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I have a Soma 4one5 that I love to ride on trails. I'm currently using a 32/17 gearing.

I'd like to get another freewheel for around town riding.

Any gear recommendations? 12t? What would be a good gearings for commuting around town... some hills but not many REALLY steep, hills, just long slow ones.

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I just remembered that I have to use a freewheel, not just a cog. What is the smallest gear that comes in a freewheel??
 

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The smallest freewheel made is 15t (AC Racing). I suggest you get a larger chainring. For me, I got around town just fine geared 38x16. And that's with hills (long and short).

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On my Soma fixie I run about 70 gear inches, and that is good for 'toodling' around town.

To get close to 70 gear inches on a 26" bike you could run 44x17 (67 gear inches) or a 32 x 12 (69 gear inches). If you can find a 12t cog.
 

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Chewieez said:
Thanks...

So far I've found a Dicta 14t and an Odysee 13t bmx freewheels. I'm not sure if the threading would be the same yet.

http://www.bikemannetwork.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?

I have thought about getting a new chain ring. I am running a WI One crankset though and the rings aren't the cheapest around. :)
32 x 13 works out to 64 gear inches. Still a little low, but better than what you are currently running. And it is easier changing out a cog rather than a ring.
 

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I run a 42-16 around town but thats on a 700c road bike. I'd probably try a 42-15 on a 26" wheel.
 

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BikeMojo said:
On my Soma fixie I run about 70 gear inches, and that is good for 'toodling' around town.
Mojo, did you mean "toodling" (slow) or "tooling" (fast)?

Remember that a fixed drivetrain acts as a Holonomic Scleronomous Gyrator. (see Lee 2005) http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/articles/lee/lee.pdf

That makes it easier to push big gears. Lee said he needed 44" on his geared roadie to get the same climbing power as 68" fixed.

I tried 32/17 on my 29er today. That's 54.6 gear inches. I found it about right for around town.
 

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******* said:
Mojo, did you mean "toodling" (slow) or "tooling" (fast)?
I meant toodling around with geared folks.

******* said:
Remember that a fixed drivetrain acts as a Holonomic Scleronomous Gyrator. (see Lee 2005) http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/articles/lee/lee.pdf
I never knew that fixed riding made things so simple. Thanks for the article. No matter what they call it, I believe the power of fixed (and SS) riding lies in the riders head.

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I tried 32/17 on my 29er today. That's 54.6 gear inches. I found it about right for around town.
Chewieez, ******* brings up a good point. It depends on what speed riding you want for around town. Sticking with the 32t ring, you should try that 15t cog. Take it for a spin. See what you like.

BTW nice find on the 4one5, I tried to get one recently but they have been on back order since last year. Do you have the black (631) or the Silver (Tange) frame?
 

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Chewieez, ******* brings up a good point. It depends on what speed riding you want for around town. Sticking with the 32t ring, you should try that 15t cog. Take it for a spin. See what you like.

BTW nice find on the 4one5, I tried to get one recently but they have been on back order since last year. Do you have the black (631) or the Silver (Tange) frame?
Speed isn't a huge issue but I've ridden 32/18 on the road and it was tough. I definately felt like I was always spinning out and not going anywhere. Lots of coasting on the flats b/c I couldn't pedal fast enough to go faster.

I think I may try to pick up a 13 or 14t cog on the cheap and see how it works out. And yes I agree, changing out a freewheel seems easier than the chain ring on the WI cranks. And also I shouldn't have as much chain length differences.

I have the black 631 frame. I bought it used off of a local rider here in Nashville. It was definately the deal of the century for me. I'm really enjoying riding it. I just can't decide on a fork for it yet. I bought it with a SID which works well and feels good geometry wise. I don't like that there isn't a lock-out for the longer climbs and I don't like running a 6" rotor up front. I have a Reba also which I just put on before my last ride. The fork sits 15mm higher but my stem is 10mm lower on the steerer tube, so the geometry on the bike is a little bit different. SID=80mm and Reba=85mm but the axle to crowns are 15mm difference. But I do like having the Pop-loc and the 7" rotor on the Reba. I also weigh 200lbs, so the Reba is definately stiffer laterally and when braking.

The pop loc though is a tough decision also. I like having it locked out but I grow tired of using the lever over and over again. I also noticed I forgot to flip it off quite a few times, which makes for a bumpy ride.
 

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Chewieez said:
Speed isn't a huge issue but I've ridden 32/18 on the road and it was tough. I definately felt like I was always spinning out and not going anywhere. Lots of coasting on the flats b/c I couldn't pedal fast enough to go faster.

I think I may try to pick up a 13 or 14t cog on the cheap and see how it works out. And yes I agree, changing out a freewheel seems easier than the chain ring on the WI cranks. And also I shouldn't have as much chain length differences.
you still may end up with two chains. One longer for off-road gearing and one shorter for the road.... depending on what gearing you end up with. Not a big problem, change the chain when you change your cog...

Chewieez said:
I have the black 631 frame. I bought it used off of a local rider here in Nashville. It was definately the deal of the century for me. I'm really enjoying riding it.
Oh yea I remember that now. Nice, the 631 frame is killah.
 
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