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Advice on fixed/ss

chewachewa Posts: 164
edited October 2008 in Road general
I'm building a s/s/fixed for the winter.
Spec is a Holdsworth Mistral 531 frame, I've built my wheels (front Campag Record qr high flange hub, mavic Ma3 32 hole - rear Maillard flip flop hub same rim and 32 spoke).

I'm getting perfect chainline using the inner chainring on a Stronglight Escape chainset so will source an outer Chainguard to replace the smaller ring I'm using as outer ring there.

Bars are Profile on a Cinelli classic stem, I'm running two Alhonga deep drop double pivot sidepull calipers to cope with the change to 700c.

My question is re gearing. Should I run different gearing on the fixed as opposed to the freewheel side? I intend to start on freewheel to get used to s/s and then flip over to fixed. Freewheel is a 16t Diamondback and I'm running a 44t chainring at moment.

Does fixed mean I should go for slightly higher or lower or does it not matter?
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  • meagainmeagain Posts: 2,774
    As a generalisation, I'd say that most folk (me included) would tend to run a slightly higher fixed than single free. One T difference will also mean swop without altering chain length! So...a 15T fixed?
    I at least can get up any given hill on a higher fixed than free!
    Good luck!
    d.j.
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  • chewachewa Posts: 164
    meagain wrote:
    As a generalisation, I'd say that most folk (me included) would tend to run a slightly higher fixed than single free. One T difference will also mean swop without altering chain length! So...a 15T fixed?
    I at least can get up any given hill on a higher fixed than free!
    Good luck!

    That's what I thought. Thanks for the input.

    It's a scrappy old frame - paintwork all chipped, but it has a certain elan now it's almost finished.
    plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

    Black 531c tourer
    FCN 7
    While dahn saff Dahon Speed 6 FCN 11!!!
    Also 1964 Flying Scot Continental
    1995 Cinelli Supercorsa (columbus slx)
    BTwin Rockrider 8.1
    Unicycle
    Couple of others!
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