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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 10-19-06, 09:33 PM   #1
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conversion q's

is it very difficult to convert a roadie into a fixie/single gear?

do I just thread on a freewheel where the cassette was? (for single)

will i run into chain allignment issues?
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Old 10-19-06, 10:44 PM   #2
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yea, well, just use the search and 50000 threads of the same question will come up. but if u want an answer now. no it's not difficult. u might need a new rear wheel with a fixed hub. then just add the cog/lockring or freewheel. the alignment depends on the bb length. i've never had a problem with the standard bb's out right now and the 120 mm spacing in the back. u might have to use more spacers.
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Old 10-20-06, 05:49 AM   #3
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Summary: To go SS, you just need to thread on a BMX freewheel if it's an old-style wheel, or spacers and a cog if it is more recent. To go fixed, you will probably need a new rear wheel.

In either case, if you may need to do some parts-swapping (BB's, spacers) to get proper chainline.
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Old 10-20-06, 07:53 AM   #4
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Does your road bike have horizontal dropouts?
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I think so, I havent taken a good look at it.

its a 1976 olmo that a friends dad is giving to me, I want a single gear bike made out of it.
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yea, well, just use the search and 50000 threads of the same question will come up. but if u want an answer now. no it's not difficult. u might need a new rear wheel with a fixed hub. then just add the cog/lockring or freewheel. the alignment depends on the bb length. i've never had a problem with the standard bb's out right now and the 120 mm spacing in the back. u might have to use more spacers.

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research those sheldon brown links then come back and ask more specific questions if need be
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