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Fixed Gearing poll........Len J
Oct 30, 2003 8:44 AM
Since gearing and cadence are related directly, I would like to know what fixed gearing you are using, what cadence you normally ride at & what speed you are attempting to maintain on the flats with no wind.


My info:

Gearing: 42/17 fixed, 42/18 free
Cadence: 95 rpm
Speed: A little over 18MPH flats with no wind. Can obviously wind it up to a higher speed at a higher cadence, but this is my "comfortable' zone 2 speed.

re: Fixed Gearing poll........desmo
Oct 30, 2003 8:55 AM
48x17, 90-100 rpm more or less, 20mph+ anywhere I can.
re: Fixed Gearing poll........LC
Oct 30, 2003 9:24 AM
105 rpm
42x15 @ 85 rpm - fixed only nmdzrider
Oct 30, 2003 9:29 AM
Oct 30, 2003 10:47 AM
42x15 @ 85-90rpm, a little shy of 20mph
45 x 17 and 42 x 16. 18-20mph. I never counted rpms nmDave Hickey
Oct 30, 2003 9:43 AM
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Oct 30, 2003 10:38 AM
re: Fixed Gearing poll........T-Doc
Oct 30, 2003 11:25 AM
42x16- 100-110 intervals with 80 rpm recovery...not sure about speed, but about 20-21 top end during interval. 170 mm Cranks.
re: Fixed Gearing poll........stratoshark
Oct 30, 2003 12:04 PM
current gearing: 45/16 fixed, 45/16 free
cadence: 85-95
speed: 19-21 mph, allows me to keep up with most club rides

upcoming winter gearing: 42/16 fixed, 42/17 free
cadence: 90-105
speed: 18-20, but I will focus on cadence, not speed

re: Fixed Gearing poll........KEN2
Oct 30, 2003 2:55 PM
46 x 16 fixed = 21-22 mph @ 93-96 cadence.
42/18 Free; soon to be fixed 42/16hrv
Oct 30, 2003 3:55 PM
Don't know speed or cadence on my mtb roadie ss. Keepin' it simple.

Probably will need a speedo when I get and use the Langster for velodrome use. Have to go at least 12 mph or you'll be free-falling.

re: Fixed Gearing poll........Overhill
Oct 30, 2003 6:44 PM
Gear: 42/15 fixed
Cadence: est approx 85 to 95

Plan to go to a 17 for winter
42x15 @ 100rpm - works great (nm)B2
Oct 30, 2003 7:15 PM
re: Fixed Gearing poll........cmgauch
Oct 31, 2003 9:21 AM
Gearing: 48/16
Cadence: around 90 rpm (calculated)
Speed: 20-22MPH on the flats (so sez the Po-lice radar gun)

I'll get beter data once I put on a computer
42x16 @ 95-100 RPM = +/-20 MPH nmbiknben
Oct 31, 2003 10:48 AM
42/16 - no idea on RPMs or speedlaffeaux
Nov 3, 2003 11:51 AM
I've been riding a fixed bike as a commuter for the past couple of months. It's set up as a 42/16 fixed, and a 42/17 free (which I've not yet used). My commutes are flat and generally windy (tail wind in the a.m. and head wind in the p.m.), and I don't use a cyclometer on the bike.

I ride the fixie for fun and because it's less likely to be stolen when I lock it up in places where bikes tend to disappear.
48x18; normally about 20 mph flats; 95 rpms nmDougSloan
Nov 3, 2003 11:52 AM
re: Fixed Gearing poll........JS Haiku Shop
Nov 4, 2003 11:49 AM
gearing: 42/14 fixed, 42/16 free
cadence: yes

* 15-17 mph usualy average speed on my ss/fixie
* longest this year 66 miles 17 mph 42x14 fixed

assuming my average average (sic) is 16 mph on the fixie at 42x14, my calculations put median cadence at ~69 rpm. though i've never used a cadence sensor, this does not surprise me.

39x15 fixed, 39x16 free...Tig
Nov 4, 2003 6:34 PM
I like to spin, so anything above 95 is fine until I get past 120 or so. A speed range of 19-21 MPH (100-110 RPM) keeps me in the comfy zone, but that is not what SS/fixed gear riding is about! Pushing our legs and bodies outside of the comfort zone makes us stronger and smoother, but we all know about that in here.

I use the freewheel maybe once every 3 months.