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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 01-27-07, 01:38 AM   #1
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single speed question: rear wheel

i have a few old road bikes i want to turn into single speeds but i dont wanna spend the money on a new wheelset...whats the cheapest/easiest way to get them on the road...it would be nice if i could use the 27" wheels they came with...and i have one with 700's on it...any help would be appreciated...thanks
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Old 01-27-07, 02:27 AM   #2
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respace, redish - but be careful of bottoming out the spokes, slap on a bmx freewheel.

Have a look at fixedgeargallery.com/wheels
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dont even have to redish, you can flip the chainring to the inside of the crank spider and put a lockring behind the singlespeed freewheel. it wont be perfect, but if you keep the chain tension up, itll work fine.
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yep I agree - replace the freewheel with a BMX single cog freewheel and see how it goes. Redish if necessary. It helps if the hub is older and you're pulling off a 5/6 speed. I did that on an old wheelset, works fine.
Something like this:
http://www.niagaracycle.com/index.php?cPath=242
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The least amount of work is to just remove the derailers, and find the combination of ratio and chain line, and shorten your chain to fit it.
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