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newbie needs helpmbr142
Nov 7, 2003 9:23 AM
I have a vertical-drop steel frame and nice 27" wheels that I might be able to convert. Should I bother with that or should I look for a Classic frame and convert that? I am dying to get on the wagon and am anxious to get something going. Also, can conventional 6spd freewheels and rims be converted/dished for proper chain line, or do I need a new hub/wheel set up. Considering flip/flop. Please forgive my newbie questions but I need some help.
Nov 7, 2003 9:49 AM
before you throw down money on a frame try this program. It gives you what gears you can use front and rear to have proper chain tension. Has long has you can thread a cog on to the hub all you need to do is redish the wheel. Or buy a fixed rear wheel ready made (that is what I did) Here is the link:

re: newbie needs helpukiahb
Nov 7, 2003 11:55 AM
also check out
all the info you need and he also sells White Industries hubs if you do decide to use a vertical dropout frame....
re: newbie needs helpsfsailor
Nov 7, 2003 11:58 AM
Fellow newbie-
I am the post before you and just found a great web site through the link above. www.sheldonbrown/ H e give a good description of what frames make suitable conversions and what hurdles you will have with verticle drop outs. He also does a great job with explainations on hubs and dishing adjustments.
re: Thanks for the helpmbr142
Nov 7, 2003 6:53 PM
Thanks for all the help- My fixie is on the way as we speak. I saw my buddy at the lbs and he is dishing the wheel for me. Hopefully by the end of next week I will have the correct gears, chain and alignment all worked out.Thank you Zapp-that info took Sheldon Browns (thanks sfsailor) info to the next level.