- Singlespeed gearing for mixed terrain – from flat to 15 degree hill
I want to get a s/s for commuting, much less hassle than a geared bike.
What kind of ratios/inches should I look for? I live at the bottom of the hill which goes up to Crystal Palace (15%?) so have to climb that first thing out of the house, then the rest of the ride is almost entirely flat…
Trying to avoid getting a gear which is low enough to get up the hill but will mean I spin out for the rest of the ride. But also want something that means the hill isn’t a sufferfestPosted 4 years agohuwsMember
According to strava (keeper of the knowledge) the hills to the east of Crystal Palace average around 4-4.5% and top out at 12%.
On a fixed/SS road bike that should be doable comfortably and quickly with only a little bit of grunting on 70GI +. Something around 49-18 would be fine.
*caveat, I’ve only ever driven up those hills and have not actually cycled up them*Posted 4 years ago
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