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Old 02-25-06, 08:27 PM   #1
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Help with Langster Flip Flop rear hub

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Ive beeen riding my Langster for a while now freewheel and would like to try riding it fixed. Its a 2005 and comes with the flip flop hub stock. I removed the wheel thinking the gear would slide right off, but am having trouble removing it. I probably dont have to mention that Im not a bike tech, heh. Anyhow, can anyone help me figure out how to remove the gearing from the free side and get it onto the fixed side of the hub? Im assuming this is pretty simple, I feel pretty silly that I cant figure it out.

thanks in advance for any assistance!
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Old 02-25-06, 08:29 PM   #2
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What?
Are you talking about removing the freewheel and putting it on the fixed side of the hub, thus making the bike "fixed."
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Old 02-25-06, 08:34 PM   #3
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Um. If you want to ride it as a fixed-gear, you need a track cog. And lockring. Don't forget the chainwhip.
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ummm actually its not very simple at all because you cant do it. freewheel and fixed cog are two different things thus making one a single speed with a freewheel and the other side "fixed" you need to get a cog and lock ring and put it on the other side of the hub
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hello bikeshop.
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What?
Are you talking about removing the freewheel and putting it on the fixed side of the hub, thus making the bike "fixed."

yes exactly.

It came stock with a flip flop hub, Im under the impression all I need to do is put the gear on the other side with the lock ring. If anyone knows the langster specifically that would help.

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im pretty sure langster flip flop hubs are the same as the rest. and no you cannot put the freewheel on the other side and just add a lockring. you need to get a separate gear (cog)
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It came stock with a flip flop hub, Im under the impression all I need to do is put the gear on the other side with the lock ring. If anyone knows the langster specifically that would help.

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No offense, but your impression is mistaken. The freewheel device is not built into the hub. The single-speed freewheel threads onto one side of the hub. If you remove it and put it on the other side, you will still have a single-speed with freewheel, only your axle will be turned around. There is no practical reason to do this that I can think of.

You need a track cog and lock ring to go fixed. You will thread these on to the other side of the hub, and they need to be tight so you don't strip the threads. I think you should take the wheel to a bike shop or have a friend help you. Good luck.
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cool, thanks for the clarification! I'll bring the wheel down to the shop this week.
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check ahead and see if they have track cogs/lockrings. some shops don't carry that kind of stuff. but if they are the shop that you bought if from, they probably will.
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My friend's langster came with a lockring but no track cog. Could just be the way the shop set it up though.
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yeah 10-15 for labor and whatever for track cog and lockring and you'll be set, keep your brakes on and have fun.
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