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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 01-18-05, 09:26 AM   #1
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"Drew's Adaptor" on eBay

Has anyone tried this?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ayphotohosting

Any opinions?
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Old 01-18-05, 09:38 AM   #2
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No good for fixed I'm affraid. The cog would unthread itself in an instant, but even if it did have proper fixed threads, the adaptor would unthread itself from the hub just as quick. Usefull for a SS freewheel though, but why not just use a 6/7 speed one and take some cogs out?
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Old 01-18-05, 09:53 AM   #3
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You might try this instead :

http://www.surlybikes.com/parts/fixxer_pop.html

I haven't tried it, but it might work. It at least has fixed threads.
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Old 01-18-05, 10:00 AM   #4
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You might try this instead :

http://www.surlybikes.com/parts/fixxer_pop.html

I haven't tried it, but it might work. It at least has fixed threads.

I thought that only worked with Shimano cassette freehubs, not older freewheels?
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Old 01-18-05, 10:03 AM   #5
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The only reason for this adaptor would be if you could not redish your wheel.
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Old 01-18-05, 10:10 AM   #6
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I thought that only worked with Shimano cassette freehubs, not older freewheels?
I dunno. It's been so long since I rode anything but fixed... Just another adapter I'd seen...
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Old 01-18-05, 10:42 AM   #7
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You might try this instead :

http://www.surlybikes.com/parts/fixxer_pop.html

I haven't tried it, but it might work. It at least has fixed threads.

I haven't tried it, but it seems to me that the fixed threads would be no use: they would keep the cog on the fixxer itself, but the force of back-pedaling would just unthread the fixxer (since it is not secured w/ a lockring and reverse threads). Is there something about the fixxer I am missing that makes it work better than I think it would (I've been wondering this for a while, actually)?
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I think that's the thing about it fitting on a cassette - there aren't threads. It slides over a spindle thingy with little ridges that keep it from moving. I think...
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I think that's the thing about it fitting on a cassette - there aren't threads. It slides over a spindle thingy with little ridges that keep it from moving. I think...
You are right. These things work fine if you need to convert something and don't have cash for a new wheel. They are a bit heavy, but do the job.
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Old 01-18-05, 11:00 AM   #10
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Yeah - The Fixxer fits over the splined thing a freehub body fits on. You screw it down with an 8 or 10mm allen, I can't remember.

I put a fixxer on an old Spinergy wheel a while back, but since it doesn't space the cog out far enough, and has no provision for chainline adjustment, it doesn't really work. Seems as if you need to put it on and then re-dish your wheel to get chainline right, which is of course impossible with Spinergy.

Works with Shimano or Shimano-like freehub body hubs.

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Hmm... I imagine the Drew's would work, but it's probably not for on the street unless you use a brake or two. Plus, as it says in the listing, you'd only want to use it for a disc or something else you can't redish. However, provided it's on there nice and tight, I don't think it would "spin itself off immediately." In fact, I'm guessing that if you torque it down enough, you could skid with it, although it does add one more thing to fail if you're riding like that.
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Hed makes a similar track adapter. You can find it here (scroll down to the track axle conversion kit).

I e-mailed them. Apparently, no provision for a lockring. I quote:
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There is not a lockring thread, since the adaptor just threads onto the hub it will not help to lock the cog on the adaptor.
For people like me, with un-redishable wheels, this is a viable alternative to just living with a noisey chainline.

Cost is $35 from hed. I guess not so bad if I loctite the adaptor on (or JB weld!), then use a BB lockring.
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Old 01-18-05, 11:35 AM   #13
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Fixed gear seems like too many problems. The most basic is the material, aluminum. I feel like the force genereated from back-pressure would strip the whole mess in an instant. But I could be wrong. I will also add the other comments about no lockring, good for single speed, etc.
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yeah the fixxer simply takes the place of the freehub body, so off comes the ratchet and on goes a simple fixed aluminum cog holder... it does bolt into the hub body with a 10mm allen. i had some issue with it on an older xtr hub, where splines or "star" of the hub didnt match up quite right with the matching cutout of the fixxer, so the fixer rotated a little even fully cranked down which made me fearfull that a good skid would destroy a fine hub. the fixxer will not work with the old freewheel cassetts like "drews adaptor" is made for.
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Old 01-18-05, 11:54 AM   #15
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So to sum it up for me, if my LBS will redish my old freewheel-based wheel for less than $50, Drew's Adaptor (buy it now $45 plus $5 shipping) really buys me nothing but an additional point of failure?
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Old 01-18-05, 12:22 PM   #16
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I think you hit the nail on the head.
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Second that.
edit. Plus you get a stronger hub/wheel from redishing.
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Not to bring back an old thread, but I just noticed these on eBay, did a search here and found this thread.

Do you guys think this adaptor would work if everything was JB welded together -- adaptor to hub, cog to adaptor followed by a BB lockring? I just can't redish this one wheel as far as I need it (spokes will come unscrewed from nipples).
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Not to bring back an old thread, but I just noticed these on eBay, did a search here and found this thread.

Do you guys think this adaptor would work if everything was JB welded together -- adaptor to hub, cog to adaptor followed by a BB lockring? I just can't redish this one wheel as far as I need it (spokes will come unscrewed from nipples).
for the price of this "adaptor", you could buy yourself a real track hub.
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This would be good for someone with a carbon fiber road wheel like some others have mentioned. This adaptor is alum. and so would the hub that it is meant to scew onto, so if it were me (I am a welder and own a tig, mig, and oxy & acyt) I would tack weld the adapter onto the hub after it was screwed on. I am sure that you can have any welder do it for you as well for a very low price (10ish bucks?). But that would only really be benefitial if the adapter was machined for a lockring, but you know.......I do have a lathe as well........hmmm.......I think I have to find myself some cheap road disks.
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