Roadie SS Question
As others have said, start on 42:16 or 48:18 (they are the same). This gears you for 80 rpm at about 16 mph. Cadence is 5x speed. Then as you get fitter you can drop to 48:17 or 48:16, which is my preferred gear for a flat commute and rolling club runs, this is the gear for 19 mph.
If you are still feeling brave, you can then go to 48:15, which I raced on (geared for 21mph). For this gear, I stripped the bike down, replaced the steel forks with carbon and ran lighter track wheels and tubs. It was too much even on the flat for commuting duties though.
And ride it fixed rather than SS, it is so much more efficient.Posted 4 years agorootes1Member
42:16 or 48:18 – same ratio..
48:18 is better as it is easier to increase gearing as you can fit a 17 or 16 and just shorten chain.. of if you have long track ends just move the wheel.
harder to do with 42-16 as hard to get smaller than 16t freewheels, bigger chaining will mean bigger chainringPosted 4 years agocookeaaSubscriber
I’m using 44-16 on my drop bar fixie at the minute, gets me up my local hills and can chop along on the flat at a comfortable 18-20mph rides are ~15 mile commutes mostly flat with about 270ft of short sharp climbs. Its OK for what I am using it for, I’d not want to use it for more than 30 miles at the minute, I need to get fitter but it is helping.Posted 4 years ago
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