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Old 12-20-08, 08:07 PM   #1
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Suggestions on how to turn my rims into flip flops?

First of all....hello to everyone in this forum.
Today I picked up an old 85 58cm Raleigh 10 speed. I'm gonna convert it to a fixie. I already bought my bull horns, but now i need help with the rims. THe wheels are standard 700c. The hubs are 36h. The question is....should I try to find a set of rims with a flip flop rear or should I re-lace the back wheel? Were is a good place to find a hub? I've heard my friend say that you can use bmx hubs, but could someone point me in a direction or a recommendation?
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Old 12-20-08, 08:31 PM   #2
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You need to cut a section of the rim out that is slightly longer than the sole of your foot.

Then ad a y shaped strap that will come from between your toes and to either side of your foot.

Then you will have a pair of rim flip flops.
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Old 12-20-08, 08:33 PM   #3
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If you're replacing the hub, you need to buy a track hub, one that has the thread for the cog, plus a smaller thread cut in the opposite direction for a locking ring - your bmx hub doesn't have that.

Any bike shop should be able to get you a hub. Any wheel builder will be able to get one for you.

BUT, are the rims worth it?

It's often cheaper to go looking for a set of track wheels. Ebay, craigslist, even shops - the wheels on my son's track bike were bought, brand new but at half price, from a bike shop that was clearing wall space for new season's stock and I just happened to ask the right question at the right time. The frame came from a similar source, in this case, only one bloke in the shop remembered that old track frame covered in dust in the back of the store room. The wheels on my Europa were built specially for my be a local wheel builder, but built to the pathetic budget I had at the time.

It never hurts to walk into a shop and just ask.

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Old 12-20-08, 08:41 PM   #4
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Your easiest solution is buying fixed rear wheel from your LBS, Craigslist or Ebay.

If you really want to save the extra $$ by converting the old hub than this is a good place to start:
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/fixed-conversion.html
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by rims, do you mean tires? if so:
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If you're replacing the hub, you need to buy a track hub, one that has the thread for the cog, plus a smaller thread cut in the opposite direction for a locking ring - your bmx hub doesn't have that.

Any bike shop should be able to get you a hub. Any wheel builder will be able to get one for you.

BUT, are the rims worth it?

It's often cheaper to go looking for a set of track wheels. Ebay, craigslist, even shops - the wheels on my son's track bike were bought, brand new but at half price, from a bike shop that was clearing wall space for new season's stock and I just happened to ask the right question at the right time. The frame came from a similar source, in this case, only one bloke in the shop remembered that old track frame covered in dust in the back of the store room. The wheels on my Europa were built specially for my be a local wheel builder, but built to the pathetic budget I had at the time.

It never hurts to walk into a shop and just ask.

Richard
Thank you for the advice Richard. Did that today. Walked into a couple of shops, but no hits on any of them. I tried Craig's and ebay, but nothing so far. let me look into the "track hub" and see what I an find.
Cheers Mate!!
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^ did you ask the shops what they can order? Most shops don't stock track wheelsets.
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^ did you ask the shops what they can order? Most shops don't stock track wheelsets.
I did. No one claimed to have a single rear available and they told me they could only order sets.
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