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46t/19t?

Old 09-20-15, 07:17 PM
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46t/19t?

Anybody out there in gearland ever rode a 46t/19t singlespeed. Any advice/suggestions?
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Old 09-20-15, 07:25 PM
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I'm on a 46/18 fixed, its on the sort of easier end of gearings but not so easy that my knees blow out while going downhill. If you live in a hilly city like I do, and are not super strong, go for it. If you live somewhere flat, I would recommend, something a big harder.
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Old 09-20-15, 07:37 PM
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Thanks guess. I am really just looking for an all around ratio. I was thinking 46/18 but went for a spin on another bike tonight with the gearing at 48/19. Still seems a little tall. A 48/19 is really close to 46/18 in gear inches. i am buying a fixed soon and will mostly be using for fitness. 46/19 I think will keep me pedalling pretty consistently. Which is my objective. So I don't blow out the knees at longer distances in higher gears. Thanks again.
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Old 09-20-15, 08:51 PM
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My advice is to keep pedaling and figure out what works best for you. Don't base your choices on what others do.
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Thanks almost trick. Just wondering how other peoples ride have been like riding 46/19. Your advice is understood. Thanks again.
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Old 09-20-15, 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted by sunguyto View Post
Thanks almost trick. Just wondering how other peoples ride have been like riding 46/19. Your advice is understood. Thanks again.
Ok, good to hear.

I've been spinning 46x19 for several months now. It seems perfect and I have no plans to change it. I also believe many running higher gears are mashing or over geared. Very few are sustaining 20+ mph for any great distances.
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Old 09-20-15, 09:10 PM
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Thanks again almost trick. Your advice and experience with 46/19 is more than likely the way I am going to go. I plan on doing a lot of distance riding and this raToo from my research could be bang on. Your response has been happily received. Appreciated.
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Old 09-20-15, 09:19 PM
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Changing ratio's is cheap and easy. Experiment.

If, like me, you know where you spend most of your time on a geared bike, go a tiny bit higher than that. That's what I did and it was spot on.
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Old 09-20-15, 09:27 PM
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I hear ya almost trick. I went for a spin earlier tonight on a geared bike. 48/19. Felt a little tall. Your comment about 46/19 was what i thought would be bang on for me as well. I think I got my answer.
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Let us know how it goes.
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Old 09-20-15, 09:33 PM
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Cheers almost trick.
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I wheeled for about 30 feet tonight on my moped. It was pretty awesome.
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Old 09-21-15, 04:29 AM
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Are you going to start a new thread for each gear ratio you consider?
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I can't wait for the 46/17t thread to begin. 'cause that's what I ride...and, I'd like to say that.
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
I can't wait for the 46/17t thread to begin. 'cause that's what I ride...and, I'd like to say that.
I'll be waiting a while for 45/16 to come up. Maybe I should preemptively start the thread.
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We need a gear inches subforum for all these threads.
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Old 09-21-15, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by hohum View Post
We need a gear inches subforum for all these threads.
I'd like to see a widget that converts x/y figures into gear inches, or x/1. Like, hover the mouse over 46/17 and see that it's 72.2 or whatever.
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Old 09-21-15, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by jlafitte View Post
I'd like to see a widget that converts x/y figures into gear inches, or x/1. Like, hover the mouse over 46/17 and see that it's 72.2 or whatever.
It would also need to know the tire size, since that affects the calculation, but that would be a nifty feature.
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Old 09-22-15, 01:31 AM
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I wanna say that's too spinny, unless you're carrying a load or riding against the wind.
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Originally Posted by rex615 View Post
It would also need to know the tire size, since that affects the calculation, but that would be a nifty feature.

Plus or minus an inch, doesn't matter. Still way more informative than some x/y I've never ridden.
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Old 09-22-15, 08:41 AM
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I thought 46:16 was a bit too spinny. I couldn't imagine 46:19. My riding area consists of mostly flat roads however. I really like the top end on my 49:15 which allows me to ride more at a geared road bike pace vs a "fixie."
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Old 09-22-15, 11:04 AM
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48/19 is the sweet spot, many skid patches TOOOOO!

If 48/19 is too tall, steroids.
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Old 10-01-15, 10:31 AM
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67" is great for those learning to skid. but too low to be practical imo.

interestingly upon looking at this chart:


i realized it is wrong, w/ gross errors in calculation.

i'm currently at 53x18 which is a tad bigger than 44x15 (previous ratio). you'll see that's not reflected in the chart. hopefully no one uses this one.

this is the better one: https://rideyourbike.com/images/skidspots.jpg
uses the default 27" as the wheel diameter constant as well

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BikeCalc.com - Bicycle Gear Inches Chart
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^^^ Surprise, surprise - I too, like that calculator, especially for the fact that it includes odd. smaller wheel sizes. I used it back when I had a mini-fixie with 20" wheels to figure out what-the-hell size rings & cogs to use on that thing.

Mentioned it in another thread - but here is my favorite gearing calculator ATM...

Catculator, the Fixed Gear Calculator
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