|gearing for hilly areas?||sslos|
Nov 19, 2003 5:56 PM
|this is prolly a topic that's been beat to death, but i'm just getting ready to convert my bianchi reparto corsa el/os over to fixed, and was wondering about gear size for san diego.
the hills here tend to be pretty steep, and i'm new to fixie riding. i already have a 39t chainring, and a 16t cog- giving a 64.3" gear.
would that just be ridiculously small to start?
thanks in advance for the input.
|Good place to start..||Dave Hickey|
Nov 19, 2003 7:42 PM
|Nothing wrong with 64 gear inches for hilly areas. You might want to even start smaller. I ride 70 inches on flat Texas terrain.|
|I live amongst the hills as well||wspokes|
Nov 20, 2003 4:33 AM
|I have about 200 miles of fixed in since building up my bike and I started with a 39x18t. I live in hilly Pennsylvania regions...I am going to a 16t. The 18 is super comfortable for the hills but after some experimentation, I now know a 16 would be a bit better for me. I would say you could go lower to start and then if you find it is good and you want to bump up...do so! Good luck and enjoy.|
|That's close to my gearing...||PdxMark|
Nov 20, 2003 2:37 PM
|I ride 44/18. It works well for commuting & climbing. I even rode a 450 mile tour on it this summer. The devil in the details is the grade of the hills you're riding. During the tour I went up some hills with 10-14% grades. I just barely got up the steepest hill - rather than RPMs, the relevent units for cadence was seconds/revolution. 6%-8% grades are just fine for me, however.
It sounds like you're at a good starting point, but listen to your KNEES. If they aren't happy, change the gearing. I ended up changing both my chainring & cog to get the ratio I wanted. It allowed me to get a finer gearing change than if I had just changed the cog.
|I'm in the same area....||rcmann|
Nov 20, 2003 4:26 PM
|and spend time slogging around the hills in Camp Pendleton with a 49/19 which ends up being a 67+. It's perfect around here, hurts a bit up the steep ones but not too bad, gives a nice comfortable 20mph on the flats. 64 should be good, you may want to kick it up a bit but not too much.|| |