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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)

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Old 12-09-12, 07:24 PM   #1
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Gearing and what it means

Hello all, I am a newbe trying to convert an old Healing road bike to a singlespeed/fixed. I am having a hard time figuring out what gear ratios will give me. To start I have a 52/20 But as of the moment this means little to me. I am reading like crazy but still kinda slow to understand. I will be riding on city streets in a town that is mostly flat. I don't have to bike up hills or anything. I am fit as I BMX race (don't understand gears for that either) but don't want to be killing my legs to get around. Thanks for the beginning insight!
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