Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Quick question;

I have a quick question for you, my wonderful readers;

What is your favorite sized gear to ride on your fixie on the street? Personally, I spend the bulk of my time on a 46x16... how about you? Leave your answer in the comments.

Tim

32 comments:

getinlost said...

On my conversion I ride 48x18 and with 622x28 tires that gives me 71.4 gear inches.

Steve said...

42 x 17, because I like my knee

Alex Mojcher said...

I started out on a 42/14, and then got a 46 chainring, and have been on 46/14 for a while now. I've gotten stronger but I get sore in the knees after longer rides, usually > 20 miles. I ordered a 16t yesterday, should be here soon. I imagine I'll be riding the same as you with the 16 for a while once I get it.

remi said...

yo,
TJ Remi here i dont have on yet still hoping though but if and when I ride a sick MASI fixie I would ride a 55x11.

Jeremy said...

I'm on a 42x16, but considering a change. So will be interested to see what others say also :)

Fish said...

48x14

Anonymous said...

40x15
I can ride up most anything, but still keep my legs together down the other side and in most group rides for up to about 120 miles.

Let me know the next time you're gonna be in TW and I'll take you on some nice rides down here in Taichung

- Ryan
ryan_liles@hotmail.com

Tim Jackson- Masi Guy said...

Thanks all- sincerely.

Ryan- I'm not going to have a bike with me, but I'm in Taichung the 20-25th. We'll have to hook up one of these days.

Eric said...

I changed my Speciale to have a 53X16. I need the big gear to keep up with the taxis.

torque said...

42x15

stickboy said...

44x16 b/c of hills. 170mm Campy crank on a 61cm frame.

texastailwind said...

48 x 17. Requires standing for most climbs, but luckily noting is longer than a mile in N. Texas.

Joe said...

I like to spin, so 42x17 it is for me :)

Mimi Flynn said...

42 x 15 but had been running 42 x 16. i wanted to go a little bit faster.

Yokota Fritz said...

I like to run 42 x 16, which gives me a nice moderate 69 inches and a reasonable 8 skid patches. I could have 17 skid patches if I went with 43x17 :-)

SOme of you guys (including you, Carl) only have 3 skid patches.

Katsu Tanda said...

Was riding 50x19 with the other side a 15. But sold the track frame and haven't built up a new one just yet. Got a DeepV/Phil WS and Campy Record Pista cranks just sitting around

Anonymous said...

42x15 perfect gearing in the bay and good in CO too!

Cheers,
BA

Anonymous said...

Tim - Give me a holla'.
I'll be in Taipei for the show and maybe we can set up time to touch in then.

If not we can always meet up in Taichung for a dink.

- Ryan
+886-9-1287-1348

Jonny Doe said...

47x17 for winter here in Wisco, 47 or 48x16 in summer time. Also, 1/8 chains, cogs and rings for the extended life span.

getinlost said...

Fritz, that would be an issue if I skidded. Which I can only do on dirt, snow or VERY smooth concrete. But I'm ok with that.

Ortolan said...

— 46x16 on hills, if I go for a long, flat ride I use 48x16.

By the way, are you going to be at the Seattle Bike Expo this weekend?

Anonymous said...

On my Masi Speciale, I ride with the stock 48t chainring and a 19t cog. Typically I'm riding into headwinds at least half the time here at the beach, so I like to spin it and save the knees.

Bluenoser said...

42 x 16. We have some good hills in the city.

-B

that guy said...

43x15, cause I'm tough and stuff. Honestly though, anything bigger that 75 inches is overkill for the most part. And yes, I know, 43x15 = 77.3. But hey, I've been doing this for a while.

Dudes that run more than 80 inches are simply playing, "my dick is bigger than yours". I don't care where you live, there is no reason to run bigger than a 80 on the street.

Sugar, it was great seeing you out at world championships last night. It made my night seeing you back out in the pack. Yeah Sugar!

Anonymous said...

48x19 but I have 300m elevation gain each way on my commute

48x17 when it's all flat

Jeff said...

48x16 allows me to descend in control. It's getting to be too big as I ride less frequently. I was always warned against multiples, but never had a problem.

wheels said...

42x16 does me fairly well around NorthPark -SD. Rode up to La Jolla on it a few times, too.

KING357 said...

I roll throw the pothole infested streets on a 48 x 16 ride....
Now my Honda xl600. thats another story.
My masi is still my go to girl on two wheels.

Anonymous said...

52x19 on 170mm => 73.9 gear inches. About a gear easier than you 46x16...

Steeker said...

running 44x16 on my Masi http://www.flickr.com/photos/steeker/2971975913/

Johnny Sprocket said...

46x18.. for a happy 69.

Freewheel said...

52 x 19 (73.9 GI) on an old Raleigh conversion.

I think the larger chainring gives more control. I normally don't need to do a skid stop... a little resistance will do.