Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: santa clara, CA
Bikes: 1979 motobecane fixed, 2002 GT LTS-3 street stomper
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really nice job,...I love those old (real) chicago schwinns (are you getting a honey brooks saddle to go with that bar wrap?)
I was always told that as long as the rear wheel doesn't slip it's good, but I like to get it centered in the dropouts, looks like you have it in there about as good as it's going to get tho.
also don't forget that a brand new chain will stretch a little right away, so I'd ride it around a bunch, hopefully after the first chain adjustment you'll be dead center in the dropouts without changing anything further.
you can also try different chainring/cog combo's or use a half link or two in the chain to get the axle as centered as possible in the dropouts, but I don't think it's a problem unless you start getting axle slip when you skip stop, or backpedal.
my brand new GIANT BMX chain was silent right away, maybe you have some grit or something in there? try cleaning the chain, then lube it and see if it doesn't shut up. your chainline looks really good too
smart to wait on a brake too
, and don't let anyone "tease" you into thinking otherwise, we just had a cyclist die in a traffic accident here in santa cruz, CA.
there are no real details except the cyclist and a fed ex truck were at the same place at the same time, the cyclist was riding a fixed gear bike with no brakes that he had purchased only a few days prior, the cyclist took a long fall from an overlook type highway and after the incident the cyclist died a few hours later from his injuries.