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Old 07-23-08, 08:59 PM   #1
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flip flop road bike hub?



this is the hub on my motobecane messenger





and this is teh hub of my old road bike.

is this a flip flop road bike hub? i sure as hell hope so
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Old 07-23-08, 09:42 PM   #2
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Yep, that's a flip flop hub
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Old 07-23-08, 09:45 PM   #3
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so just flip the wheel, put on cog and lock ring and i haz a fixie? <--- i hate that word .

this might save me some $$$$ on a new wheel set
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Old 07-23-08, 09:48 PM   #4
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I suggest removing the 5 speed freewheel as well. That is going to be a few pounds of dead weight.
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Old 07-23-08, 10:19 PM   #5
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yeah i plan on doing that. itd look funny with the gears on the left side LOL.
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Old 07-23-08, 10:58 PM   #6
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I would suggest cleaning the ever living shi* out of that first though!
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Old 07-23-08, 11:11 PM   #7
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I would suggest cleaning the ever living shi* out of that first though!
oh i will. it was $5 at a garage sale. i saw it, and was like, meh, $5 isnt anything and bought it. it isnt even my size. i ride a 64cm and this is a 57cm lol.
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dang 5 bucks! good score! no tensioner, wheel maxed out and look how saggy the chain is! haha. pull that cassette off clean the wheels and frame up, and get urself a cog/lockring and ull be rollin! post before and after pics so we can see how awesome it comes out!
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dang 5 bucks! good score! no tensioner, wheel maxed out and look how saggy the chain is! haha. pull that cassette off clean the wheels and frame up, and get urself a cog/lockring and ull be rollin! post before and after pics so we can see how awesome it comes out!
yeah for sure. i war riding it single speed on the 5 speed side, the chain is loose because teh wheel isnt on there. its just chillin.
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I had a hub like that on an old Free Spirit 10-Speed. The threading was there to hold a disc brake rotor, but it works as a fixed hub too.
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im so excited lol. this is gonna save me some $$$$, not that i dont have the money for a wheel set, but im gonna be able to ride this bike today after work
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normally ride a 64 and you got a 57... gonna need a 2 foot seatpost on that sucker. =P
i found an old schwinn thrown outside of a house in the keys about 2 months ago. i didnt pick it up bc it looked like it was in the 60+cm. we coulda traded.
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I had a hub like that on an old Free Spirit 10-Speed. The threading was there to hold a disc brake rotor, but it works as a fixed hub too.
They put disc brakes on Free Spirits?
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...pull that cassette off clean the wheels and frame up, and get urself a cog/lockring and ull be rollin!
that's a freewheel, not a cassette (i.e., get the right tool).
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normally ride a 64 and you got a 57... gonna need a 2 foot seatpost on that sucker. =P
i found an old schwinn thrown outside of a house in the keys about 2 months ago. i didnt pick it up bc it looked like it was in the 60+cm. we coulda traded.

LOL if you ever find it again, LMK!
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just saw this on HT but i'll respond here instead. =P
since you took off the cog/lockring from the motomess, i guess youre not riding it?
that looks like a great lock-up bike... nothing flashy for a thief to want to take off with it.
i will say to remove the hideous multi-speed freewheel from the other side.
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just saw this on HT but i'll respond here instead. =P
since you took off the cog/lockring from the motomess, i guess youre not riding it?
that looks like a great lock-up bike... nothing flashy for a thief to want to take off with it.
i will say to remove the hideous multi-speed freewheel from the other side.
the gearing is CRAZY tall lol. im either going to get a new cog for this bike and put the cog back on my motomess, or get a crank set and front gear *i dont know the term * for the beater bike.

ill clean it up and paint it some time. no hurry

oh, and the motomess is rocking the SS freewheel right now. but no chain, as its on the beater .
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Powercoat, brillo pad, work the wheel, and then craigslist for $200.
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Powercoat, brillo pad, work the wheel, and then craigslist for $200.
you think?!!?

i might do that. not sure yet. i like it because i have lots of friends that have wanted "try" riding fixed but cant fit my 64cm lol. i might keep it, i might not.
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you think?!!?

i might do that. not sure yet. i like it because i have lots of friends that have wanted "try" riding fixed but cant fit my 64cm lol. i might keep it, i might not.
wtf?! keep it! you havent spent a dime on it yet (other than the cost of purchase $5). get a new chain (for your motomess) and clean this sucker up.

you'll have a spare bike that cost you next to nothing to put together.
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wtf?! keep it! you havent spent a dime on it yet (other than the cost of purchase $5). get a new chain (for your motomess) and clean this sucker up.

you'll have a spare bike that cost you next to nothing to put together.
you're right dude LOL. it isnt hurting anyone, so why get rid of it
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can you still ride backwards?

can you still ride backwards if you put a flip flop hub ona fixed gear? and does the flip flop hub make a bike idle like a bmx? basically like "cruise" ina sense ? i want to know if i can benefit by using a flip flop hub for tricks but still want the freedom of riding backwards.

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can you still ride backwards if you put a flip flop hub ona fixed gear? and does the flip flop hub make a bike idle like a bmx? basically like "cruise" ina sense ? i want to know if i can benefit by using a flip flop hub for tricks but still want the freedom of riding backwards.

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A flip flop hub just means you can have two different gears on each side of the wheel. One side fixed one side free or fixed fixed. So if its on the fixed side you can go backwards. Its just like a single fixed gear. And if you take the wheel off and flip it around and then you have a free wheel = no backwards or if its another fixed gear then backwards as well if you want. But its its just a regular flip flop its probably best to put a freewheel on because its made for that unless you like the suicide hub thing.
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yep. my motomess is set up as fixed/free
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