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    Cheap steel hub okay for fixing?

    I've got a mid-80s schwinn very basic 10 speed I'd like to experiment with fixing. It has cheap pressed steel hubs. Anyone foresee any problems (esp. safety issues) with converting this hub/bike to fixed gear? I'm not looking for this to become a serious bike, just an experiment, but I don't want to kill myself in the name of curiosity.

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    do a search on 'suicide hub', that should give you a bunch of info.

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    With thanks for the suggestion, I'll go ahead and end this thread by pointing others to the two most informative threads for newbies re "suicide hub":
    Help Understanding Cog & Lock Ring

    suicide hubs- basic question

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    You should be fine if you can just thread a track cog on to the hub. Just keep a brake on it. When you realize that riding fixed is better than anything else (and you will), you will go out and buy a proper track hub or wheel set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynikal
    Just keep a brake on it. When you realize that riding fixed is better than anything else (and you will), you will go out and buy a proper track hub or wheel set.
    I would recommend two brakes. And then second what Cynikal says about the level of enjoyment and what should be done. Get a true streettrack/fixed wheelset if you like the ride.
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    Originally Posted by CynikalJust keep a brake on it. When you realize that riding fixed is better than anything else (and you will), you will go out and buy a proper track hub or wheel set.
    That's what I had in mind - I can do this for basically free, ride it around the neighborhood a few times, then give it up or take the plunge.

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