how to convert a 80's bike into a fixed gear.
ok i have a 1980's peugeot. i want to use this fram fork and what ever eles i can use to build a fixed gear for next spring. i want to know if any one can point me in the right direction. a web site a thread on the forum or anything. i have looked for days and i cant find any thing i prefer something with pictures because i dont know what all the parts are called... i know this is terribly "noobish" of me but i really need to know and i cant find anything. please help! always greatful for your input
It's not that hard to do.
You need a rear wheel with a fixed gear hub. The track cog and lockring will probably be sold separately. When I built mine the inner chainring position of a double crankset lined up perfectly. If it hadn't, I would have fiddled with spacers on either the crankset or rear hub to fine tune the chainline. That's it.
What he said.
Read it until you're pretty clear on the terms before you post in the more-appropriate Singlespeed and Fixed Gear subforum. An innocent query like the one above is a big fat bucket of chum to the SSFG snob.
Does anybody sell a fixed gear rear wheel? Seems like a smart thing for say Nashbar to do, sell a fixed gear rear wheel.
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There are more and more places online to buy a cheapish rear track wheel. There are a number of wheelsets around for about $120. Some are cheaper than that, but I would shy away from them. Good cheap hubs for track are made by Dimension and Formula.
But, be aware that these wheels come spaced and dished on center, and so when you are converted a road bike you will likely have to either tinker with the bb/crank (to bring it farther in) or else respace and redish the rear wheel off-center a bit. The first alternative can sometimes be easy and cheap, but can be fairly expensive. The second alternative undermines much of the motivation for buying track wheels.
If you are just getting into it, I believe it makes a lot of sense to simply convert the wheel on the bike (if it is a freewheel hub, and not a cassette). The so-called "suicide hub" option is not the best, but it is done by a lot of people without trouble. And it is free if you can convert it yourself or fairly inexpensive if you have to pay someone.
Last edited by jgedwa; 10-17-07 at 09:53 AM.
I had a peugeot that I converted to a fixed as well. You want to make sure first off that your bottom bracket and headset are in good condition. Replacing these things on an old french bike is a pain in the butt. Also, if you are going to replace the stem/handlebar or seatpost, you are going to have to either shim or sand the stem down to accomodate the 22mm opening of a french headtube.
I had a suicide hub. I took my existing wheel and redished it. If you are lucky, the spokes won't bottom out and you will have a pretty centered wheel. I think rotafixed a fixed cog....and never needed a lockring of any kind.
If you are located in boston, there is a guy in framingham that sells cheap fixed rear wheels for like $35.
PM me if you have more questions.
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