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    • CommentAuthorroot
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2011
     
    all i hear is "talk to local riders to see what they use" when it comes to choosing a new gear ratio but I hardly ever run into any fixed riders that ride more than a few miles (I commute about 30-40mi a day). I know what I currently ride and I'm sure I could make a decent adjustment but I'd love to get a gauge of what people are riding in their respective cities to get an idea of what I might be in store for or possibly an option i've overlooked. I'm at a time where I might be purchasing a new chainring (moving from 3/32 to 1/8) and I was wondering if y'all can just give me a quick rundown of your situation (hopefully this stops all the gear ratio threads too...trying to weed through all those for useful information is maddening). GTLS = Gears (basically your gear ratio) Type (SS/Fix) Location (city you ride in) Size (height & weight)

    So I guess my GTLS is: 48-16/Fix/Los Angeles/6'3 - 215lbs

    This ratio works for me I guess but I can't help but notice that larger hills def slow me down to the point where I'm spent when I reach the top and have to cruise really slowly for a lil while after to gather up my endurance again. I don't want to up my cog a tooth only to end up spinning like crazy on the way down these suckers and I know that upping my cog a tooth is like reducing my chainring by 2 teeth (or some ratio like that) so right now my guess is 46/17 or 47/17 but hopefully a few other LA riders can chime in.

    What's YOUR GTLS?
    • CommentAuthorAphex139
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2011
     
    GTLS = 48-16/Fix/Boston/5'10" - 180lbs.
    • CommentAuthorsmricha2
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2011
     
    GTLS = 47-15 and 51-15/Fix/Raleigh/5'8" - 135lbs.
    • CommentAuthorChris V
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2011
     
    GTLS = 46-17 and 42-17/Fix/Salinas & San Jose Ca./5'8 130lbs.
  1.  
    GTLS = 53/17/Fix/NYC/5'10 156lbs.
    • CommentAuthorelhephe
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2011
     
    should add quad size into this
    • CommentAuthorroot
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2011
     
    Posted By: adrian13346GTLS = 53/17/Fix/NYC/5'10 156lbs.


    you have GOT to be kiddin me...53-17!? kudos man but damn that sounds like such a PITA to me
  2.  
    GTLS = 46x15/fixed/hilly Tallahassee/ 5'10" 185lbs. 45x16 for my fixed townie.
  3.  
    49-17. Fixed. Sacramento, CA. 5'6-7ish. 125ish lbs.
    • CommentAuthorveggie
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2011
     
    48x16/fixed/Houston/5'9" ~110
    • CommentAuthoreaglerock
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2011
     
    Posted By: veggie48x16/fixed/Houston/5'9" ~110

    Boy, you need to eat more.
    • CommentAuthorveggie
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2011
     
    Posted By: eaglerock
    Posted By: veggie48x16/fixed/Houston/5'9" ~110

    Boy, you need to eat more.


    I've been told that for years. I'm condemned to being small for life. I can eat like a pig and it won't change a thing. My dad is 5'10" and weighs 135lbs.
    • CommentAuthorChris V
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2011 edited
     
    Posted By: veggie
    Posted By: eaglerock
    Posted By: veggie48x16/fixed/Houston/5'9" ~110

    Boy, you need to eat more.


    I've been told that for years. I'm condemned to being small for life. I can eat like a pig and it won't change a thing. My dad is 5'10" and weighs 135lbs.


    Same for me. I eat like a person that weighs 350 but I only weigh somewhere between 125-130.
    • CommentAuthorMancha150
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2011
     
    50x16 (or now 50x18) / fixed with a brake / DC (some unnecessary hills) / 5'11 / 170

    For what its worth, over the weekend I switched to a 18t from a 16T, and now it feels like I am riding a ridiculously low gear. I did this because my left knee has been bothering me for a while, and thought that at least for commuting, it would be nice to give it, and my other knee, a break. I didnt realize that 2 teeth in the back would make such a huge difference. I am not liking the feel very much (I got very used to the rotation strength I needed with my 84 gear inches), but I was very surprised about the change. No more stress on my knees when I try to slow down, and climbing is of course noticeable easier (but again, and probably because of my stubbornness, I actually liked climbing with 84 gear inches better, but certainly this will change). I dont like riding at very high cadence, so this is kind of throwing me off (relatively speaking). But considering I started riding fixed at 48x18, I realize its all in my head.

    All that being said, I dropped about 10 gear inches. You could play around with either end and drop the same, or slightly less. I originally liked 48x18, but I realize this only has 3 skid patches, so you are probably best off with 48x17. Since you are not coming off of a ridiculously high gear ratio, it will probably feel just right. 75-77 gear inches seems like a good ratio for moderate hilliness. But if your commute is long, you might want to go with something in high 70s/ low 80s. Hope that helps/makes sense
    • CommentAuthorstalag13
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2011
     
    46x19/fixed/Seattle/5'7" 130lbs.

    As I see it, for day-to-day stuff, no need to push anything higher than mid 60's GI. Especially in Seattle. Haven't met a hill I couldn't climb. Yet.
    • CommentAuthorAaron C
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2011
     
    48x19/fixed/Twin Cities/5' 9" 135lbs
    • CommentAuthorspader725
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2011
     
    48x17/fixed/san francisco/6' — 160lb.

    just got a 47t ring, so will try 47x17 soon
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    51x18 / fixed / inland empire + bay area / 5' 6" & 135 lbs.

    i wish i can have a hybrid of the two locations. SF for its culture, temp., and multitude of rides... but the IE for its roads, sunlight, and lighter winds.
    • CommentAuthorparkman14
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2011
     
    49x18 / fixed / olympia, wa / 5' 11" and 140 lbs.
    • CommentAuthorbobfike
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2011
     
    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.
 
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