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    fixed speed ? again

    So if I have a standard road bike - I am thinking about converting to a single speed .
    Do I buy a hub that is designed for flipflop will this aline my chain up correctly( or do I need a chain singleator on top of the flip flop hub)?
    I hope that ? makes sense,
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    forgot to ask this also- Does it really make a difference if your frame was built for a fixed or not?
    I mean I see post saying you should have the rear axel slide in from the back instead up from an angle -Why would this really make a difference?

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    mainly you need horizontal dropouts, in order to adjust chain tension. if you have vertical dropouts you will need a singleator to adjust chain tension. chainline is a different issue that will be affected, but not necessarily solved, by installing a singlespeed hub.

    the following link will tell you all you need to know, and then some. enjoy.

    http://sheldonbrown.com/singlespeed.html

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    Performance has parts to convert a roadie into a single-speed, but that will not be or feel the same as a fixed-gear bike.
    "We are few now, but one day we will rule." That's what one of my fixies whispered as I walked by. I nodded in agreement, and thanked it for not waking the others.

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    Remember that fixed gear (no coasting) is different from single speed (only one gear, but with a freewheel for coasting). Old road bikes usually convert to fixed gear quite nicely. The easiest way is to buy a fixed gear rear wheel and cog, remove the uneeded shifter-stuff from the bike, and install a chain. You may need to mess with the spacing of the hub, or the position of the chainring to get a straight chainline.

    Single speed is even easier, you need something to maintain chain tension (unless the bike has horizontal dropouts), and then a BMX freewheel, or a single speed kit for a cassette hub.

    I suggest spending a lot of time at http://www.sheldonbrown.com reading about fixed gear and single speed. If you still have questions, come back and let us know!

    peace,
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    Would these be considered horizontal dropouts? Thanks again..

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    YES! Those dropouts are perfect for use as a singlespeed or fixed gear bike!

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    how about a hub like this?



    its a flipflop apparently but i thouht they were to have stepped and reversed threads for a lockring?
    anyone care to explain? could this be used for a fixie?

    I am new and dont ride fixed yet but am looking for the cheapest way to convert possible..

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    its a flip freewheel... cannot accept a 'proper' lockring. nashbar has their fixed hubs on sale for CHEAP

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    That hub would sort-of work... But it would be a cludge. You could thread a cog on, but there would be no way to keep it on. You could use locktite or jb weld, but again, its a cludge. If you already own that hub, and don't want to buy anything, you could get away with it, but don't buy that hub.

    I'd look for a 'real' track hub, which will have two sets of threads on each side. Like mentioned, Nashbar has their high flange track hub on sale right now, its 30$, which is damn cheap, and its a basic quality hub. It even includes lockrings, which saves you another 20$ down the line.

    peace,
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    Quote Originally Posted by phidauex
    That hub would sort-of work... But it would be a cludge. You could thread a cog on, but there would be no way to keep it on. You could use locktite or jb weld, but again, its a cludge. If you already own that hub, and don't want to buy anything, you could get away with it, but don't buy that hub.

    I'd look for a 'real' track hub, which will have two sets of threads on each side. Like mentioned, Nashbar has their high flange track hub on sale right now, its 30$, which is damn cheap, and its a basic quality hub. It even includes lockrings, which saves you another 20$ down the line.

    peace,
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    right on..thanks guys...havent bought it but saw it for like 5$ on ebay

    i ll go with the nashbar hubs...any ideas of quotes for building a cheap but safe wheel around such a hub? sorry for so many questions but i ve not built a wheel before

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    Quote Originally Posted by DLoMatic
    right on..thanks guys...havent bought it but saw it for like 5$ on ebay

    i ll go with the nashbar hubs...any ideas of quotes for building a cheap but safe wheel around such a hub? sorry for so many questions but i ve not built a wheel before
    see the "ghetto aero wheelset love" thread if you know how to build your own wheels.
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