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Old 03-20-11, 10:26 PM   #1
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Fixed folder

Hi, all: I have a Raleigh Twenty project bike that I was thinking of converting to fixed. But it's going to be a bit of an undertaking and I wonder if the end result is likely to be worth it (as-is they don't ride all that well). Would I be better off just picking up a Swift folder or something like that? Thanks.
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Old 03-21-11, 08:30 PM   #2
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R20s make a great fixie - the frame is really strong, dropouts adjustable and a good width for track hubs, geometry can be tweaked with forks etc.
Fitting a new Bottom bracket is a pain but there are plenty of solutions from über cheap to Phil-Wood-spensive.

The only reason stock ones don't ride well are:
1) Chrome rims - don't really make for a natural brake surface
2) Chrome rims - heavy
3) Brakes - old and crap
4) Bar geometry is all wrong for a modern feel
5) That's it.

Mine is great fun as a fixie. Nimble, nippy. Solid.


So in summary - in my [biased] opinion - go for it!
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