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How much $$ to turn a road bike into a fixed-gear bike?(8 posts)

How much $$ to turn a road bike into a fixed-gear bike?nigel
Nov 14, 2001 10:06 PM
I have an old steel racer which I'm considering converting to a fixed-gear number for some short, flat, winter sessions. Anybody do this recently? Would I need to replace the hub, chain, etc.? I'm trying to do this on a LOW budget, and don't really want to spend any real cash on this project--but I'd love to improve my spin over the winter, and like riding a fixed.

Any ideas of how much I could get away with spending, and what needs to be done?

Much thanks,
not muchgtx
Nov 14, 2001 11:34 PM
it's pretty much all here
$130Steve Davis
Nov 15, 2001 7:35 AM
I built up a fixed gear bike a month or two ago. It's a 1980's Centurian Lemans RS and all I really needed was a rear wheel and cog. I work near Harris Cyclery (Sheldon Brown) and bought a pre-built rear wheel with a Suzie flip-flop hub. I also got a cog that was compatible with a "deraileuar chain" so that I didn't need to buy a bmx style chain as well.

If you buy the hub and build the wheel yourself, you can do it even cheaper.

Now that the bike is built up, I've spend more money on it (new bar tape, etc.). It really is fun though. I've got about 350 miles on it now.

Yesterday I rode it at lunch and ran into two other guys whom I had never met. We rode together for about 15 miles and they just couldn't understand why anyone would want to ride a fixed. I'm finding it's kind of tough to explain sometimes...
$130 too muchxyz
Nov 15, 2001 7:52 AM
find an old freewheel wheel- cheap- and get a track cog- $15- and if you're nervous an old BB lockring and some loc-tite. ta-da, way cheaper than $130.
$130 too muchride24-7
Nov 15, 2001 11:01 AM
Thats exactly what I did on my fixed bike, but the only difference is that I put the lonck ring on first before the cog to get a better chain line. I have never had any problems with the cog loosening since it gets tighter with every pedal stroke.
$130 too muchbrider
Nov 15, 2001 12:07 PM
You could also redish the wheel to achieve the appropriate chain line. Would serve to make a stronger wheel (drive side spoke angle less steep).
butJack S
Nov 15, 2001 1:23 PM
sometims you have to redish so much that the spokes aren't long enough
Good ideaSteve Davis
Nov 15, 2001 11:07 AM
Wish I thought of that...