Re: [CR]fixed gear gearing?


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From: CMontgo945@aol.com
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2003 22:00:54 EST
Subject: Re: [CR]fixed gear gearing?
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org


I think choice of fixed gearing is a spin thing. Anything below a 69" gear feels like I'm spinning out. My legs feel more comfortable with a 71" gear (47x18), the 72 degree seat angle of my Viking, and a Vitus seatpost with generous setback. Love those gentle angles with a fixed. I can grab the tops, push back on the saddle, and power my way up a grade with a slow spin. This works even with a saddlebag touring load (2 liters of water, extra clothes, tools, munchies). I also ride with a full complement of brakes as my area is blessed with some fine downhills. That flip-flop comes in handy. Craig Montgomery Tucson

In a message dated 3/17/2003 7:09:21 PM US Mountain Standard Time, classicrendezvous-request@bikelist.org writes:
> In this recent thread regarding stopping fixed gear bikes several people
> have mentioned their choice of gearing for road use. It sounds like
> everyone is using a higher gear then me. I started using a fixed wheel
> for road riding in about 1973. The old timers that coached us advocated
> a 63" gear (42x18). I've stuck with that through my 14 year racing
> career and the 16 years since. What do you guys ride?
>
> Jamie Swan - Northport, N.Y.