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    cheap fixie conversion question

    my dad found an old roadie and he wants me to convert it into a fixie to remind him of the good old days. anyways after servicing the bike is it just a matter of removing the freewheel and putting a fixed sprocket and getting the chailine straight with spacers and what not? i just finished my singlespeed and didn't really focus on what entails a fixie. also, the hub is standard sized and right threaded (or the normal way) so what do i need? fixed sprocket, spacers, lockring, etc...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by o0akoni0ois
    it just a matter of removing the freewheel and putting a fixed sprocket and getting the chailine straight with spacers and what not??
    Pretty much, Here is everything you'd need : http://www.sheldonbrown.com/fixed-conversion.html

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    Check out Fixed Gear on the Cheap, too.

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/deakins/...onversion.html
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    save alot of reading.

    either redish the wheel or add spacers to the hub to get a striaght chainline (if necessary). Screw on track cog. If your the nevous type, slap some loctite on first and add a BB lockring for security.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevo
    save alot of reading.

    either redish the wheel or add spacers to the hub to get a striaght chainline (if necessary). Screw on track cog. If your the nevous type, slap some loctite on first and add a BB lockring for security.

    warning this is a newbie question: whats redishing the wheel? and why do you need to do it?

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    anyone have photos of the bb lockring on the hub??

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevo
    save alot of reading.

    either redish the wheel or add spacers to the hub to get a striaght chainline (if necessary). Screw on track cog. If your the nevous type, slap some loctite on first and add a BB lockring for security.
    if i went with the track cog method, would both brakes still be needed or will i be fine with just running the front one?
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    dmarc,

    redishing is simply 'recentering' the hub relative to the wheel. If youve never noticed, a geared hub is offcentered toward port to make room for all those usless gears. SOMETIMES, this offcentering makes for an inadequate chainline (though In my experience, this is USUALLY not the case). If you have a good chainline, redishing is not necessary (though a centered hub is aethetically more appealing to the fashion-conscience).

    oOak,

    so you hear all sorts of theories about spinning off the back cog w/out a rear brake. Empricism tells a diffent story. In 17 years i've never done so. And i've never used loctite. And most my wheels do not have a lockring. YMMV. If your worried, run a rear brake. personally, i've never worried.

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