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  1. #1
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    Gearing Selection

    In preperation for going single speed I've been running my geared bike with only a 36 front ring and 8 speed cassette on the rear. I have limited myself to using just one cog on the back as much as possible, and I have found that I am using either 18 or 21.

    On the tracks I'm riding there are some hills that I can't make in 18. 18 is also not so good for very bumpy tracks when I have to coast now and again as it can be a bit slow to get going. 21 spins out on the flat quite easily though.

    I'm soon going to be ordering a new 1x1 frame set and based on the above info, need some advice on what gearing to go for. I want to use a 32 or 34 front ring and I guess I need a cog on the back that will put my inbetween the current ratio I have been using on the geared bike. What would this be?

    Many thanks,


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    Rusting Steel
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    36x18 and 36x21 would be similar to 34x17 and 34x19 or 32x16 and 32x18

    34x18 or 32x17 might be a good place for you to start as both are in between the gears you've been riding in.

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