I am new here but have frequently viewed all the great helpful hints. Well now I have my own problem and I hope someone has a fix for me. I have a Katakura silk frame the serial number is: KE06165. I don't know the frames vintage. I wanted to turn the bike into a fixie. But I have a problem with the rear dropout sizing. The wheels I bought are 9mm front axle and a 10mm rear axle Velocity deep v's. The rear dropout will not accept the 10mm rear axle. I just had the frame powder coated and really don't want to file the dropout. Does anyone know of a fixed or single speed hub that has a 9mm axle? Or any idea on how to convert a formula type hub to accept a 9mm axle? Also my dropout spacing is 126mm. I love the frame it is so light, and strong. Thanks in advance. Bob
This will be a pretty simple job, but be careful and don't get impatient... you can't put material back, and you will feel really stupid later if you **** something up. I would only file the bottom of each dropout, and maybe make or find a 10mm thick rectangular object that you can easily check your work with along the entire length of the dropout. Just putting in the wheel to check will be a pain in the ass compared to popping in something small, and you won't be able to easily check one dropout at a time.