Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - Fixed Project
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I'm starting a project, first one, and I was just wondering about the dropouts as I'm a bit unsure whats best for fixed gear. Picture of the bike attached, I'm going to leave it as original as I can, with bullhorned downbars, probably no brake (leisure bike, I do ride with a brake otherwise). I did as anyone would and checked out Sheldon's page on the topic but still looking for any suggests on the actual frame as a fixie.
05-16-08, 03:00 PM
A closer pic would help. Looks like very short semi horizonal dropouts? Brakes are always a good idea, though.
I actually don't have the bike yet, thats why I'm asking incase anyone can see or know more then I can. A brake is never a bad idea either, useful for helping keep balance at lights too. See what happens...
Build your own
05-16-08, 04:06 PM
It doesn't look like there's a lot of room in those drop outs.You might have to prepare yourself for some halflink action.
05-16-08, 04:09 PM
or an eccentric hub even
05-16-08, 08:53 PM
What it comes down to, is does the frame fit, is the price right, and do you like it? If so, then a conversion is possible.
the frame is a bit big, 58, I currently use a 56, 32 inseam, 5"8 5"9. Probably better off waiting for something that's a better fit. Tough call, I like the frame and where I live it's hard to find one you like thats for sale. Price is $300 Canadian.
A 58 is way to big given your height. Wave goodbye and continue the search.
I'm 5'11" and I usually ride a 56 for "performance" (and fixie) riding but a 58 for touring and general long distance riding. Anything larger than that is too big for me. This Bianchi would probably make a poor candidate for a fixed conversion. It would be worth more left alone as a geared bike in my opinion.
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