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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 07-07-05, 10:50 PM   #1
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Newbie needs help---a fixed gear conversion....

So yeah, I have decided to take the plunge and invest some cash into converting an old Colnago road bike frame into a fixed gear ride. The problem is, I have no idea what to do. I have the frame stripped and ready to use, can I just buy a fixed-wheel for the rear and buy a chain, hook it all up and go? I am thinking it would be wise to find a flip/flop hub so that I can switch to SS if I need to, but someone told me that with a flip/flop hub I would need to buy a lockring as well. Is there a detailed how-to guide someone can recommend to me? Or is there an archived thread that entails all that I need to know? Thanks for any and all help.
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Old 07-07-05, 11:55 PM   #2
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http://sheldonbrown.com/fixed-conversion.html

You will not find better, more practical, or safer advice on this topic on the internet. And yes, if it is your first fixed-gear bike it is recommended you use a flipflop hub. Otherwise, welcome!!
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I agree with Slodo, sheldon brown is the most thorough resource around. A flip-flop is a great idea, too. You'll find you've got muscles you didn't know you had riding a fixie. Being able to freewheel at times is a refreshing thing. It's like having two bikes at once. Here's another link with tons of owner photos and a help section, too. Best of luck. I hope you enjoy fixed riding! jot

http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/
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Personally I wouldn't bother with a flip flop just because I don't know one person that has one that actually flips thier flop. That and if you're going to be keeping the option of a freewheel you're probally going to want to keep the rear brake. And you know what they say, "once you go fixed....you'll...stop picking up sticks?" Or something like that.
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Great, thanks for the links and advice guys.
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Personally I wouldn't bother with a flip flop just because I don't know one person that has one that actually flips thier flop.
I do, on both the fixed/fixed wheel and the free/free wheel.
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