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Old 07-06-05, 08:11 PM   #1
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3/8'' to 14mm

I am fixing up an old street bike and it has 3/8'' axles. I am getting a new fork and I thought about upgrading to 14mm. Is it possible to change just the axle from a 3/8'' to 14mm or do I need to change the hub too. I just wanted to see how much trouble it is to change to 14mm. I am not even sure if my rear drop outs will fit a 14mm axle. I will be riding a new street park in my town and it has a lot of hand rails, so I want the strongest bike I can have. 3/8'' might be enough but I just wanted to check. Thanks for the help guys.
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Old 07-06-05, 08:14 PM   #2
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new hub. you could get fat nuts and an axle converter
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Old 07-06-05, 08:25 PM   #3
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i got some axel converters...AIM at harrisrt10 and ill hook u up
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Old 07-06-05, 08:27 PM   #4
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why are you trying to sell axle converters. are you like sometype of internet hustla
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Old 07-06-05, 08:36 PM   #5
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would I need to do the front and the back. Are my rear drop-outs big enough to support 14mm?
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Old 07-06-05, 08:37 PM   #6
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that's something you should be telling us
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Old 07-06-05, 08:41 PM   #7
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Exactly, thanks queensrider86. That is what I was trying to find out. My 3/8'' fit in ther just fine so I was just trying to figure out if it is posible to convert to 14mm or when you buy the bike frame it already comes with 14mm dropouts. I am going to by a S&M Pitchfork and I just thought since I was doing that I could convert it all to 14mm, but if my rear drop-outs won't fit 14mm axles in there than I guess Icant do it.
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Old 07-06-05, 08:45 PM   #8
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Just get 3/8" axles. There's absolutely no reason to get 14mm unless you spend half your day doing smiths and toothpicks.
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Thanks beerman, that is the advice I was looking for. See here is my situation. I use to ride pretty hard about 10 years ago. I am 27 now and my city just finished up a $250,000.00 all cement skate park. With a 20' full pipe, monster bowl, pyrmids and rails everywhere. I am so pumped to get out there. I used to slide rails with my 3/8'' and I never actually bent and axle. I have been hitting the weights pretty hard so I have put on a few pounds in the past ten years. I will not be sliding a ton of rails, but I sure will try to hit the some of them though. Why am I even worring about it anyways, if I bend the axles then I will cross that bridge when I get there. If I bend them I will get bigger ones, but I am sure that the 3/8'' will be fine. Thanks for the help.

Here is a link to the website of the company who built the new skate park if anyone cares. The park on the front page is the park they just built in my hometown of Amarillo.
http://grindline.com/cgi-bin/view.pl

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I'm a fan of that fullpipe capsule.
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that park looks pretty fun man. have a ball!
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Old 07-07-05, 04:36 PM   #12
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Thanks beatifik, I am so pumped. I can't wait to get out there.
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Beerman, why didn't you think of starting a business like that? Building parks?
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From their website it looks like they are pretty busy building park all across the nation. I hung out with some of the builders at the local pub and they told me that they are building quite a few of them at one time, even in a neighboring city about three hours away. I read in the local paper that the bill for this park was about $250,000.00 so it sounds like they are doing well.
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Well its east you convert to 14mm, a dremel and a steady hand.
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Well its east you convert to 14mm, a dremel and a steady hand.
Hello uneven dropouts. Not a good idea. Better idea: use what your bike is built for or buy a frame that's built for what you want.
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