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    single speed roadbike

    what gear ratios do you guys use on your road bikes
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    46:16 - fixed, i can get up most of the hills around here....except the ones that are stupid steep...like you can only get up them in 1st gear in a car - steep.

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    well mostly everything in texas is all flatland ,i live near houston and all is pretty flat
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    if youre riding mostly flat, you could easily do 52:16, my brother has that on his SS and it moves. but it depends how your riding...city riding has lots of stop and go, so even if its flat...super high gearing isnt optimal because of acceleration...of course if you want to do long rides...you dont want to be spinning the whole time with a lower gear

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    48/18 and 48/20 depending on whether it's my fixie or my fatter tyred (40mm) road bike.
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    where?

    Quote Originally Posted by nuck_chorris
    well mostly everything in texas is all flatland ,i live near houston and all is pretty flat
    Where in TX are you?
    I run 46/16 on the road and where I live, lots of hills.

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    46/17 fixed. 46/19 ss. The ss is geared lower than the fixed because the ss will see some hilly 50 milers now and then. The fixed is just a toy for cruising around the city and going in circles backwards.

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    46x16/17 (don't remember what the rear is) fixed. some short hills, mostly flat.

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    Once again, everyone is much more macho in their gear choices than I am. I like 42x16 or 44x18. Works really well for the stop and go and the steep hills of San Francisco.

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    i was thinking of 42x16 since i used to always have that ratio when i road bmx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thor29
    Once again, everyone is much more macho in their gear choices than I am. I like 42x16 or 44x18. Works really well for the stop and go and the steep hills of San Francisco.
    I'm with you. Here in New England I run a 40:15 fixed; about a 70" gear depending on tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thor29
    Once again, everyone is much more macho in their gear choices than I am. I like 42x16 or 44x18. Works really well for the stop and go and the steep hills of San Francisco.
    I agree. It's a little hilly in Portland and I run a 42x17 and drop it down to a 39x17 for CX season.
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    42x16 is pretty low for flats - unless you enjoy spinning like a madman

    i live near seattle on a plateu, lots of hills in the area and i run a 44x15 or 42x15 depending on what im doing
    I ONLY make weird noises when i ride SS

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    48X18 in the Southern Appalachians. I find myself occasionally wishing for something larger on some of the flatter stuff (especially when riding with "roadies") but we have a lot of short steep stuff and some sustained (6-10 miles long) climbs that average 6-10% with some steep spikes and it works out pretty good for here.
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    Fixed I generally run 39x15, single-speed something a bit bigger depending on the terrain. As a tip the 39 is a great tooth count because you can use your "worn-out" road ring and flip it and you're good to go. I've been riding that gear size all over the PacNW for 20 years, and I'm getting ready roll it here in PA in sub-freezing weather.

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    53 x 11 or you are a flatland wuss......

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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus
    53 x 11 or you are a flatland wuss......

    i think my heart would explode riding that big of a fukkin' gear

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    46-18 in the hills of PA

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    42-16 for steep hill rides
    53-16 for every thing else
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    Quote Originally Posted by ernesto_from_Wisconsin
    i think my heart would explode riding that big of a fukkin' gear
    You just need a coupla cups o' this first, nuttin' to it.

    That said, 46x17 on my CrossCheck in hilly central coastal CA.
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    48-16 for road tires in the summer
    48-22 for studs in winter
    44-22 for offroad on CX tires

    front range alberta foothills. i could not imagine pushing larger than a 48-16 unless i was going downhill...some of you guys must be monsters!
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    44x16 all year long on the Tank
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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus
    53 x 11 or you are a flatland wuss......
    If you really want to man up I've got 130 bcd Paragon 60 and 62 tooth chainrings in the bin. I think I've got a Campy 56 tooth around also. Also a NIB 10 tooth TNT cog on the coffee table.
    53x11 = 126.6" gear
    62x10 = 162.9" gear

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    50x18 SS here in NZ. Good for 100km roadie races.

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    Quote Originally Posted by themanmonkey
    If you really want to man up I've got 130 bcd Paragon 60 and 62 tooth chainrings in the bin.

    Bah... running a 64 tooth Paragon here (26 in the back though)



    I just have this setup on my commuter which works great for stop and go plus I always wanted to use that monster ring on something. Gets a lot of fun reactions before the actual gear inch is figured out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by themanmonkey
    If you really want to man up I've got 130 bcd Paragon 60 and 62 tooth chainrings in the bin. I think I've got a Campy 56 tooth around also. Also a NIB 10 tooth TNT cog on the coffee table.
    53x11 = 126.6" gear
    62x10 = 162.9" gear

    would you be willing to let one of those 60 or 62t go?

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    i'm a real man, as in slightly overweight and not in leg-shaved macho super bike shape.

    so i'd say 44-16 which you can drop down to 44-15 with a BMX freewheel.

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    I built up my first ss fixed road bike in 2004. I wanted to improve my spinning. So I bought a Surly Steamroller, ran a 42-17. After 10,000 on that I built up a Spec Langster and bumped that up tp a 44-16. Last year I built another 15lb Langster with a 44-15.
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    hope some of these gearing posted are not male enhancement sizing

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