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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 11-17-09, 10:25 PM   #1
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Converting Road Bike to Fixed Gear/Singlespeed

Well, for the past two nights, I have been researching on how to convert my 12 speed road bike to a fixed gear. I think I give you guys a summary. Could you guys tell me if this is right and I should follow through with this. Well, I should buy a new crank, remove the cassette and shifting ****, buy a cog,buy a new chain, buy a lock ring,buy spacers put all that **** on, then keep the brakes. I have a fixed gear... I have heard that I need a new rear tire, but I have seen people convert mountain bikes/bmx bikes with singlespeed. by the way, I have vertical dropouts.
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Old 11-17-09, 10:26 PM   #2
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All you need technically for a fixed gear conversion is a new rear wheel with a track hub and a cog. And the removal of all the gear stuff (derailers mostly)
All the other stuff can stay........

BUT if you get 700c ****(if it isnt already) and want to use a brake you would need new brakes that reach low enough.
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Actually, I'd rather than spend money on a new tire, expensive...
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tires have nothing to do with it, its the way your wheel/hub stuff is built.
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So, I don't need a new tire and I can just go through with what I explained to you guys in the first post?
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Tires and wheels are different. For fixed you need a fixed hub... the thing in the middle of your wheel. The tire is what goes around the rim of your wheel. So you would need to buy a new rear wheel, or new wheelset. However with vertical dropouts, you'd have to get a white industries eno hub? And those are cheap. So keep your gears if you don't want to spend money.
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BUT if you get 700c ****(if it isnt already) and want to use a brake you would need new brakes that reach low enough.
I am going through my first conversion, and today installed my new/used (thanks to scrodzilla) wheels. I'm noticing that very thing with my front brake. Are there brakes specially made for this with a lower reach? If so, any ideas about which ones to get? I also though of filing down my current brakes so the pads can sit lower, but that might be a pain.
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So, I don't need a new tire and I can just go through with what I explained to you guys in the first post?
Hey,

I am not sure if you have seen this site yet, but my guess is no since you are considering converting your road bike with vertical drops to a fixed.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/fixed.html

please give the site a good look over, and you'll realized what a pain vertical drops are when converting. Not impossible, but not easy.

good luck
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Old 11-18-09, 09:54 AM   #11
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Yeah, your first step is to get a better suited bike or be prepared to spend more money and/or time than it is worth converting.
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Yeah, your first step is to get a better suited bike or be prepared to spend more money and/or time than it is worth converting.
Hey we all learn this the hard way.
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I'm noticing that very thing with my front brake. Are there brakes specially made for this with a lower reach?
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BUT if you get 700c ****(if it isnt already) and want to use a brake you would need new brakes that reach low enough.
Done
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12-speeds are generally 700c aren't they?
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12-speeds are generally 700c aren't they?
my roomates 12spd sports 27in tires.


as already mentioned, a proper conversion on a bike with vertical dropouts is quite expensive (trust me, i just did one) i would make it a normal single speed and enjoy the simplicity.
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Oh wow, that's a trip. Learn something new every day I guess.
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Oh wow, that's a trip. Learn something new every day I guess.
imagine my confusion when i helped him get new tires...
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I am going through my first conversion, and today installed my new/used (thanks to scrodzilla) wheels. I'm noticing that very thing with my front brake. Are there brakes specially made for this with a lower reach? If so, any ideas about which ones to get? I also though of filing down my current brakes so the pads can sit lower, but that might be a pain.
Just get "long reach" brakes, any shop or bike website should have them. Here's a cheap front one:
http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=8350
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Oh wow, that's a trip. Learn something new every day I guess.
Yeah a lot of older, pre 1980's bikes have 27in tires. I know my '71 Schwinn does (but it's 700c now).
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Just get "long reach" brakes, any shop or bike website should have them. Here's a cheap front one:
http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=8350
Thanks, I'll have to get something like those.

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I have a crazy idea....

Why not clean the bike up and keep the gears, go to the classic and retro pages on roadbikereview.com's forums and you will soon love your old geared road bike and forget about these fixed bikes.

If you want a cheap fixie, get a motobecane from bikesdirect.com, it'll be cheaper than converting (if you do it properly) and you will end up with a much nicer bike much sooner.

Post a photo of the bike you currently have to let us see if it is worth pouring money into making it a slower more tiring and less useful bike than it's current 12sp setup.
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