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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 07-16-08, 03:14 PM   #1
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noob conversion

I have a SS conversion I'd like to make a FG.

The bike used to be an 18 speed, but the original owner removed 5 of the 6 rear gears on the Shimano cassette, and 2 of the three gears on the crank, and BAM! a fixie.

I'd like to mess around with a FG bike. I've read Sheldon's site, and if I read correctly, all I need to do is remove the cassette from the hub and screw down a fixed gear (locktite / lock ring / etc.) And will probably have to tweak the location of the gear on the crank to line up with the fixed gear, right?

Is this correct? just looking for a thumbs up before I screw everything up.

(I know I could get a new flip flop or fixed hub, just looking to do it cheap, figure out if I like it, then beg the wife for the financial outlay )

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Old 07-16-08, 04:39 PM   #2
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if it's a cassette you can't screw anything on cos a cassette slots on and is held by a lock ring. you'll need a new hub/wheel.
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if it's a cassette you can't screw anything on cos a cassette slots on and is held by a lock ring. you'll need a new hub/wheel.
It's a triple and a 6 speed on the rear. I can guarantee you it's not a modern "cassette". (3x6=18).
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I have a SS conversion I'd like to make a FG.

The bike used to be an 18 speed, but the original owner removed 5 of the 6 rear gears on the Shimano cassette, and 2 of the three gears on the crank, and BAM! a fixie.

I'd like to mess around with a FG bike. I've read Sheldon's site, and if I read correctly, all I need to do is remove the cassette from the hub and screw down a fixed gear (locktite / lock ring / etc.) And will probably have to tweak the location of the gear on the crank to line up with the fixed gear, right?

Is this correct? just looking for a thumbs up before I screw everything up.

(I know I could get a new flip flop or fixed hub, just looking to do it cheap, figure out if I like it, then beg the wife for the financial outlay )

Thanks,

philski
You are attempting to build a suicide rear wheel. Guess why it's called that. Go save up $100 and buy yourself a real track hub/wheelset.
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