Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
Reload this Page >

Suggested fixed gear ratio for city riding?

Notices
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)

Suggested fixed gear ratio for city riding?

Old 10-12-09, 03:13 AM
  #1  
databike
puppy mangler
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 69
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Suggested fixed gear ratio for city riding?

I'm running 48/16 gear ratio, stock with the kilo tt.
What do you guys run and what do you suggest?

also, to change gear ratio i simply change the chain ring and/or cog right?
example:
get 46t chain ring and get a 15t cog and my new gear ratio would be 46/15.
databike is offline  
Old 10-12-09, 06:52 AM
  #2  
FOBx530
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 151
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
yes, most city ppl ride 17t cog.

from what i've seen...
FOBx530 is offline  
Old 10-12-09, 08:43 AM
  #3  
adriano 
*
 
adriano's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Baltimore
Posts: 6,878

Bikes: http://velospace.org/node/18951

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
try 48x19.
__________________

α
adriano is offline  
Old 10-12-09, 09:23 AM
  #4  
destikon
FNG
 
destikon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Quarry Stone
Posts: 877

Bikes: Raleigh Special * Nishiki MTN Winter Commuter * Trek Soho 3 * Specialized Langster Seattle

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I ride 42 X 15. It's perfect for my terrain which is mostly flat with 2) 1 mile hills and 6 months of brutal wind.
__________________
Originally Posted by powers2b View Post
time's up
destikon is offline  
Old 10-12-09, 10:06 AM
  #5  
whitekimchee
yesterday you said tom.
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 457

Bikes: Bianchi Pista 07, Dodici Veloce

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'm about to switch from 48x16 to 48x18. I'll let you know how it feels.
whitekimchee is offline  
Old 10-12-09, 07:42 PM
  #6  
RooNYC
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 81
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Im riding 46X18 but I live in Washington Heights and deal with tons of hills (highest elevation in Manhattan and some street down by the Hudson at water level.) I also ride to work in Yonkers and have to deal with hills in the Bronx and Westchester. I could ride 46X16 or harder gears but 46X18 is the most comfortable for me both up and down steep hills.

Really though, cities are all different and neighborhoods vary so its a bout how hilly your average ride is and what works for your legs.

Changing from 46/16 to 46/15 isnt going to feel all that different. If you want an easier gear try getting a 44 chainring and keeping the 16.
RooNYC is offline  
Old 10-12-09, 07:44 PM
  #7  
dcdude
Senior Member
 
dcdude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 285
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
i'm riding 46/17 in the city.

easy to skid stop, accelerate, and slow down. though on steep descents it gets a little squirrely and may spin out
dcdude is offline  
Old 10-12-09, 08:03 PM
  #8  
dsh
Oh, you know...
 
dsh's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: DC
Posts: 2,834

Bikes: '74 Schwinn Sports Tourer (Polo), S-Works E5 Team Festina (Chorus 11), Trek 2200 Bonded Carbon (Fixed), Trek 920 (7 speed IGH), Chesini Olimpiade SL (1x7)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
46x18 is the best ratio for city riding for anyone in any city of any fitness level with any kind of bike.

If you aren't using 46x18 you are wrong.
dsh is offline  
Old 10-12-09, 08:12 PM
  #9  
dinosore
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 33
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
42/16 and a 52/21 is what i rock on the day to day...but if you cant resist urges to skid 17t cogs will give you the most skid patches and help make that rear tire last more then a week...a friend of mine enjoys his 42/17 works well for him...
dinosore is offline  
Old 10-12-09, 08:12 PM
  #10  
tgscordv6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 514
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
48x17

I spin out on the straights sometimes.
tgscordv6 is offline  
Old 10-12-09, 08:21 PM
  #11  
roadfix
hello
 
roadfix's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 18,602
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 158 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 9 Times in 6 Posts
Start out with any combo that'll give you close to 70 GI.
roadfix is offline  
Old 10-12-09, 08:23 PM
  #12  
chrism32205
Senior Member
 
chrism32205's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 670

Bikes: Bianchi Axis (commuter), Specialized Tricross S-Works, BMC Team Machine SLT01, Mercier Kilo TT

