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POLL: What size cranks on your fixie?(12 posts)

POLL: What size cranks on your fixie?ss-nyc
Jul 21, 2003 6:12 AM
I have 170s on my geared and single-speed road bikes but have been told I should use 165s on my fixie when I build it. It seems that 5mm is just not worth the trouble and expense to purchase new cranks when I have a pair of 170s I can use.

- How important is it to use 165s on a fixie for the road?
- Can you tell me what you have on your fixie and why you chose it?
Jul 21, 2003 7:32 AM
'caus that's what was there.

Not worth changing, unless you have a VERY low BB, IMO.
170's ...Humma Hah
Jul 21, 2003 8:51 AM
... because they were available and they're my normal road length. I wanted vintage Campy Pista cranks, and the pickings were slim.

Because you can't coast thru corners, fixies have a little more problem with pedal clearance when banked over. 5mm is helpful if the pedals are tagging the pavement. You can get that much clearance by running fatter tires, choosing pedals that are as compact as practical, or maybe your frame inherently has the clearance due to a high BB.
170 on my fixie, 172.5 on my cheater nmPdxMark
Jul 21, 2003 9:02 AM
170 on crosser, 175 on road bike.KG 361
Jul 21, 2003 9:58 AM
I use them 'cause that's what was on them =)
165 fixed. 170 free. NMTrevo
Jul 21, 2003 11:18 AM
175, came that way, would much prefer shorter.dzrider
Jul 21, 2003 11:33 AM
I've had to learn to be much more careful of toe-overlap.
175mm on sscxbuffalosorrow
Jul 21, 2003 3:24 PM
The BB is higher, although I'd like to try 170/172.5's. I can not tell the differences.
I think with the longer (only a hair) that I may have more leverage running a freewheel, but on a fixie my have opposite affects trying to come to a halt, regardless I would rather use brakes and momentum to slow.
Jul 21, 2003 3:38 PM
no point in using 165 especially if you have a track frame with a high bottom bracket position.

i have 170 on both my fixed tt bike and my ss bike. when i first used fixed i had a normal road frame with 170 cranks, just use the cranks you have.
Jul 21, 2003 9:13 PM
170 - came that wayHung Solo
Jul 22, 2003 4:37 PM
I haven't had any cornering problems, but I don't take any chances. Nice and slow around the corners for me...
Jul 24, 2003 4:40 PM
165mm Bullseyes, cuz I like em short and I have graound clearance issues.