Fixie newbie

pamuzu
pamuzu Posts: 89
edited October 2011 in Track
Hi all,

Ive just gone fixie and love it! Bought a Specialised (Roll1). It came with a ratio of 46:17 and I've found that I'm spinning out at 23mph. I want to be able to push on when on flat surfaces but don't want to take the fun out of riding the bike with too much effort.

Just moved to 46:16 to try it out.

What should be a good ration for riding fast but fairly long distances?

Cheers for any help
Phil

Comments

  • pamuzu wrote:
    What should be a good ration for riding fast but fairly long distances?

    Flapjacks work well for me. :wink:
  • tremayne
    tremayne Posts: 378
    All down to trial and error + local topography!

    I run a 48/15 for daily commute and that works for me.

    You just need to see how you get on with the 16.
  • craker
    craker Posts: 1,739
    tremayne wrote:

    I run a 48/15 for daily commute and that works for me.

    :shock:

    I've just built my first ss and am able to choose ratios a bit as I've still got a 7 speed cassette on. Think I'll stick with my 42/17 combo that still had me walking up a local hill. I mean, if all my weight is on one pedal and it's not turning the crank then I'll not be rushing to get a bigger gear to turn.
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 42,243
    pamuzu wrote:
    Hi all,

    Ive just gone fixie and love it! Bought a Specialised (Roll1). It came with a ratio of 46:17 and I've found that I'm spinning out at 23mph. I want to be able to push on when on flat surfaces but don't want to take the fun out of riding the bike with too much effort.

    Just moved to 46:16 to try it out.

    What should be a good ration for riding fast but fairly long distances?

    Cheers for any help

    Not trying to be funny but it may be better to learn to pedal faster. 23mph on that gear is only about 107rpm by my reckoning which is quite a high cadence but should be sustainable.