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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 11-18-11, 06:47 PM   #1
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Convert current CrossCheck or get a complete ?

I am floating two options

Convert CC to fixed

Things I need:
dropout adjusters (I bought the bike used)
shorter chainring bolts
fixed rear wheel, pre-built with a 130mm Surly hub from Handspun
fixed cog with lockring

Should run about $200, from TreeFort Bikes.

or

Buy complete

NOS Specialized Langster for about $450 shipped or pickup Wabi in Downtown LA for about $800 plus or other NOS fixed.

Other considerations, I live in apartment. One bike will have to go to storage. Or current wheel will go to storage. Current cranks are 175mm and I am worried about tagging them on turns.

Not really a true dilemma, but slow work day and I am trying to figure out ways to waste money!!
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Old 11-18-11, 08:26 PM   #2
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convert the CC. they're awesome and versatile bikes
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Old 11-18-11, 08:30 PM   #3
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Skip the Surly Hub. It is pretty simple to respace other hubs and you wont have to deal with a Surly hub

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Old 11-19-11, 04:58 AM   #4
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get a CC. You'll have more options
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Old 11-19-11, 10:18 PM   #6
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surly hubs are garbage
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Old 11-19-11, 10:52 PM   #7
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Anyways, opted for plan B. I found NOS Paddy Wagon's for $431 tax free and free shipping. Hope to get it in a couple of weeks.
I figured I can keep the CrossCheck for sustained hilly rides and do my flat rides with the PW.
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^best outcome.
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surly hubs are garbage
Incorrect...surly hubs are very good hubs, they just aren't idiot-proof
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True, but it is still very easy to screw up the bearings when setting the "cones". I had one and eventually sold it because why the hell did I have a cartridge bearing hub that needs adjustment like a loose ball hub?
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