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    • CommentAuthoriliketoes
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2011
     
    48x18/fixed, front brake/Seattle/6'2" - 160
    I load my bike up rather frequently with racks, plus the inevitable hills... it works for me.
    • CommentAuthorspader725
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2011
     
    Posted By: bobfike
    Posted By: spader72548x17/fixed/san francisco/6' — 160lb.

    just got a 47t ring, so will try 47x17 soon


    I rode 47/17 across hilly southern Michigan a few times. I would fly up hills, and spin out down.


    good to know. Will keep that in mind when going down hills, and re-adjust ratios if necessary
    • CommentAuthorHaegan
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2011
     
    48x15/fixed/atlanta/5'9" 127
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    48:17/fixed/michigan/5'11" 185

    my fixed commuter/townie/beater is 48:20, much better for starting/stopping/schlepping but too much spin for the open road. both bikes have 165 mm cranks and 700c wheels if you want to make the gain ratio computations.
    • CommentAuthormmorimoto
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2011
     
    48-17/Fixed/Long Beach, CA/5'10 - 145lbs
    • CommentAuthortypeDvorak
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2011
     
    48-19 / Fixed / Greater LA / 5'9'' 135
    I ride everything in the area and am an equal opportunity road explorer. South OC, West LA, mid city, downtown, SFV, SGV, The IE. Spin, spin, spin.
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    48-17/ fixed/ chicago/ 5'9" 140
    • CommentAuthorFeFst
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2011
     
    GTLS = 49-15/Fixed/Boulder CO/5'8" - 140lbs.
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    49-17/47-19/fixed/47/30-16/17/free/Seattle WA/5'10"-135 lbs.

    (dingle setup with paul melvin for freewheel side, triple crankset 30-47-49)
    • CommentAuthortrigzz
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2011
     
    48x17 / fixed / Los Angeles / 6'2'' - 215
    • CommentAuthorUCF e30
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2011
     
    48-17/fixed/Orlando FL/5'11 170lbs
    • CommentAuthorthe rabbi
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2011 edited
     
    it's been said a million times before, but y'all need to learn to spin. on 46/17, i can spin comfortably in excess of 40mph on downhills. 120rpms is not fast. i learned that pushing a big gear sucked a long time ago when i blew out my knee 75mi into a 100mi (7000' climbing) ride on 49/15 w/brake. when you learn to spin, you'll climb faster, accelerate better, and be overall smoother.

    oh, and for the sake of the thread:
    46/17 - fixed w/brakes - las vegas, nv (central so every direction is uphill) - 6'/205lbs
    • CommentAuthorMancha150
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2011
     
    Posted By: the rabbiit's been said a million times before, but y'all need to learn to spin. on 46/17, i can spin comfortably in excess of 40mph on downhills. 120rpms is not fast. i learned that pushing a big gear sucked a long time ago when i blew out my knee 75mi into a 100mi (7000' climbing) ride on 49/15 w/brake. when you learn to spin, you'll climb faster, accelerate better, and be overall smoother.

    oh, and for the sake of the thread:
    46/17 - fixed w/brakes - las vegas, nv (central so every direction is uphill) - 6'/205lbs


    I imagine that for the sake of road racing, this is very crucial as well, right (being able to spin efficiently)? I think you mentioned in another thread that you prefer to stay in lower gears, even on flat terrain. It really bothered me how difficult it seems when I made the transition to a lower gear ratio, and it made me think how uncomfortable it will be when I get a geared bike in the near future.
    • CommentAuthorscmalex
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2011
     
    GTLS: 48-17, Fixed, San Diego, 6'3" 165lbs

    my ratio is a bit spinny for my taste, but is essential for the hills here. I am looking to get a 50 tooth ring, but the omnium rings look so good!
    • CommentAuthorjayohachen
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2011 edited
     
    GTLS: 49-15 or 17 / Fixed / San Diego / 6' / 190lbs
    or
    GTLS: 49-18/ Coasterbrake / San Diego / 6' / 190lbs
    or
    GTLS: 14-speed / Geared / San Diego / 6' / 190lbs
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    Posted By: the rabbiit's been said a million times before, but y'all need to learn to spin. on 46/17, i can spin comfortably in excess of 40mph on downhills. 120rpms is not fast.







    Rabbi is my hero

    Wow, I have work to do. Down hill at 24mph was my max, now I've been pleased with 34mph. But 40mph with 46/17?

    With brakes front and rear.

    GTLS: 48-17 / Fixed / I ride central MA and western PA / 5'8" / 165lbs
    • CommentAuthorLegislator
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2011
     
    32-17/19 / fixed dingle w/big wheels & big brakes / Pacific NW / 5'11" / 155

    48-19 / coaster crap bike

    16,26,36,46--11-26 / 4x9spd shiftie bike hauler

    51,60--9-26 / F1 BMX thang

    many others, am a bike nut.
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    GTLS: 49-17 or 49-18 (depending on which bike i take) / Fixed / Chicago / 6'1" / 130lbs
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    46-18/Fixed/SF/5'8/135 lbs
    • CommentAuthorroot
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2011
     
    Just switched...

    from: 48-16/Fixed/LA/6'3 - 215

    to: 48-17/Fixed/LA/6'3 - 215

    I'd be lying if I said I noticed a difference going up hill but I definitely noticed my pedaling speed getting faster on the downhills. I'm going to keep it like this for a while before switching up my chainring (tryin to get everything 1/8)
 
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