General Cycling Discussion - a question about track bikes
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03-16-00, 01:33 AM
I dont race, and dont plan on it, but would like to own a fixed hub / track bike type bike, can i just change the hub on one of my older mtb's?
03-28-00, 12:50 AM
A mountain bike is totally different to a track bike, its wheel size, handle bars , crank lengths, frame angeles etc are designed specifically for riding over much harsher conditions tha a track bike and thus are much heavier and less responsive to quicker riding than a track bike.
As long as you have a screw on cluster on your MTB, you could put a sprocket on that will give you th same sensation of "spinning" as a track bike as your pedals will be fixed in with the motion of your wheels (fixed wheel). Changing hubs to a track hub will leed you too also having to put a longer axle in the standard track hub as mtb and Road hubs are wider to accommodate the cluster.
please note that track bikes do not have brakes, this stops riders from slowing up too soon when other riders are on the track and helps prevent accidents. If you do partially convert your MTM into a track bike with a fixed gear you must also disable your brakes too so that you do not cause accidents with other riders
10-11-00, 04:46 PM
Do yourself a favor and get a road bike with a fixed gear wheel. You can get any old road bike, toss all of the derailleurs and shifter etc. Leave the front brake on, toss the back brake. You can run a fixed cog on one side of the hub and a freewheel on the other side so you can flip the wheel is you need to coast. Check out Sheldon Brown's comments on fixed gear cycling. He is the MAN!
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