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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 05-08-06, 09:24 PM   #1
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My first fixed. What should I do?

I just got two bikes an early 90s Cannondale, and an old motobecane. I have not decided witch one I want to convert yet I was most likely going to put a flip-flop hub on it. Is it best to get shorter bolts for the chainring to convert the crank; what do I do if the sprocket and chain ring donít line up? The moto has horizontal dropouts but the Cannondale does not how do I go about converting this (with out buy some $150 hub?) [White Industries]

Thanks for the help guys I canít wait to get this bike going.

Ps I just got my new Kona Unit and it is awesome!
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Old 05-08-06, 09:29 PM   #2
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The Cannondale is going to be a *****, especially if you don't want the ENO hub.
Either you try the "magic ratio" or you do it fixed.
Basically, the answer is the motobecane.
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the answer is to read this http://sheldonbrown.com/fixed-conversion.html

then figure out if french sizing or vert. dropouts are a bigger PITA
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Old 05-08-06, 09:42 PM   #4
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yea the (sheldonbrown.com/fixed-conversion.html) helped alot what do u mean by "french sizing or vert"???
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Don't underestimate the amount of info on this man's site:

http://sheldonbrown.com/velos.html
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Don't underestimate the amount of info in preceeding posts.
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yea the (sheldonbrown.com/fixed-conversion.html) helped alot what do u mean by "french sizing or vert"???
french threading... finding bottom brackets, headsets and stems and sometimes chainrings and pedals for old french bikes can be a huge PITA since the French decided to have their own set of threading standards

vertical dropouts are a huge PITA when it comes to converting a bike to fixed. you're going to have to find a magic gear ratio, or use the ENO.

decide which is the smaller PITA
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Sell both, get something better for conversion.
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magic gears:

http://eehouse.org/fixin/fixmeup.php

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