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    Need brake help!!

    Hey guys. I am in the process of converting my 21 speed hybrid into a single speed with a flip flop hub. With non machined deep v wheels, for example retrospect or pure fixed cycle wheels, would brakes work very well on them? Or would it be better to find different wheels (non deep v)? Thanks guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin_mo View Post
    Hey guys. I am in the process of converting my 21 speed hybrid into a single speed with a flip flop hub. With non machined deep v wheels, for example retrospect or pure fixed cycle wheels, would brakes work very well on them? Or would it be better to find different wheels (non deep v)? Thanks guys!
    Why not use the machined deep V wheels? Velocity makes them and they build up nicely; my wife has one on her Sturmey Archer SX3 (3-speed fixee). She goes belt, suspenders and draw-string with hand brakes front and rear plus the braking aspect of fixed gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
    Why not use the machined deep V wheels? Velocity makes them and they build up nicely; my wife has one on her Sturmey Archer SX3 (3-speed fixee). She goes belt, suspenders and draw-string with hand brakes front and rear plus the braking aspect of fixed gear.
    I a only in high school so I have somewhat of a budget. The only velocity wheelsets I found were about $300.
    I found a single rim for about 70, but I don't know how to put spokes and a hub in. Are radius brakes todo for fixes as well?

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    Rim brakes work fine with non-machined brake tracks. I have a Sun Rims CR18 laced up and it stops the best out of any wheel I've ever had (Shimano BR500 w/Kool Stop Salmons). Sqeals like crazy, though.

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    OP, you're working with a Wally bike, aren't you? Many of those -- in fact, MOST -- do not have machined braking surfaces. They CAN work well with good brake pads.

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    I a only in high school so I have somewhat of a budget.
    give up on suicidal fashion and go for survival , single speed coaster-brake rear-wheels are cheap .

    you dont Need deep V rims and a fixie kit to get around.. be realistic.

    use a bike with Brakes that work ~! so you dont die young..

    "but daaaad, all the other kids are doing it"..
    Last edited by fietsbob; 10-16-13 at 06:01 PM.

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    probably not the right forum....

    though not the hightest end, quality I have good results on my son's fixies (have built two, both with front brakes non-negotiable) with Vuelta wheelsets Nashbar has a set for $90, with flip/flop, 16 tooth cog

    http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...41_-1___204379

    you do get what you pay for but for a high school guy on a budget you could do worse. just check truing, and lubrication and adjustments of of the bearing. the stickers come off pretty easily......and if not use a hairdryer to help

    and the resulst can be pretty nice
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    Might the single speed forum be the best place to ask for such help?

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    Mechanical forum?
    "Pain is weakness leaving the body"......yea, right!

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