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Gearing Suggestions...(4 posts)

Gearing Suggestions...Sean OConnor
Sep 3, 2003 6:04 AM
I'm new to road single speed, and I've just built up a Streetdog. I need help figuring out what gearing to use. I've got a 50t front chainring. Most of my rides are rolling hills, in Central New Hampshire. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
do you have a geared bike?Steve_0
Sep 3, 2003 6:32 AM
if so, putz around CNH this saturday, experimenting with gears until you find the ratio most comfortable for your terrain and riding style.

Then just transfer the ratio to the SS.

Noone can provide optimal gearing for you; only you can do that.
Sep 3, 2003 9:28 AM
50x19 is a good middle ground to start at. Only your legs can tell you if you need a little more or less...course the whole point of SS is that you rarely have the perfect gear.
re: Gearing Suggestions...PdxMark
Sep 3, 2003 10:24 AM
I started out at 48/19 (2.52 ratio), which felt OK for my thighs, but gave my knees a bit of trouble after awhile. I was climbing hills of 1000', but the trouble seemed to occur more when I started from a stop light on an uphill. I've switched to 44/18 (2.44 ratio), and everything is much better.

So, listen to your knees. I'd start out with a 20 cog (2.5 ratio) and go from there. But, only you can really know. It might be hard to get the exact right-feeling gearing with your existing ring.