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Originally Posted by RonnieLott
the drop outs look similar if not the same as the ones on youre "1986 Nishiki Sport 10 speed" if that helps...no digi cam.
From what I can tell, the dropouts on that Nishiki are horizontal. If your bike has the same dropouts, you'll be fine for conversion. "Horizontal" dropouts aren't usually 100% horizontal, they're slanted so that the wheel can "drop out." Perhaps you are confusing them with rear-opening "Track Ends," which are dead horizontal, open to the rear, and are found on track bikes and many frames designed to ride fixed in the road. For a lot of people, track ends are preferable for fixed gear bikes. Personally, my only fix is a conversion with drop outs and it works great for me.
Track Ends, Good:
Horizontal Dropouts, Good:
Vertical Dropouts, Bad:
A question for the assembly: Why are drop-outs used for road bikes and track ends used for track bikes? I can only assume it has something to do with tensioning a chain in a single-speed drivetrain?
Last edited by PunctualAlex; 06-15-07 at 04:40 PM.