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Suitable frame for fixie conversion?
I'd been looking for a suitable frame for converting into a fixie. I'd been looking for a frame that took 700c wheels and that was lugged. It didn't have to be in mint condition because I felt I'd quite like to repaint it anyway.
I found this on ebay:
It's the right frame size, I've currently got a 63cm trek 370 from 1994 (the first year they tig welded) and I like that a lot but it has vertical dropouts. The BB and HS need replacing, the BB is a 68mm English type. The rear dropout has a 126mm spacing.
Would it be ok to file off all the extra stuff off the frame such as gear bosses and cable routing etc? I'd really quite like to have a smooth frame.
What do people think about using this frame as a basis for a fixedgear conversion? Do I need longer dropouts for the rear wheel? These ones look pretty minimal to me and I'd prefer to not have to use a singleator. I read on sheldon brown's website about some fixed hubs that have some adjustment in them too. Does anyone have any experience with these?
Would a wheel with 120mm spacing be ok? I'm guessing with 6mm you can squeeze the frame tight. If so what do people think about this rear wheel:
Thanks for help and advice,