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A cheap wheel anchor.eddie m
Jun 21, 2003 3:36 PM
I've been using a converted road hub with a quick release on my fixed bike, but the wheel always moved around in the dropout. I took an 8" zip tie, wrapped it around the axle and behind the dropout and hauled it down as tight as I could. The first few times I rode, the wheel moved a little, so I recentered the wheel and retightened the zip tie. After 3 or 4 times doing that, the wheel is finally staying put. I've ridden at least 50 miles now, and the wheel hasn't moved.
what if you flat..desmo
Jun 22, 2003 3:41 PM
do you bring a tool to cut or open the zip tie? threaded axels and nuts are cheap too, and work much better than Q/R's on fixies.
what if you flat..eddie m
Jun 23, 2003 4:33 PM
I carry a small single edge razor blade in case I flat, but I think I can pry the zip tie off about as easily as I can remove a tire. I wanted a solid axle, but it looks like it will cost $30 or more, and that would more than double my investment.
'better than QRs on fixies'Steve_0
Jun 24, 2003 6:00 AM
I've been hearing for the better part of a decade that QRs arent strong enough for FG, arent optimal on FG, arent safe on FG, slosh around on FG, you name it.

I've never had a problem in a decade of riding numerous wheels on my FG.

If you think about it, it's really no difft than the force exerted by a MG on the same horizontal drop (skidding aside, of course). When properly tensioned, a QR should be as strong as nuts, at least from the practical standpoint of cycling. Cams are good.

A properly tensioned
they're not as strong..desmo
Jun 24, 2003 9:11 AM
Yeah, the cam lock is strong but that skinny skewer is not. You can clamp a full size nutted axel with a lot more force than a skewer will hold without breaking. I agree in most cases using low gears, Q/R's are fine for a road going fixie. But if you run big gears, have a powerful sprint, or ride big hills a track set-up is much safer.
I'll buySteve_0
Jun 24, 2003 9:29 AM
the AXLE is stronger, due to it's solid nature, but the skinny skewer isnt (shouldnt be?) providing lift.

I didnt mean to imply a QR would be appropo for the extreme forces on the track, though.
'better than QRs on fixies'eddie m
Jun 24, 2003 10:19 AM
I had several fixed gear bikes with quick releases, and some have been OK, but others had enough axle movement that I had to redust the wheel after every ride. For me the biggest problem is that when I get over about 150 rpm my strokes real jerky and it moves the wheel out of place. If I avoid hills it's not much of a problem, but it can be annoying. I'm really surprised that the zip tie stabilizes the wheel as well as it does.