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    Gearing for SS CX bike

    What kinda gearing should i use? Ill be using a flip flop hub so id like to select the most versatile chainring i can get.

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    I use...

    Quote Originally Posted by jrm
    What kinda gearing should i use? Ill be using a flip flop hub so id like to select the most versatile chainring i can get.

    John
    ...34 on the front, 16 on the rear. Gets me by and I love it.

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    I have my Cross check set up with a flip/flop 16/18t and a 32t chainring on the front. If there is going to be any real climbs I go for the 18t. That's for off road.
    I don't know how Ernesto can push a 34x16 on a off road climb? He must have some big quads. Seems more like a road gear to me???
    What type of riding are you doing?




    Quote Originally Posted by jrm
    What kinda gearing should i use? Ill be using a flip flop hub so id like to select the most versatile chainring i can get.

    John

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    you could say that...

    Quote Originally Posted by 32seventeen
    I have my Cross check set up with a flip/flop 16/18t and a 32t chainring on the front. If there is going to be any real climbs I go for the 18t. That's for off road.
    I don't know how Ernesto can push a 34x16 on a off road climb? He must have some big quads. Seems more like a road gear to me???
    What type of riding are you doing?
    I had a nice cross season. All of last summer's road rides paid off. On the road I do a 44/16, and it gets me by enough to pass roadies in the hills around here.

    But for cross I use 34/16. For my mountain bikes, my Gunnar is 34/17, and my Quintanan Roo is right now a 34/18, but I want to move it to a 33/16.
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    my setup

    I use 42/16 fixed on the road.
    42/22 on the trails and long fire road rides.
    The biggest PITA is that I have to add a few links of chain to flip.
    I think a smaller chainring would be more better with the flip flop.
    I've been inside too long.

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    KgB...

    Quote Originally Posted by KgB
    I use 42/16 fixed on the road.
    42/22 on the trails and long fire road rides.
    The biggest PITA is that I have to add a few links of chain to flip.
    I think a smaller chainring would be more better with the flip flop.
    What out on a mtb, what gearing do you use?

    THis is it...the thing about SS. I feel like I can't just have one bike. I have to have...4. All because they have diffrent gearing, for different uses.

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    32/18

    [QUOTE=ernesto_from_Wisconsin]What out on a mtb, what gearing do you use?
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    mostly hilly where I ride.
    I've been inside too long.

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    what about a 34T 16/18T

    Quote Originally Posted by jrm
    What kinda gearing should i use? Ill be using a flip flop hub so id like to select the most versatile chainring i can get.

    John
    34-16 for commuting/city riding and 34-18 for trail riding.

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    I use 38-18 for the flat lands 'round here. If I go streeting with it in the winter, the gearing is the same. Summer gearing is set at 42-18(fixed though). Seems to work ok, though I have thought about going to a 19 or 20 freewheel...

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    I run 42/22 singlespeed on my Cross Check. I rarely ride it without a few thousand feet of climbing, mainly on gravel and dirt roads. For comparison I run 34/19 on my 26 SS mountain bike on more technical trails but also with tons of clibing.
    I also run my Cross Check as a 42/16 fixed-gear on moderately hilly paved roads.
    I love my Cross Check, right now its got gears on it and I did a 60 mile fire road ride yesterday with somewhere around 8,000 foot of climbing, today Im sitting on the couch

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    For 'cross racing, just a bit over 2:1 works for me.

    Best ratio is probably going to depend on your use.

    I've only done one 'cross race, but I did it 38x18 and it was just right. I could still blast down the straightaways at 20+ mph, but could still make it up any hill that didn't make more sense to run up. That's pretty low for the road, though - I go 42x16 for flatter road rides and 42x18 for hillier ones. Did a 28 mile road ride on moderately hilly terrain today, and wished I'd been running 42x18.

    I've also been known to do use like 38x23 for steep offroad riding.

    For a mix of real offroad riding, around-town riding and possibly 'cross racing I'd go somewhere around 2:1 or maybe a bit lower. For a mix of moderate trails, 'cross racing and road riding I'd go a bit over 2:1. Your mileage may vary.

    Or you can do like I do and set up your bike with two different chainrings (or cogs). Then you have a couple of different gears to choose from.

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    38 front ring, 16 fixed, 20 free on a flip flop surly hib. filed the drops a bit to have room to take up the four teeth of slack. then i've got nice road gear to get around in town on, and a nice low one when hitting hte trails.
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    Seem to be quite a range of answers (or maybe I just can't work out the ratios in my head). I use 42:18 which sounds big compared to the others - that's just what the bike came with. I ride mostly a mix of road and moderate trails - not raced it in a CX event, but did ride it in a 38k mountain bike event last month and came 17th out of 180. Not challenging as MTB trails go, but it was a good work-out!

    If I were sensible I would probably gear it down a little right now while the legs aren't at full strength.
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    I run a 34x14

    Quote Originally Posted by jrm
    What kinda gearing should i use? Ill be using a flip flop hub so id like to select the most versatile chainring i can get.

    John
    It's seems to work okay, throw on a 13 commuting to work sometimes.

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