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Old 09-20-07, 08:33 PM   #1
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worth fixin'?

Check out the rear drop, if I choose to fix it, what would be the best way to go?


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Steel is an amazingly ductile material. I'd slip it into a vice and squeeze it back into place. You may want to align the derailleur hanger though, either wing it with a crescent, use the tool if you have it or take it by a shop.
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Its gonna be a fixie so Im not to worried about the hanger I just might hack it off! Thanks for the advice
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It's worth a try at least.
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Clamp in vise, and gradually bend back. Did so with a '85 Somec once - worked out beautifully. Don't lob off the derailer hanger though - finding a nice model Schwinn with a hanger is a wee bit difficult.

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Clamp in vise, and gradually bend back. Did so with a '85 Somec once - worked out beautifully. Don't lob off the derailer hanger though - finding a nice model Schwinn with a hanger is a wee bit difficult.

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Thanks for the advise but do look at those drops carefully, they are not forged, that piece you see that looks raised is just a thin piece of metal attatched to the derailluer =(
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I strongly advise you to avoid the temptation to amputate the derailleur hanger. When the current fixie fad dies a merciful, deserved death, you or a future owner will be very glad you left the derailleur tab intact.
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I strongly advise you to avoid the temptation to amputate the derailleur hanger. When the current fixie fad dies a merciful, deserved death, you or a future owner will be very glad you left the derailleur tab intact.
If not when. I've been riding a fixie for a year now and haven't got the urge to trade in for a geared bike so far...
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Clamp in vise, and gradually bend back. Did so with a '85 Somec once - worked out beautifully. Don't lob off the derailer hanger though - finding a nice model Schwinn with a hanger is a wee bit difficult.

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+1 on that advice. I've done it in the past by just gripping the bottom of the dropout in the vise, and pulling down with two fingers on the head tube. Two fingers is all you need, that frame is one heck of a lever. Once you've got the spacing back where it's supposed to be, then clamp the entire dropout in the vice jaws to press it all straight.

I've straightened bent dropouts and bent hangers by this method very easily.
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Im building a fixie because its a bike Ive been wanting ever since I sold mine a long time ago, not because its the "in thing" I usually dont go for fads unless its something I truly like, like a fixed gear, and my bald head but due to the info I recieved from a couple of guys here at the forum, Im not going to hack off the hanger never know when I might decide to sell! sell! sell!
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