Changing gears on a single speed bike
January 19, 2013 2:05 AM Subscribe
My new single speed is a bit too easy to ride. What are my options to make the gear harder?
Specifically, what should I ask a bike shop to change and how much should it cost?
posted by Silentgoldfish to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My bike was stolen (boo!) so I bought a new one (yay!). I like everything about it except that it's a bit too easy to ride. I think it means the gear is too low but while I like bike riding, I'm a newbie when it comes to terminology so I'm not sure exactly what I'm describing. My previous bike and my new one are both single speed because I prefer it that way but my old one was a better ride for me since it was geared slightly harder.
What can I replace on my new one to give it a similar gearing? Do I want a bigger front sprocket or a smaller rear one? What should I experiment with first?