good idea, but I'd stay away from swapping a worn out tire up.
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Old 07-10-09, 06:34 PM
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yeah i like the rotating part, not the using bad tires part.
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Old 07-10-09, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by das_pyrate View Post
yeah i like the rotating part, not the using bad tires part.
I'm a college student need to save monies anyway possible.
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Old 07-10-09, 07:43 PM
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48/15 on anywhere LOL i dont know much...but im use to it
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Old 07-10-09, 08:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Mattpatt View Post
I'm a college student need to save monies anyway possible.
rotate the rear, but don't switch out tires. coming from someone who just fractured his jaw in 5 places, accidents suck and will cost you much more than some money for a tire.

never, ever put a used rear tire up front. it is okay, however, for you to ride your rear tire til death, then put your used front one in the back and get a new front tire.
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Old 07-10-09, 11:03 PM
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im running 39/14
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Old 07-11-09, 12:11 AM
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I'm sorry, I'm actually 46:17
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Old 07-11-09, 12:33 AM
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48:18. Really good around town gear and lets me maintain a pretty high speed for long periods of time by keeping a high cadence. After running this ratio for a year I can spin quick enough that at sprint night I was competitive across the field of mostly bike messengers with higher gears or road bikes so I don't think it would make me much faster to go to a higher gear, and it'd probably lower my endurance making me slower over long distances. Plus the acceleration of a lower gear lets you accelerate through traffic a lot easier.
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Old 07-11-09, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by a_elephant View Post
46:18 here too. Perfect for Seattle.
are you running ss?
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Old 07-11-09, 10:11 PM
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52:18 I'm gonna add a 19t or 20t cog so I can get a high cadence on the days I don't feel like mashing.
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Old 07-12-09, 12:06 AM
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Put a prime number (17) in the rear, gear for less than 72 gear inches (46 X 17), and stop intentionally skidding.
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Old 07-12-09, 12:13 AM
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does anybody know what gear ratio comes stock on a bianchi pista? i'm pretty new to the fixed gear scene and i've been riding it in NYC for a few months but im curious if anyone suggests a different ratio
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Old 07-12-09, 12:24 AM
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Originally Posted by goldfa09 View Post
does anybody know what gear ratio comes stock on a bianchi pista? i'm pretty new to the fixed gear scene and i've been riding it in NYC for a few months but im curious if anyone suggests a different ratio
48:16 which is horrid. Buy a 17t cog
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Old 07-12-09, 12:29 AM
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56:14 rolling on 12'' wheels. I got me some granny bars and phil wood hubs
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Old 07-12-09, 12:30 AM
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The bianchi pista is 25:32 and comes with clown shoes
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Old 07-12-09, 08:55 AM
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^^ good one *******
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Old 07-12-09, 11:44 AM
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i'm riding 46/16. good for hills, flatland. i'm riding on 175mms. gets a little fast for my taste going down steep hills.
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Old 07-12-09, 12:04 PM
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between 75 and 77 gear inches
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Old 07-12-09, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Bob_Ross View Post
i'm riding 46/16. good for hills, flatland. i'm riding on 175mms. gets a little fast for my taste going down steep hills.
Same on all that, except 165mm cranks.

There's a few hills I have to ride my brake on.
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Old 07-12-09, 03:56 PM
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43/15. just came down in chainring size from a 48t..way too strong.
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Old 07-12-09, 04:08 PM
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40 x 15
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