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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 03-02-06, 08:55 PM   #1
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I am interested in fixed gear. would like to start with a conversion to learn. I have a specialized mountain bike. could I start with this or should I pick up a cheap road bike to convert?
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go with whatever frame you are most comfortable with. fixed gear isn't frame specific...have fun!
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Old 03-02-06, 09:01 PM   #3
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if your old MTB has vertical dropouts you may run into some chain tension issues..but you can use a magic ratio that will work or get a white industries eno hub
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can anyone help me out with some ABC's on conversion?
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go here and come back later with specific questions
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http://sheldonbrown.com/fixed-conversion.html
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what type of hub best suits a MTB?
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Old 03-02-06, 09:11 PM   #8
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spend a couple of days reading what's in those links..you'll be well sorted.
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If you have the option, go for a road frame. A MTB wouldn't give you the geomtry for a solid fixed ride. You'd have a very different feel to breaking and turning would be less sharp.

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If you have the option, go for a road frame. A MTB wouldn't give you the geomtry for a solid fixed ride. You'd have a very different feel to breaking and turning would be less sharp.

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Every fixed mtb I've ridden has felt pretty good to me.
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Every fixed mtb I've ridden has felt pretty good to me.
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Eno hub. The solve all.
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yeah those eno hubs are crazy. i thought they were a fishy gimmick(chub hub) but they seem to work which opens up a whole floodgate of conversion options. speaking of. anyone ever own a chub hub?
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