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Fixed gear gearing?(10 posts)

Fixed gear gearing?Ray Still
Oct 5, 2001 1:53 PM
Just trying to get some feedback here spent my first week on my winter ride Surly steamroller Fixed gear I'm currently using 46X16 close to 75 gearinches wondering if the other fixed gear riders can give me an ideal of their gearing for different types of terrain ie, flat, rolling and mountain training.
Would appreciate any and all feedback.

Thank you
Ray Still
Anywhere from 52 to a little over 100 ...Humma Hah
Oct 5, 2001 3:39 PM
At the bottom end is singlespeed mountainbiking, commonly around 2:1 gearing, or about 52 gear inches. For really severe stuff, they may venture down to 48 or so.

The traditional gearings for general road use are "around 2.5" gear ratios, putting the gear inches at about 65. 75 would be a little tall, but OK for flatter road work if you feel up to it.

Beginners track bikes are typically around 85 gear inches. I felt like I could have used higher, but I'm a chronic masher.

The guys with the really big legs may gear track bikes up in the 100-110 range. Remember, no hills, little drag, speed is everything for this application.
At the NSA/OCE Fixte Century on a fairly flat-but not completlyMB1
Oct 5, 2001 4:30 PM
flat route we were using 42x16 and 39x14. That works for the DC area which is somewhat hilly but mostly flat. Your gearing would be on the upper end of what you would see around here.

46 x 16 -- Use It Anywhere! (nm)Greg Taylor
Oct 5, 2001 4:43 PM
alone or in a group?jacques
Oct 5, 2001 5:55 PM
If you find a good gear for your off-season solitary rides, add one tooth in the rear for an off-season group ride. For faster group rides, you can't go wrong with 3:1, like a 48x16, 51x17, etc.
"F" in mathjacques
Oct 5, 2001 5:59 PM
Dont ADD one tooth in the rear for the group ride. SUBTRACT one tooth. Sorry for the confusion.
re: Fixed gear gearing?tr
Oct 5, 2001 7:26 PM
I have been riding fixed gear in the winter for 5 or 6 winters now. I ride a 42 on the front and on the rear i use a track hub with 16 on one side for flatter stuff and an 18 on the other side for hilly stuff. I just flip the wheel according to what i am riding that day. I guess your gearing really depends on what you are working on, power or spin. Just make sure if you go for power, work your way up slowly to the bigger gears. On the track, they gradually go to a bigger gear as the season gets older. Riding a smaller gear and spinning to get the high speed is very benefical also. I would advise you to do a little of both. When you go back to the gears in the spring you will feel more powerful (you can bet on it)
re: Fixed gear gearing?tr
Oct 6, 2001 3:14 PM
forgot to add one thing, on the 18 side of my wheel i have a free wheel, that way on the steep descents i can keep up with people on gears and not ride the brake to control rpms.
Oct 6, 2001 9:44 AM
I just built one this week and I am useing a 42x14. it is a little high, my bike shop guy suggested it because he thinks that it is faster to power up the hills and then the spin isn't quite as high coming back down. going up hills I am really mashing though.


PS why do we ride fixte in the winter? I don't know I am just a SHEEP.
We ride fixed because . . . because . . . hmmmmjacques
Oct 6, 2001 5:35 PM
When the bicycle was invented, everyone rode single-speed fixed without brakes. It took an amazingly long time for someone to hit on the freewheel idea.

Later, racers rode fixed in the winter in the hopes of retaining their efficient pedaling style. The scheme was this: on a fixed, you have no choice but to relax your leg muscles as the moving pedal pushes your leg forcefully up and around the no-power zone from about 7 to 11 o'clock. In other words, the bicycle actually was to teach you how to pedal efficiently. After 1,000 km of fixed, you were to hop on your road bike and that efficient pedaling style was to transfer immediately

Or so they thought: some coaches recently have turned that argument on it's head. They say: because the fixed bike forcefully pushes your leg through the no-power zone, it does all the work for you. But because YOU have to bring your leg around on a road bike, you learned nothing useful on the fixed.

I like fixed in the winter because it keeps me from doing crazy stuff and injuring myself. I just need and enjoy the rest from hammering. I also like the profound change in attitude - like disliking downhills, for example, ha ha