- commuter single speed gearing
Well on 700c wheels at the moment I’m running 48:18 which is too spiny, so will be running 48:16 as of tomorrow.
I’d say 44:16 would be a good gear, although if you look at gear inches you can work it out well. Just on the phone so can’t link but a quick google will help.Posted 4 years agoporter_jamieSubscriber
i run a genesis io with an alfine and 26″ slicks and cable tied on mudguards to work everyday and its ok, if heavy.
i fancy a crack at single speed commuting, which should shed some weight off the bike and also make me work a bit harder. i have another freehub rear wheel and some surly cogs etc. what gearing do you think would work? theres only one hill, and its not too savage.
i have a 44t, 40t, 34t and 32r front chainrings, and 16t and 17t and maybe 18t rear available. on a mtb ss i like 32/16 or 32/17Posted 4 years agoSumMember
what gearing do you think would work? theres only one hill, and its not too savage.
Without knowing how steep the hill, how far along the flat you’d be spinning etc., it’s hard for us to tell. You’d be better off experimenting using your exisiting gears to see which one would work best as a single gear.Posted 4 years agoraisinhatMember
My 700c commuter singlespeed is currently running 42 – 16, (69 gear inches) which is a little too spinny on the flats, but I ride it around Edinburgh so I need something I can haul uphill.
On the genesis, try a 40 – 17 to start, then change it up or down on the rear sprocket at required.Posted 4 years agocookeaaSubscriber
44-16 on my 700c fixie which is ~75″
14 miles on a mostly flat commute normally into the wind going to work wind to my back on the way home. Can average about 18mph like that, I think the the distance and whay the weather might do is worth considering. If its a 5miler you can probably stamp it out with 90″ or so, if its longer think 75-80″ perhaps?
You need to be able to live with the gear on a daily basis so maybe put the bravado to one side and think about what you can keep going for the whole journey with a stronger headwind…Posted 4 years ago
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