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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 10-18-08, 11:43 AM   #1
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What Size Frame? and How to Make it Fixed?

Hey, I'm trying to build a fixed gear right now and I'm not sure what size would suit best for me. Do you like your fixed gear bigger or smaller? I'm around 5'8" to 5'9" and I'm getting mixed messages from people. I've emailed numerous people on craigslist trying to get their opinion on whether their bike(s) would fit me. But they always contradict each other. I have an old murray road bike that is about 51 or 52" to me it feels comfortable. But people have told me it's perfect size and others say it's too small.

Also, I've read that you can get a bmx cog and that will make it a fixed gear? Is that true? Is there any other ways of making it a "fixed" gear? Thanks alot, jen
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Old 10-18-08, 11:52 AM   #2
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Old 10-18-08, 11:54 AM   #3
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Old 10-18-08, 12:08 PM   #4
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Old 10-18-08, 02:28 PM   #5
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oh jeez sorry! yeah i know it's a stupid question, but I've already looked at sheldonbrown, and I am still confused. It talks about different cogs that you can use, but i just want to know what's the best way. If you know what your doing, why can't you just give a little advice ?
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Old 10-18-08, 02:51 PM   #6
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ok being another newb in these forums and assuming that you dont know theres a search bar:
find a decent road frame (steel)
make sure the back dropouts (where the wheel axel goes) is horizontal.
strip off all the derailers and crap
i would suggest just finding a place selling complete moderately priced track wheels since it seems you dont know too much about this stuff and have a shop install the cog/lockring
put it in yr house next to yr bookshelf and talk about the "zen" of riding or whatever and always bring up your fixie in casual conversation.
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Old 10-18-08, 07:58 PM   #7
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just sent you a message....check it out and contact me direct if interested....I realize that images of people holding their heads in their hands in some above posts isn't the most helpful info a new person needs...I think we sometimes forget that we were all starting out once.
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Old 10-18-08, 08:00 PM   #8
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I would just bail your project. Your frame is crappy and a bit to small anyways. Just save $500 and you can get a nice fixed complete bike and once have that you can update and learn more, then move on from there.
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man-o-man. reading retention is lacking, OP
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