I'm considering getting a fixie as both an around the town bike and a travel bike that I can fold up and avoid extra airline charges. I have a few questions, since I'm new to fixies and ss.
Can I put a 16 sprocket on the fixed side, and a 13 on the freewheel? I don't have my gear ratio figured out yet, but I see fixie frames have fore/aft sliders that would help accommodate for any changes in the drive train length. My reasoning is that if I wanted to go around town, I can use the fixed gear side. and for longer rides, and faster corners with full lean, I'll need the coasting. If possible, I'd get freewheel on both sides, because fixed gear doesn't really interest me, but I don't think they make those kinds of hubs..
another question I have is for anyone who have any experience with S&S couplers. is there a way to make the damn things cheaper??? I mean there's got to be a machine shop that does custom jobs like this for cheap. It's just a couple of welds and some threads. I can't imagine something like this would cost $500+ simply because the market is small. I ride a size 58 cm. maybe I can get away with a suitcase by stripping the frame down.
any input is appreciated.