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Going Fixed(7 posts)

Going Fixedsuperdreadnought
Jan 28, 2004 12:19 PM
How can I tell if my 03 Allez can be converted to fixed gear for use on the local track and training?
Better than "Getting Fixed" nmpitt83
Jan 28, 2004 12:21 PM
Better than "Getting Fixed" nmSpiderman
Jan 28, 2004 12:33 PM
If it has horizontal dropouts or some other way to tension the chaing, you can easily "fix" it. With vertical dropouts you may need an eccentric hub (White industries makes them) but I don't know if they are track legal.

To race on the track, I dont know all the rules but the bike must have bolt on wheels, and no brakes.

Take your frame to a competent shop and they will be able to look at it and tell you if you can "fix" it.

Hope that helps, they are tons of fun. I've ridden one for about a year (not exclusively) and I love it. I use a front brake because I am not good enough to ride around in NYC without one. have fun with it!!
I have the White Industries Hub....Gregory Taylor
Jan 28, 2004 2:12 PM
It's a beautiful piece of kit. I've not built it up yet, but I will be doing so very shortly. It will be used to convert a Cannondale CAAD3 to a "fast fixie".
ask your local track...Arnold Zefal
Jan 28, 2004 12:30 PM
they probably require a proper track hub with nutted axels. you'll have to use something to compinsate for the vertical drop-outs, which may be a problem. but they're the folks to ask.
re: Going FixedRoundabout
Jan 28, 2004 12:34 PM
Check the fixed gear forum. There are several ways to deal with a vertical dropout: eccentric hub (Eno - I believe) and careful selection of chainring and cog. Also check Sheldon Brown's website. According to him, any road bike can be converted.
why do that to a nice road frame?climbo
Jan 28, 2004 12:52 PM
track frames/bikes can be found cheap second hand. You could do it to your frame but why? Track frames have specific geometries and tighter clerances to make them super fast on a track.