Tuesday, March 16, 2010

erik v. and an insight to the incredible shrinking ratio

Some new stuff from Erik Vehmeyer. from Erik V on Vimeo.

okay, i have a little predicament here. it's not that i dont like his riding and his style, it's just....that ratio is not doing it for me. see, the smaller and smaller ratios get, the less impressed i am with someone doing these tricks. i know my ratios so the 46 17 i've been running since i began (actually, i ran a year on 46x16, but one tooth is not that noticeable) is similar to the 39x15 i will be soon running. now i understand a 32x11 close to a 46x16, and blah blah blah, but small ratio fixed gears cease to impress me. see the reason why i got sucked into fixed freestyle was the idea that people were running track components while holding a formidable ratio (thats why i dont want to go to a small ratio). things have changed (esp. because of the tree splined sprocket), but ratios have not.

the closer it gets to 1-1, the closer fixed freestyle comes to artistic cycling. now ponder on that- fixed freestyle just became a whole lot easier lookin'. now i'm not trying to criticize erik, he has solid lines and has solid riding. i just want to bring up the idea of the shrinking ratio.




Anonymous said...

i do zero tricking, but do people actually commute with those ratios? i would rather freewheel it to my destination than rock one of those.
this vid is hella clean tho

J.mika'ele said...

people do run ratios like that, but what gets to me is the dying out of all around functionality of the fixed gear. we already know that the urban track bike is disappearing, and the rise of the fixed freestyle is the cause of it. however, the reason why a large portion of us got into the fixed gear segment of cycling was the idea that you can both do trick as well as commute long distances in a clean package.

it's daft i tell you, daft!