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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 07-20-08, 03:37 PM   #1
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Cost effective way to build up a fixie

Right now I have a single speed bike, it used to be a 18 speed but two of the three crank rings were removed and 5 of the six cassette rings were removed and replaced by spacers

I know I could just replace the rear hub with an appropriate fixed hub, rebuild the tire, and be done with it. But eventually I'd like the whole bike to be replaced piece for piece as I see fit to build a much nicer bike than the cheap Craigslist bike I have now (which don't get me wrong, gets me where I want to go). So if I bought the wide hub for this bike, eventually when I replace the frame I'd have to buy a new hub. Yes, I know I'm cheap, but I have two kids, which are not...

So I suppose maybe I should just go ahead and track down a track frame? My frame is aluminum so unfortunately bending it to accommodate a narrower hub is not an option. I could move over all the other parts from my SS to the new frame.

Or is there a third option out there I'm not seeing?

Just looking for some thoughts. Thanks,
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Old 07-20-08, 03:53 PM   #2
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nashbar hubs and many formulas can be spaced to 130 and then back down to 120. Whether a track frame will ever be better for you is another issue entirely.

Also I assume you have horz dropouts and aren't using a chain tensioner.
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Old 07-20-08, 04:15 PM   #3
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Correct, horizontal dropouts and no tensioner. Running 48-17 atm.

Thanks for the info on the Nashbar hub.
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Old 07-20-08, 04:26 PM   #4
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i'd get a decent formula/mavic cxp 22 rear wheel.the formulas come as flip/flop hubs with one fixed and oe freewheel side.you can still use this wheel when you upgrade to a track frame.
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Old 07-20-08, 05:08 PM   #5
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go to CL and buy all my stuff.
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