Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - i have no idea what i'm doing.
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07-24-08, 02:26 PM
so i found a bike, took it all apart, painted the frame, and am thinking to convert it to a fixie. Thing is, i have no idea what parts to buy. nor do i know if any of the parts i would get would all fit together.
i have read sheldon's site- but i'm not fluent with all the bike lingo. and there aren't any pictures :[
so can someone help me out? cus i soooo wanna ride my bike. :(
07-24-08, 05:39 PM
What?! Sheldon Browns site is so friggin' helpful, it's impossible to not get it! Its a dictionary for bikes and bike parts and bike functions and bike everything! Most everyting has some sort of picture to reference and www.google.com/images works just fine for the rest.
Technically, you only need a fixed rear cog to make it a fixie... but if you wanna do it with any chance of survival (for you and the bike) you get a fixed gear rear hub wheel, you dish/space it accordingly to give it a descent chainline (the straightest path between the chainring (big front sprocket/gear thingy) and rear cog (rear small sprocket/gear thingy) and, if the frame has at lease semi-horizontal rear dropouts (the slots that the rear wheel hub slides up into), you tension the chain like a bmx bike by pulling the rear wheel back so its taut. If the rear dropouts are vertical, you need to run an eccentric hub (I wont even bother explaining it) or some chain tensioner (dumb).
Done. Fixie. Get Awesome.
SHELDON BROWNS FIXED GEAR CONVERSION SITE ONE MORE TIME>>> I SWEAR IT"S HELPFUL! (http://sheldonbrown.com/fixed-conversion.html)
ANOTHER LINK THAT IS SO HELPFUL IT HURTS!! (http://sheldonbrown.com/deakins/how-to-fixed-conversion.html)
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