F.U. Bennett and your ridiculously big gears!
48x16/17 track on the road
48x15-50x15 on the track
39&53x12,13,14,15,17,19,21,23,25 (road bikes have it all)
yes skidding is easier with a smaller gear, and it's way easier on your knees. also, running a smaller gear will help develop your cadence (spin) so when you do move up to a bigger gear you can spin it when you go fast enough.
plus you usually get a better cardio work out with a smaller gear.
woah there, that's a lot of hella's.
yes I mean smaller inch's 48x17 is good because you would have 17 skid patches and that's a nice gear to ride around in and it should be fine climbing and descending. if you want to run 48x18 that would work too. I run that gear on my conversion and still hang with everyone. though you will end up doing more work than everyone else if you are spinning like that but that's not always a bad thing
it's up to you but if you only have one gear to work with I'd go 48x17
More teeth in your cog will make make it easier to pedal, more teeth on your chainring will make it harder to pedal.
This is in terms of gear inches, or the distance your bike will travel with one complete revolution of the pedals. Higher gear inches means more resistance and vice versa. Right now you're running 73.3 GI, which is a pretty good number in my opinion. You're also getting 7 skid patches which isn't great but isn't awful.
FYI I run 48/17 which is 76.2 GI and 17 skid patches.
EDIT- it seems that the GI chart is for 27 inch wheels, which will make the values a little different than those for 700c wheels. However, the difference is probably negligible.
fyi changing cogs drastically changes your gear ratio more than changing your chainring.
i.e. dropping from 48x16 to 48x15 does way more than going from 48x16 to 49x16, stock up on cogs
not chainrings if you want to play around with gear ratios, also cogs much cheaper than chainrings!