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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 01-13-05, 11:47 PM   #1
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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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Old 01-14-05, 12:02 AM   #2
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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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Old 01-14-05, 12:03 AM   #3
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Old 01-14-05, 01:00 AM   #4
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How much is a 'bit' of play? 3/4 inches?

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

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Awesome. Don't die. Awesome.
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