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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 05-23-05, 08:21 PM   #1
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I have a Peugeot road bike frame just laying around the house, and I wanted to do a fixed gear conversion with it, but the drop-outs on it are vertical, in stead of horizontal so I couldnít do it, well not that I know of at least, anyways I stumbled upon this peculiar item, their track ends to convert frames to a fixed gear, but before I buy it, I just wanted to know anyone had some incite as to what Iím getting into (how the process works, who I would go to get it put on) anything would be of much help. I put a picture of what this item looks like to give you an idea. Thanks in advanced, and happy riding!


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Old 05-23-05, 08:22 PM   #2
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are you sure the peugeot dropouts are vertical? how old is the bike?
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Old 05-23-05, 08:25 PM   #3
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like not that old mid or late 70's
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Old 05-23-05, 08:29 PM   #4
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A hack saw and a little JB Weld and you'll be good to go!
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Old 05-23-05, 09:00 PM   #5
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A 70s road bike probably has horizontal dropouts. Vertical didn't really catch on until the late 80s or early 90s.
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Old 05-23-05, 09:08 PM   #6
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yeah your most likely right with the year on my frame, but yeah if i where to do this it's not like taking a huge risk or anything right, i mean this type of stuff is reletivelly straight forward?
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Old 05-23-05, 09:12 PM   #7
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i don't have a picture of my bike on file right now, but my friend has a newer exact same frame so here is what it looks like


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Models are updated every year, so a newer version of the same frame isn't necessarily a valid comparison.

Installing new fork ends is straightforward for a frame builder and sure madness for the rest of us. Do you know how to weld or braze thin wall tubing? Is it heat treated tubing? If so, are you prepared to use low-temperature silver solder to do the work? Are you sure you can get your alignment right?

Take a look at the dropouts on this page and you'll realize there is a whole universe of non-track fork ends. Most are suited as-is for fixed gear use. Only within the last 15 years or so has it become common to outfit frames with the non-adjustable vertical dropouts.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/fixed-conversion.html
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Old 05-23-05, 10:38 PM   #9
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you guy's are cool


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So your drops are mostly vert, but check out the White Industries ENO hub. Even with a completely vert dropout you can easily do the conversion. The hub helps set the chain tension...pretty ingenious.
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