Originally Posted by peterockindy
I have a really quick question about fixed gear conversions. One thing I am curious about is how solid is a fixed rear wheel in a horizontal drop out. I am about to purchase two complete nishiki olympic bikes. I am going to build myself a fixie out of one of them and keep the other as a beater or build my special lady friend a s/s bar hopping bike. I am pretty hard on bikes and I have images of laying on the ground with a rear wheel that has pulled out of the drop out due to me cranking too hard on the pedals. I dont have to worry about this on my san jose. Is there anyway to stop this from happening or this an irrational fear? Does anyone make a horizontal drop out chain tensioner? (which has nothing to do with my question, just a side thought). Any help would be much appreciated
All track droppouts are horizontal. When was the last time you heard of a properly mounted rear track wheel coming loose?
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