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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 04-22-10, 05:32 PM   #1
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gearclamp

I came across this in DIRTRAG. It looks like a simle solution to making a Shimano freewheel a single speed.

http://www.gearclamp.com/
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Old 04-22-10, 05:37 PM   #2
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Thats Ghetto Fabulous.!!!
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I wonder how well those will hold up.
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I guess it's simpler than using spacers... i guess.
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Is it just so you don't need a cassette tool or chain whip?
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Yeah go to the web site and read the testimonials that's what one of the people said.
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At $25 a pop, I think I'll still be buying spacers. GearClamp doesn't seem to have any advantage: looks no better than spacers, weights about the same (or more?), and introduces an impossible to measure, tiny-miny aerodynamic drag.
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However, they did give me an idea: maybe using sturdy hose clamps and rubber bands (to better adhere to the splined freehub body) one could improvise a similar solution for fraction of the price.

I'll try to do that this week-end, and post pics here.
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Thats Ghetto Fabulous.!!!
Ghetto is right. Though it probably works well enough, it has kind of a jerry-built aesthetic. I'm not much of a weight weenie so a few grams isn't going to matter to me. But looking at a cog that is visually clamped to the naked spline wouldn't instill me with confidence. Plus it seems like the spline would fill with dirt and gunk and generally look like crap. Probably why that website was light on images.

Still, another option for conversion is a good thing. Especially if your not an aesthetics Prima donna like moi.
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