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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 06-30-12, 11:02 AM   #1
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Machined Rear Wheel?

Getting ready to buy the wheelset for my first FG build. I'm planning on running it as a fixed gear, and am wondering if there's any reason to get a machined rear wheel. I'll be running a front brake so the front wheel will be machined, but I have a choice between a machined or non machined rear.
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Old 06-30-12, 11:03 AM   #2
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If you ever want to run a brake in the back, you can, otherwise, there's nothing different.
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Old 06-30-12, 11:06 AM   #3
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matching is essential
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A machined rear wheel is much more versitile. I would get it, unless you find a compelling reason not to.
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I'd get the rear wheel without machining. Matching is for people who think inside boxes, not true artists. But really, I think it looks ugly to have machining on a rear wheel without a rear brake, unless the wheels are silver, then you can get away with it.
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it depends on how vain you are
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