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    converting rear wheel HED 3 to front

    So i found rear hed 3 650c road wheel on ebay and i wanted to know if it would be possible for me to convert it to a front wheel to use it for my fixed gear. ive read other forums but im not too sure. i heard it wouldnt work if it was a cassette, but would work if it had a screw on block. i dont know what a screw on block is though. heres some info from the guy selling--"The wheel does not include a skewer or cassette. This wheel is a clincher. 8/9/10 speed compatible." So would it be possible and what would i need to do it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
    I actually just run calipers. Levers are for scrubs.

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    post a picture of the hub on it

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    Hmm I don't think it's possible last time I checked. I think I started a thread about this too! Anyhow I ended up completing my hed 3 set with one that was on CL for a price too good to pass up.

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    if you can swap the rear hub for a front hub hen yes, it is possible, but i don't think this is possible on such a wheel.
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    A standard fork spacing is 100mms, the spacing on a 9+ speed hub is 130mms. So no.

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    loosenuts in atlanta had a converted HED3 sitting there for a while... how it was converted i cant really say.

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    Possible? Yes. Many things are possible and I can see how it might be done. Practical? No freakin way
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    spread your fork. but seriously, don't bother trying to jerry rig anything on your wheels. it is just not safe.
    Keepin' it real, while keepin' it safe

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    it IS possible

    i have done it with an older specialized trispoke, with a threaded hub.

    you need this:

    http://www.hedcycling.com/wheel-acc/...Track_Axle_Kit

    if the hub is threaded, that kit is what you need

    if it's a freehub, i don't think it's possible without serious modification

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithtran25 View Post
    "The wheel does not include a skewer or cassette. This wheel is a clincher. 8/9/10 speed compatible." So would it be possible and what would i need to do it?
    That means it has a cassette Freehub, as opposed to a screw on freewheel. http://www.sheldonbrown.com/free-k7.html

    Unless the hub is swappable (highly unlikely) I think it's a rear-only wheel. Just hold out for an actual front.
    Why "derailer" is the correct way to spell the gear-change mechanism: sheldonbrown.com/derailer.html

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    I know its a step above common knowledge, but its only one to know that 9speed freewheels dont exist and thread on freewheel to "freehub" converters are silly and dont really exist much

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    I would sell it if you don't need it and save up for a proper front wheel.

    Or you could keep it, save up even more and use a dual HED 3 setup (although I'm not sure if/how you could throw a fixed cog or freewheel on)

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    Quote Originally Posted by homebrewk View Post
    Or you could keep it, save up even more and use a dual HED 3 setup (although I'm not sure if/how you could throw a fixed cog or freewheel on)
    This comes to mind:


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