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
46x18, 42x16, 46x17, 48x18 are all good for city use. I've used them all at some time, currently using 46x18 on a kilo setup as a commuter.
chrism32205 is offline  
Old 10-12-09, 08:30 PM
  #13  
AEO
Senior Member
 
AEO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: A Coffin Called Earth. or Toronto, ON
Posts: 12,258

Bikes: Bianchi, Miyata, Dahon, Rossin

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
high 60's, low 70's

38x15 on 700x23 for me.
__________________
Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
http://sanfrancisco.ibtimes.com/arti...ger-photos.htm
AEO is offline  
Old 10-13-09, 08:59 AM
  #14  
hairnet
Fresh Garbage
 
hairnet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 13,196

Bikes: N+1

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 346 Post(s)
Liked 11 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by tgscordv6 View Post
48x17

I spin out on the straights sometimes.
Go down some steep hills and learn to spin!
hairnet is offline  
Old 10-13-09, 09:29 AM
  #15  
ddddeuces
v& and b&
 
ddddeuces's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 36

Bikes: 2009 Motobecane Jury, 2008 SE Draft(polo)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
i ride 46/16. does me just fine and i have 8 skid patches.
ddddeuces is offline  
Old 10-13-09, 10:54 AM
  #16  
luketg08
woopwoop
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 114
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by dsh View Post
46x18 is the best ratio for city riding for anyone in any city of any fitness level with any kind of bike.

If you aren't using 46x18 you are wrong.
It is the only gear ratio.
luketg08 is offline  
Old 10-13-09, 10:58 AM
  #17  
roastbeef
8 Full Hours of Sleep
 
roastbeef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Hayward, CA
Posts: 640

Bikes: IRO Mark V, Yeti 575, Italvega Nuovo Sport

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by adriano View Post
try 48x19.
this. reasonably tall gearing, tons of skid patches.
roastbeef is offline  
Old 10-13-09, 11:09 AM
  #18  
Redline927
asphalt demon
 
Redline927's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 288
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
the (only) answer is 46x16. Now close the thread. Its over. I win.
Redline927 is offline  
Old 10-13-09, 11:16 AM
  #19  
hairnet
Fresh Garbage
 
hairnet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 13,196

Bikes: N+1

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 346 Post(s)
Liked 11 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by Redline927 View Post
the (only) answer is 46x16. Now close the thread. Its over. I win.
52x18 > 46x16
hairnet is offline  
Old 10-13-09, 11:22 AM
  #20  
superdex
staring at the mountains
 
superdex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Parker, CO
Posts: 4,311

Bikes: Fairdale Goodship, Spesh Crux

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 288 Post(s)
Liked 30 Times in 24 Posts
ahem. Which city?
superdex is offline  
Old 10-13-09, 11:23 AM
  #21  
seau grateau
Senior Member
 
seau grateau's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: PHL
Posts: 9,725

Bikes: Litespeed, IRO

Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1227 Post(s)
Liked 153 Times in 87 Posts
Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
52x18 > 46x16
52x19 > 52x18
seau grateau is offline  
Old 10-13-09, 11:30 AM
  #22  
caloso
Senior Member
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 38,326

Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper

Mentioned: 59 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1959 Post(s)
Liked 355 Times in 198 Posts
Originally Posted by roadfix View Post
Start out with any combo that'll give you close to 70 GI.
This. Then go up or down a tooth or two until you find the sweet spot. FWIW: 42x16 on 700c wheels = 69 g.i.

And that, my friend, is the Perfect Gear.
caloso is online now  
Old 10-13-09, 02:34 PM
  #23  
databike
puppy mangler
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 69
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by caloso View Post
This. Then go up or down a tooth or two until you find the sweet spot. FWIW: 42x16 on 700c wheels = 69 g.i.

And that, my friend, is the Perfect Gear.

yo what is g.i.?
databike is offline  
Old 10-13-09, 02:47 PM
  #24  
bcasperson
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 11
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I run a 48/17 on my Kilo, but that's only because I deliver on my bike and the hills wear me out after a few hours.
bcasperson is offline  
Old 10-13-09, 03:07 PM
  #25  
caloso
Senior Member
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 38,326

Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper

Mentioned: 59 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1959 Post(s)
Liked 355 Times in 198 Posts
Originally Posted by databike View Post
yo what is g.i.?
g.i. means gear inches.
caloso is online now  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.