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Thinking of a single speed - track or road frame?(5 posts)

Thinking of a single speed - track or road frame?Iwannapodiumgirl
Jan 17, 2004 4:41 PM

I am a long time reader, first time poster on Fixed Gear.

I would like to build a single speed road bike, and have read the volumes of useful posts and websites dedicated (literally!) to the art of fixed gear and single speed.

However, should I convert a road frame to single speed including replacing the dropouts to track, or convert a track frame to single speed by driling for brakes?


Iwanna :o)
re: Thinking of a single speed - track or road frame?mr_e
Jan 18, 2004 9:00 AM
ROAD FRAME!!!! Don't be so cruel to a track bike! Go for a road with horizontal drop outs, and you don't even need to replace them with track ends. If the hanger offends your sensabilities, cut it off. OR, take a look at bikes like the Fuji (maybe the bianchi?) or Surly that are inexpensive frames made for fixed gear/single speed use (with track ends) AND come pre-drilled for brakes. If you go the budget route, just pick up any old long dropout frame and give it a whirl. If you like it, buy a bike that best suites your riding. I have a track bike I ride on the street, but its really not the best for "long" rides. For that, I go for a converted road of some sort....
re: Thinking of a single speed - track or road frame?hothand
Jan 18, 2004 12:01 PM
A couple of considerations about track frames.

1. steep angles and stiff tubing = uncomfortable ride.
2. Toe overlap between pedal and front wheel. This will force you to keep on your toes (pun intended)
3. difficultly mounting brakes.
4. With the current trendyness of fixed/single speeds prices for used track frames are going through the roof.

For my fixed I used my 80s Italian road bike. Super comfortabe ride and I have a flip-flop depending on the situation
track frame w/ road forkjoe friday
Jan 18, 2004 4:55 PM
with 120mm rear spacing and proper cranks you get good
chainline without having to use a dremel tool, or hope,
or serendipity.... But then, what would life be without
those things? :)
How will you primarily use the bike?jtferraro
Jan 20, 2004 11:53 AM
Commuting? Training? Or...actually on a track? I chose the Fuji Track since it is an "out-of-the-box" fixed gear with road geometry. I use it for commuting and training and may eventually give track riding a whirl.