What's your favourite gear ratio?

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  • Personally, it now hovers around the 82 - 84 inch mark, for commuting/training around London and Richmond.

    47x15 or 49x16, depending on which bike I'm on.

    I've done 6 London to Brighton's, plus London to Oxford's on fixed, using ratios from 73" to 84", usually 79 - 84 inch. Even went up Ditchling Beacon an a 84" fixed ... those fat poser guys walking their £3K carbon, full-suspension mountain bikes up Ditchling looked really pissed when they saw me zig-zagging/grinding up the hill past them :)

    I used to live in the countryside many years ago, in very hilly territory, when I first ventured into fixed/singlespeed, I was then on 67 to 73 inch, cycling for pleasure.

  • at the mo 48-19

  • 73, but then I think I might go to 69/70 ish FTW

  • 42-16 ss or 48-16 fixed

  • 48-18 and im building one that should be done middle of next week that will be similar ratio 46-? but no decisions as of yet...any sugestions?

  • 46 on 17 would be a bit higher, 46 on 18 would be a bit lower ... it's your call :)

  • That's pretty bloody high, Smurfbike!
    I run 72" and know I could go a lot higher for most purposes 'cos most of London is damn flat. But there's certain hills I want to be able to really annihilate before I do.
    I'm planning on treating myself to a smaller sprocket when I stop smoking!

  • I'm so scared of going down hills that i look forward to going up them, cos i know there's less of a chance of me losing control :)

  • Brett, included in my daily diet is multiple beers and/or red wine and 15-20 roll-ups a day, plus loads of pasta, cheese tomato, mayo, plus fresh basil ... but it's still not that difficult to ride to keep up with the £3k bike multiple gear posers on the road, with their Litespeed's, Colnago C40/C50's, Cervelo's etc.

    It might take 1 or 2km to catch them up, then they blow, then you overtake them again :)

  • 42-16 now I'm out of Laaandon in the hills. Low enough to get up all of 'em, high enough to keep pedalling down the other side.

    Seems to be Colnago central round here at the moment. Much pleasure to be had leaving them behind on a £20 Peugeot :-). Might feel a bit less smug on my Condor when it's finally finished, but even that's only cost £400. Seems like a fortune to me, but I'm guessing Colnagos are quite a bit more than that(?).

  • 48x18 (72") fixed suits me fine around west london/heathrow.

  • Simon 42-16 now I'm out of Laaandon in the hills. Low enough to get up all of 'em, high enough to keep pedalling down the other side.

    Seems to be Colnago central round here at the moment. Much pleasure to be had leaving them behind on a £20 Peugeot :-). Might feel a bit less smug on my Condor when it's finally finished, but even that's only cost £400. Seems like a fortune to me, but I'm guessing Colnagos are quite a bit more than that(?).

    Colnago master frame + full campag record gruppo will cost you a fortune!
    that's why i stick with my old peugeot as well ;)

  • i used to mash on my road bike on 52-14 all the time. since i starting riding fixed i couldn't do that anymore, but i can spin much faster and actually go much faster and last longer.

    48-18 at the mo will be 49-18 soon when i finally swap out my bb and cranks. much better for skidding since you dont end up with 3 skid patches.
    might want to try 47-18 actually...

  • Usually 46 x 18 [68" gear] for my long distance stuff

    Currently riding 49 x 18 72" gear on my Lambert

    Smurfbike you rode Ditchling on 84" fixed? you must have thighs of steel, I rode it last week on 72" and that was hard enough.

  • polo gear! (2:1 and under)

  • used to run 50 x 17 on my mtb for 15 years
    now happy with 48 x 18 fixed suits my legs and my area

    xroads where are you from?? i work in hayes and live in ealing...

  • 46 x 11

    If my calculations are correct that is 108.7" (?)

    Thinking of going up to 47 x 11, but am having trouble finding a 47t ring.

  • On the track?

  • If that question is for me - no, that is on the road.

  • I must be honest here, that is on my 3 speed mountain bike (175mm cranks) !

  • and 26" wheels.

    different innit

  • Ah ok.... you had me worries for a bit there.

  • Gear ratio? Probably teenth per toke ;)

  • 48:18 and 48:20 on a flipflop.... I like both, both skid well.... I use the bigger gear for the longer rides where I need to go faster (48:18)

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