|I need a "fix"||haydensimons|
May 20, 2002 8:14 PM
|I've been reading about the joys of a fixed gear bike. I've decided that I just have to have one. I'm completely broke though. Is there any cheap way to get one? I do my own wrenching on the road bike I have so I am not nervous about building one up, but I don't know where to start. I'm afraid it is going to be too costly too. Any help from the "cult" that is dead set on the positives of the fixed gear?
|re: I need a "fix"||gtx|
May 20, 2002 8:47 PM
|here's a good place to start
|re: I need a "fix"||dustin73|
May 20, 2002 9:25 PM
|Surly has some stuff for converting a wheel under the "PARTS" section at www.surlybikes.com
however, i'm the type that would rather buy a wheel than risk "converting" an old one (which is why i bought a dedicated SS frame). you could probably get a Suzue rear hub and lace it to whatever rim for about 120$.
then again, i have read of some people using a track cog and BB lockring or something...maybe someone can comment on that.
if you want to go all out, there's always the Phil flip-flop that is oh-so-nice.
however, after that you have to consider chainstay length and what gear ratio you're gonna want to run.
|Freewheel hub is all you need||Ray Sachs|
May 21, 2002 9:04 AM
|"then again, i have read of some people using a track cog and BB lockring or something...maybe someone can comment on that."
When I first converted my old mid-80's Bianchi to a fixed, I just removed the derailures and shifters, removed the freewheel and added a track cog and BB retaining ring (it's not really a lock ring - goes on in the same direction as the cog, but it helps reduce the odds of unthreading the cog). Rode it like that for quite a while. You do have to check and make sure the "lock" ring is tight every few rides - I neglected to do this for a while and got a rude surprise when I backpedalled the cog right off the hub.
Once I was good and sure I was addicted, I took off the rear brake and second chainring and had a rear wheel built around a flip-flop hub. You should be able to find an old road bike with horizontal dropouts for next to nothing to do this minor surgery on.
May 21, 2002 3:07 AM
|Buy a circa-80's road bike from a garage sale (under 100 bucks). These bikes have horizontal drops and freewheel hubs which is all you need for a conversion. Add a 20 dollar sprocket and youre good to go.|
May 21, 2002 2:25 PM
|Yeah, pick up any 80's racing bike with horzontal dropouts and you are only out $20 more bucks for the cog. You can get a classic Colnago or Somec or Paramount. Rescue an old classic!!|
|Try Suzue Hubs||czardonic|
May 21, 2002 8:28 AM
|Get yourself a Suzue Basic rear track hub. They are available here for $26.95. Make sure to get a track lockring as well, as the hub does not come with one. You may have to add some washers for spacing and dish the wheel to get the chainline right.
I built a fixed gear with Suzue hubs and Surly cog and lockring and so far they've been great. Can't beat the price.
|I did it cheap.||look271|
May 21, 2002 4:45 PM
|I had an old early 80's Bianchi that I converted. Bought a flip-flop rear wheel on ebay for about $50, new chain, took off the derailers, kept the brakes,took off the outer chainring, had to buy a track cog and the other side is a freewheel, ss. All told,less than $100.|| |