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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 11-17-08, 06:46 PM   #1
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completely new help :)

My friend from school built a fixie and let me and a couple others try it and i fell in love. I was amped to build one (even though i lack any knowledge about building a fixie) and visited another one of my friends for an old frame. The frame I got from him had vertical dropouts which i now learned make it more difficult to put together. What are some easy ways to use this without getting a new frame or buying that special ENO eccentric hub?
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chain tensioner, i but i read they allow the chain to skip teeth when back-pedaling
eccentric bottom bracket
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chain tensioner, i but i read they allow the chain to skip teeth when back-pedaling
I wouldn't run a tensioner on a fixed gear.
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Old 11-17-08, 07:55 PM   #5
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tensioner+fixed=trouble

Magic gear is really your best option if you can't afford an ENO hub.
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Old 11-17-08, 07:59 PM   #6
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chain tensioner, i but i read they allow the chain to skip teeth when back-pedaling
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http://www.eehouse.org/fixin/formfmu.php
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Old 11-17-08, 09:07 PM   #8
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yep. You can run a tensioner if you go SS, but not Fixed. Your best bet might be magic gear, but i'd shop around for another frame.

oh, and it's going to cost more than you think (I'd have some sticker shock after my build, if it wasn't so much fun to ride).
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if you want fixed, your choices are.


1. buy a new frame
2. weld on new dropouts.

i'd go with number one.
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you can run a fixed with vert dropouts with a little effort.

I have a 15 and a 17 rear cog, and a half link. I have never not been able to fit one of these with the vert drop outs. Right now I am running 42-17, and as the chain stretches, at some point I will need to drop the half link and swap to the 15.

Not a big deal. You could do this too.
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