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 Post subject: Singlespeed advice
PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:21 pm 
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Hi,

have decided to smarten up my first road bike, an old Team dawes from the 1980s. Reynolds 500 etc... Have not got a singlespeed so after powder coating am going to stick an 18 tooth campag wheel found on ebay on the back. What size do I need up front. Am not Graham Obree but want to have some fun without killing myself.

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jamiebertie


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 5:07 pm 
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A 47t or close to it would be about right.

42/16 gives roughly a 70" gear (and that's a common starting point) and 42*18/16 gives 47. A couple of teeth either side wouldn't be the end of the world: you might find it easier to get your hands on a 46 or 48t, for example. If you live on the flat you could try something a touch higher.


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 Post subject: Singlespeed
PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:52 pm 
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thanks for the advice. Was going to slap on the 52 tooth, but now see that is not the right way forward.

May experiment now. Have an old 46tooth MTB chainset.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:13 pm 
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where i live, a 42 or 44 would be about right (aim for low to mid 60's inches). With anything higher, there'd be lots of walking involved; the downsides is lots of twiddling downhills, but at least there is the option of back braking on the pedals.


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 Post subject: singlespeed advice
PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:50 pm 
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thanks for advice, will keep experimenting with different ways.

Might have a very tatty uphanger, I bought a new kona style one by googling it and getting it for about a tenner.

jamie


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:03 pm 
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Agree with one-eyed_jim. I live in Leeds where everything is uphill both ways and 70" (42/16) fixed does me fine.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:01 pm 
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Location: Lille - North of France
I mainly ride 42*18, on a mixed urban / country course.
And for commuting.

It is versatile enough to have good speed in the traffic, and accelerate really hard when I want to have fun.

On long downhill roads, I do coast though or spin my legs like a 10-year-old riding down a bridge... :lol:

I love SSing, but it has to be fun!

;)


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 Post subject: singlespeed
PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:30 pm 
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thanks again for advice. I am good at spinning down a hill like a 10 year old girl!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:31 am 
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i run 52:18, if you live somewhere kind of flat it's ideal. kind of hilly and you'll get strong legs ;)


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