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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 08-11-08, 12:35 PM   #1
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fixie noob: fixie with vertical drop out possible?

I picked up an old LeMond frame for $20 in pretty decent condition at a local yard sale and wanted to build a fixie. I noticed that it had a vertical dropout after i read up on Sheldon Brown's fixie link. and wished i never picked up this frame.

but anyways, i came here to ask the guru's themselves... would it be possible to build a decent yet cheap fixie with this?

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Get one of these:

http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/white-hubs.html

Be sure to read the rest of Sheldon Brown's articles. They'll get you going in no time.
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or try to find the magic ratio

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I picked up an old LeMond frame for $20 in pretty decent condition at a local yard sale and wanted to build a fixie. I noticed that it had a vertical dropout after i read up on Sheldon Brown's fixie link. and wished i never picked up this frame.

but anyways, i came here to ask the guru's themselves... would it be possible to build a decent yet cheap fixie with this?

thanks in adanvce.
Sell it on CL and buy something with horizontal dropouts or trackends. I'm sure you can easily make 100%-200% profit if it's really in decent condition.
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cool, thank guys for the quick responses!
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How big is the frame? I might could take it off your hands.
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i havent measured it but it seemed like a 55cm frame.. heres what the bike looks like (note: not mine in the pic)... he got his to work with a half link... is this safe?



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Those aren't vertical dropouts, they are just short. That frame will work fine, especially with a halflink. You just probably won't have enough adjustment to do a flip flop with different sized cogs.

Build it up and have fun on your new bike.
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Those aren't vertical dropouts, they are just short. That frame will work fine, especially with a halflink. You just probably won't have enough adjustment to do a flip flop with different sized cogs.

Build it up and have fun on your new bike.
oh really? cool!

what would you suggest for the cogs? brands and sizes? i have no clue where to start.
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i also had a question about the rear wheel. all i need to do it find a rear wheel for fixed bikes and a cog?
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