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Typical fixed/track bike gearing for street?(9 posts)

Typical fixed/track bike gearing for street?chewbacca
Aug 13, 2001 10:20 AM
Looking at building a fixed gear bike and wondering if there is a typical gearing/ratio choice?


60-70 (42x17, 39x16)nm
Aug 13, 2001 10:31 AM
Spin your little fanny off.MB1
Aug 13, 2001 11:19 AM
How hilly is it where you ride? In Washington DC and Virginia I use 39X15, Miss M uses 39X14. Lotta hills but nothing long. The problem is more going down than going up.
That's geared a bit short....Greg Taylor
Aug 13, 2001 11:37 AM
Gearing for a fixie depends on where you ride and what you are using it. If you are using it for training to get constant high rpms, then gearing it short makes sense. If you are looking for general riding or commuting, and it ain't too hilly, you will want something taller. I run a bit over 75 gear inches (46 x 16) and have a ball. Sprints are still spin-fests, but I can keep up with my multi-geared bretheren.
Aug 13, 2001 12:02 PM
...i'm building a fixed out of a 26" wheeled cruiser bike.

nothing to train on, just to cruise around or ride to work.
i won't be doing too many hills. i live in berkeley,ca

i'll be leaving the hills to my geared bikes...

Aug 13, 2001 3:51 PM
I have a 43 X 16 on one side and an 18 on the other side of the wheel. I just flip the rear wheel according to terrain.
i run a 34x16 on my single speed mountain bikeDeGeared
Aug 13, 2001 4:56 PM
26 inch wheels with 2.5 dh tires
46 x 18tommyb
Aug 13, 2001 5:01 PM
I run 46 x 18 on an old beater cross bike. Perfect for cruising at 17 - 18 mph, but I can hang on to the Saturday morning crowd for a couple of miles at 25 mph or 125 rpm. Can you say max heart rate?
get a flip flip hub....also a question about locktightishmael
Aug 14, 2001 6:29 AM
but, i just got one and found out that one side doesnt except a lock ring so it cant really take two cogs. i guess its supposed to take one freewheel...i put blue locktight on the side without the lockring and i was wondering if that is strong enought to hold it on..does anyone know..i ride with a front brake but i like to brake with the pedals also...and if i doesnt hold will i die