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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 12-20-08, 09:43 PM   #1
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Single to Fixed help!

Hi there. I just purchased a single speed bike today from a friend thinking it was a fixed gear. This bicycle is for a friend for Christmas; he wants a fixed gear. To be honest I know nothing about bikes or even how to start to convert it. Here are some pictures:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...2/DSC_0041.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...2/DSC_0042.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...2/DSC_0043.jpg
What I would like is some links to products I will need to do this. I have looked at the sheldon site but I honestly do not understand. If you can help me get this gift ready I will be extremely happy!

Heres a picture of the bike in full.
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...2/DSC_0044.jpg

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Old 12-20-08, 09:50 PM   #2
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Old 12-20-08, 09:51 PM   #3
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you can either get a new hub and get the wheel rebuilt, get a new rear wheel with fixed hub, or do what is called a "Suicide Hub" using loctite or jb-weld.
ps: why no brakes on a SS bike?
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okay i think the new rear wheel would be easiest. if i do that i just put that on and everything will be kosher? sorry for the newbieness but bicycles aren't my thing. (:

and i know i was confused as to why no brakes either.
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okay i think the new rear wheel would be easiest. if i do that i just put that on and everything will be kosher? sorry for the newbieness but bicycles aren't my thing. (:

and i know i was confused as to why no brakes either.
yep. new rear wheel + fixed cog and lockring and everything will be good. Make sure that the hub is a Fixed hub on the wheel. If not, then you will be in the same situation. Look for formula hub, they are probably the best performance/price for a hub being run on the street. Get a bike shop to install the cog/lockring if you dont know what you are doing though. You want your friend to be safe, right?
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thanks man. any idea how much this will run me? i went to my local bike shop and they said they could do it for 90 bucks or so. is that reasonable?
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how much did you pay for the bike?
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125$ i payed for the bike
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thanks man. any idea how much this will run me? i went to my local bike shop and they said they could do it for 90 bucks or so. is that reasonable?
for a new wheel, 90 isnt _bad_ not great either. Just for reference, a new, pretty good wheelset can be had for ~150 from ebay. so that is $75. Ask what rim/hub they are using. Maybe you can get a different combo for cheaper.
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okay. great man thanks! glad i got some nice response without being flamed. (:
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buy a back wheel that fits your bike and have a fixed gear on one side and a bmx freewheel on the other. might want to invest in some brakes as well
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lmao...brakes may be a wise decision.....
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If the bike shop quoted you $90 for a fixed gear conversion, it is def. worth it. A decent rear wheel with a fixed hub will cost you about that same price, and most will not include the cog/lock ring.

http://cgi.ebay.com/27-ROAD-BIKE-TRACK-FIXED-GEAR-BICYCLE-REAR-BACK-WHEEL_W0QQitemZ370101505654QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCycling_Parts_Accessories?hash=item370101505654&_trksi d=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50 That is the cheapest wheel I could find on ebay with a fixed gear hub on it. $100 shipped, and that does not include a cog or lockring. With a cog and lockring, you are looking at around $130.
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