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horizontal dropouts(4 posts)

horizontal dropoutsFrith
Oct 9, 2002 12:44 PM
Don't have 'em. I understand that that means that my bike will never easily be converted to a fixie due to the fact that i can't control chain tension.
What if i convert it to a single speed freewheel (no deralieur) or 2 speed (double chainring with front d. only) Do the same chain tension problems still exist?
sorry for the noob question... i'm new.
Yes it's still a problem unless.......Dave Hickey
Oct 9, 2002 1:00 PM
You use one of these. It can be bought from Harris cyclery for $49.99. Remember this is for single speeds and not fixies.
won't workDougSloan
Oct 9, 2002 1:10 PM
You must have a rear derailleur or a chain tensioner if you have multiple cogs or rings. No way around it.

Read up on things here: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/singlespeed.html
you might luck out with a single--worked for me.cory
Oct 9, 2002 5:42 PM
Doug's right if you have multiple rings or cogs, but if you go with a single, you might luck out. My Trek converted nicely, with a good chain line and acceptable tension, just by juggling the cog one tooth smaller. Sheldon Brown has a formula for figuring that out, but I just eyeballed it and worked.