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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 05-30-10, 01:58 PM   #1
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some rear wheel issues/questions

I have a fuji touring bike converted to a ss (has a horizontal dropout so I don't need the deraileur thingy to tension the chain). I run a 32/16 and love high cadence.

I have another road bike converted to ss and it has a higher gear ratio and I wanted to put in a larger rear cog to make the same 2:1 ratio. I was wondering about doing a flip/flop because I enjoy the "training" from the higher gear ratio but for longer rides I like the ease of a lower gear ratio. Can one do a flip/flop - both ss. I know you can do one ss and one fixed (which I have no interest in doing) but can you do both flip/flops as ss?

With my Fuji, I find that when I tighten the quick release in order to keep the hub from slipping forward when hammering my wheel doesn't spin easily. Also, hard to line up the wheel so that the rim doesn't rub against the brake pads or the tire against the chain stay.
I am using 35mm Schwalbe Marathon Supremes. Add in the fenders I can't seem to get the hub with the skewers into the drop out.

I am thinking that this Fuji conversion was a mistake. Perhaps a bike really dedicated to ss is a better idea..........I am pretty frustrated
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1. If your QR affects the spin of your hub, you need to adjust your cones properly. Also, I'd reccomend a Shimano or Campy QR to ensure that it doesn't slip.
2. If you're finding it difficult to line things up, a bolted axle can make things easier as you can tighten the drive side to get the chain tension right, then do the left to get the wheel position right.
3. Big tires and fenders don't always play nice. You can fit wider fenders if your frame will allow, adjust the fender position, or go with narrower tires. Or, if everything fits once it's in, you can deflate the tire, install the wheel, and then inflate the tire again.
4. Surly sells free/free hubs in 135mm. You may be able to swap the axle to fit your frame or cold-set your frame to fit the hub.

Good luck!
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1. If your QR affects the spin of your hub, you need to adjust your cones properly. Also, I'd reccomend a Shimano or Campy QR to ensure that it doesn't slip.
2. If you're finding it difficult to line things up, a bolted axle can make things easier as you can tighten the drive side to get the chain tension right, then do the left to get the wheel position right.
3. Big tires and fenders don't always play nice. You can fit wider fenders if your frame will allow, adjust the fender position, or go with narrower tires. Or, if everything fits once it's in, you can deflate the tire, install the wheel, and then inflate the tire again.
4. Surly sells free/free hubs in 135mm. You may be able to swap the axle to fit your frame or cold-set your frame to fit the hub.

Good luck!
wow!
Thanks for the help.
You sure know your stuff.
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Any flip flop hub can take 2 freewheels (the "fixed" side of the hub just has and extra inverted thead to fit the lockring), but if you don't have a chain tensionner and there's a difference of more than 2-3 teeth between your freewheels, you might have chain length problems.
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