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Old 05-15-10, 08:50 PM   #1
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Katakura silk big problem

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
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Old 05-15-10, 09:02 PM   #2
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1mm? I'd just file it.
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Old 05-15-10, 09:10 PM   #3
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Thanks, I was hoping not to have too do that. Can powder coating be reapplied to the area I file?
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You are filing your dropouts, which is where your wheel axle is going be and it will be scratched a lot by the nuts. Why bother keeping them nice and clean?
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no, the frame will be doomed for ever.
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Old 05-15-10, 09:19 PM   #6
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Okay I am being anal. It's new too me. Like a new born....lol. I am gonna file it tomorrow. Thanks all for your help.
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Old 05-15-10, 10:03 PM   #7
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Yeah, actually, I think it looks better to have a strip on the dropouts that isn't painted, this looks cleaner than the nuts inevitably scratching the paint all up.
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Old 05-15-10, 10:04 PM   #8
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Like this...
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Old 05-15-10, 10:12 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 05-16-10, 12:14 AM   #10
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Start slow. End slow.

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Damn, that is a nice frame, why not sell it so that someone can have a nice road bike and you can use the funds to buy a Kilo TT?
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Old 05-20-10, 08:42 PM   #12
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This is true but not many people in the Chicago area even know what a Katakura silk frame is or how special it is. Most people would just want to give me $100 at most.
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