gear ratio for living in the mountains....

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gear ratio for living in the mountains....

Postby tobes88 » Wed May 21, 2014 9:10 pm

I moved up to Katoomba from Melbourne a while back - the terrain is very steep and my single speed is destroying me!

I'm wondering if anyone is running a fixie or single speed in similar terrain? If so, what kind of gearing do you use?

On my road bike I'm on my granny gear more than I'd like to admit - which is 39/27.
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Re: gear ratio for living in the mountains....

Postby RonK » Wed May 21, 2014 10:57 pm

Not sure about road bikes, but I understand that for SS MTB's a 2:1 gear ratio (e.g. - 32:16, 34:17, 36:18, etc.) is usually considered a good starting point.
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Re: gear ratio for living in the mountains....

Postby tobes88 » Mon May 26, 2014 9:55 am

Thanks Ronk. I'd assume that on a road bike you could get away with something a little harder, but that sounds pretty right. Depends a bit on footwear I suppose - I'm currently running clipless pedals, and the gear is 44:17. Can get up everything, but it's not pretty! Maybe a 40:17 would be a good compromise.
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