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    Eschew Obfuscation! enduro's Avatar
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    Ghetto fixie!

    This forum finally got to me... this afternoon I took my beater rigid steel MTB that I use to get around campus, and fixed it...I just took off the derailleurs, shortened the chain, and picked a gear combo that gave me a straight chainline. I took apart the cassette hub and reversed one of the pawls, so hub now will not rotate. The bike has vertical dropouts, and the tension was a little bit loose, so I put the rear derailleur (with mods) back on as a tensioner. I know this isn't ideal, but it's good enough for me.

    As for the ride...this is my first fixie so it was a pretty different experience riding it. The tensioner gives a little bit of play when changing from acceleration to deceleration, and the hub rotates just a little back and forth. It's definitely fun to ride Plus it's probably the ghetto-est fixie ever! Haha...if anyone knows of competition, post away!

    I'll post pics tomorrow if anyone's interested.


    Total cost of project: $7 for the bike at a police auction...didn't need any other parts.
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    It'll probably be ok, but I would suggest keeping the brakes on it. And of course we want to see a picture.

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    errg

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    How much is a 'bit' of play? 3/4 inches?

    I've got about a half inch, myself....

    errg is seconded. Followed by a sigh.

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    Awesome. Don't die. Awesome.

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