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Fixie Conversion: Early 90's Specialized Crossroads?

Old 04-01-06, 02:53 AM
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Fixie Conversion: Early 90's Specialized Crossroads?

I've got a base package Specialized Crossroads from the early 90's sitting my garage and I'm wondering if it would be a good candidate for a fixed speed conversion. I want to completely replace both wheels and tires, strip all the non-essentials off and keep the front brake for a little until I can learn to brake without it a little better.

Is this a good bike to convert to fixed speed? Has anyone here done this or heard of anyone doing this with this specific model? Any advice specific to this model or the coversion would be much appreciated.
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You might mail this guy off FGG. I dunno, i really like the way this one came out.

http://fixedgeargallery.com/2005/aug...ewBenardis.htm

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are the dropouts vertical or horizontal? vertical - no, without a lot of hassle and or expensive hub. horizontal - yes.
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Originally Posted by trons
are the dropouts vertical or horizontal? vertical - no, without a lot of hassle and or expensive hub. horizontal - yes.
Could you explain to me what that means? I am a total noob to this stuff.
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http://www.sheldonbrown.com/singlespeed.html#vertical
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they are vertical.
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42 x 16 is the preferred gearing and by shear luck I wasn’t forced to swap out the vertical dropouts for fork ends. With a half-link
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Originally Posted by jacobpriest
42 x 16 is the preferred gearing and by shear luck I wasn’t forced to swap out the vertical dropouts for fork ends. With a half-link
I have a Rockhopper with 42x16 that was perfectly snug when I set it up with a half link. 5 months later with campus and errand riding being the majority of what I do it seems to have stretched much more significantly than I can attribute to normal chain wear. Experienced anything similar?
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