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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 03-26-08, 09:34 PM   #1
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i have a 20t freewheel...is it ok to use a 17t fixed on the other side? I thought someone said 3t difference is ok on the chain
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wouldn't you want your fixed side to be larger...? I don't understand, someone 'splain.
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1 tooth moves the axle ~1/8 inch. If you have the dropout, go for it.
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wouldn't you want your fixed side to be larger...? I don't understand, someone 'splain.
i want the bigger freewheel so i can climb and just commute...i will use the smaller (harder) 17t fixed for goin around town and just long flatter stretches
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ok, i get it, you'll just have to move the axle farther back when you switch to fixed - i had an idiot moment and forgot you could do that. i was picturing a bunch of slack in the chain from going down in size.
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