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Fixed gear for juniors....xcmntgeek
Apr 16, 2003 6:51 AM
I'm a mid level cat 3 junior and I'm looking at building up a fixed gear for a little different training. There is no velodrome anywhere near where I live and it is quite hilly, not long but VERY steep. As a junior with still developing knees (16yrs old) should I be concerned about riding a fixed gear? They look like a blast and I love SS mnt biking but I don't want to mess up my knees. Any comments?
fix vs ssSteve_0
Apr 16, 2003 7:51 AM
If you're already single-speeding, you're at no greater risk for knee injury on a fixed;

Just dont brake with your legs, and keep it geared properly for your terrain.
fix vs ssxcmntgeek
Apr 16, 2003 4:46 PM
What would be an appropriate gearing range? I already spin fast (95-110) when I'm racing, I always have. Most of the rides I do are steep rollers. Thanks
appropriate gearingPaulNYC
Apr 17, 2003 6:49 AM
It seems to me that since most road fixed bikes use around 2.5:1, ie. 40:16, that you may want something lower. SS mtb's are known to use 2:1, ie. 32:16 or 39:20. I imagine that would certainly put less stress going uphill.

Get some brakes though, unless you want to spin like crazy going down.

Good luck,
Apr 18, 2003 4:55 AM
I generally suggest 72" as a starting's a very versatile gear. Perhaps slightly lower if your rollers are quite steep. Maybe 2.5 as the other poster suggested.

Really, only YOU can answer that question, as only you are aware of your strengths and comfort level. On you next few rides, pick a gear and stick with it. Start with 72 inches. If it's unreasonable, next ride out drop a tooth. You'll have a good idea of where you should start.

There's really not much to lose if you select the 'wrong' gear on your fixie. Another 20 bucks and you can correct the problem.
Apr 18, 2003 4:56 AM
I meant add a tooth; sorry.