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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 07-19-05, 10:31 PM   #1
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Schwinn Fixie Project

i'm in the process of turning a '86 Schwinn World Sport into a fixed machine. i have a set of Sakae SX 170 cranks to put on it but other than that i'm still building up a list of parts. My question is...Has anyone out there built up a World Sport fixie and if so what BB size( i have a un52-107 but i'm thinking thats gonna be way to short) and rear hub did you use to get the proper chain clearance and straight chain line. Also a mention of anyone's fav rim/tire setups and bar/stem setup would be cool. i always like to hear what other people are raving about.

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Old 07-19-05, 11:30 PM   #2
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i'm in the process of turning a '86 Schwinn World Sport into a fixed machine. i have a set of Sakae SX 170 cranks to put on it but other than that i'm still building up a list of parts. My question is...Has anyone out there built up a World Sport fixie and if so what BB size( i have a un52-107 but i'm thinking thats gonna be way to short) and rear hub did you use to get the proper chain clearance and straight chain line. Also a mention of anyone's fav rim/tire setups and bar/stem setup would be cool. i always like to hear what other people are raving about.

thanks for any help
Actually, I'm using a 107 on my Prologue- it is perfect. A 109.5 is a modern Shimano double, and I'd argue it is a bit wide. Remember, you'd divide that 2.5mm difference by two, since it isn't an asymmetrical BB spindle.

If you already have it, why not try it?

Why rave about anything going on an old World Sport? Use what you have... scrounge... I'm using a Nashbar rear that I laced to a Mavic CXP10 rim- mismatched to an old Campy Vento front, a TTT post, Mutant Stem with Stratus bullhorns. I paid next to nothing for an old 600 crankset... or any of the parts, for that matter.
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Old 07-19-05, 11:43 PM   #3
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My first fixie is all tore up and I am glad that I didn't put a lot of money in it; I had a lot of falls trying to do different things. My advice would be to find the cheapest parts available and put the bike together and see how you like it, also giving the bike some character.
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