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Old 05-17-06, 05:46 AM
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Hubs Flip/flop

currently I ride a singe speed 46/16 twice a week in training rides and I seem to enjoy it immensly.

I am considering a flip/flop hub.

What ARE THE ADVANTAGES VS. DISADVANTAGES.

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Old 05-17-06, 06:01 AM
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what a silly question... advantage: you can change the gearing by flipping obviously
disadvantage: you have to flip to change the gearing
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Advantages: Riding fixed is awesome. You will score more chicks.
Disadvantages: Cost? But you can get flip-flops for pretty cheap. And having a fixed-fixed hub is no limitation, you can thread a freewheel on the fixed side of a hub no problem.
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Originally Posted by boroSS
what a silly question... advantage: you can change the gearing by flipping obviously
disadvantage: you have to flip to change the gearing
wooo

I understand that part, some clarity with verticle drop-outs can you still use a quick release? or is better not to.
maybe I am a little dense on this subject matter, being a roadie for years i want to try something different
so what is the best way to go? s/s, flip/flop, fixed gear what are pros, and cons
should be a wealth of informationon this site, and yes I have checked Iro, sheldon, Van Disel ect.
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Originally Posted by Aeroplane
Advantages: Riding fixed is awesome. You will score more chicks.
Disadvantages: Cost? But you can get flip-flops for pretty cheap. And having a fixed-fixed hub is no limitation, you can thread a freewheel on the fixed side of a hub no problem.

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I am an old guy 54, scoring with chicks would defiantly be a cool factor but the wife would get pretty pizzed.

riding fixed what gear do you suggest or is it a preference
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Gearing

Hey,
I'm not as experienced as many on this board, but I did set up my two fixies recently and had to address the gear question. I prefer looking at a gear inches chart as the numbers have come to have some meaning for me. I live in an area with a fair number of hills and part of my decision was made on my ability to get up some of them. A gear inch around 70 turns out to be a good all round gear for me. Go higher if you like low revs and lower if you like to spin. Paradoxically, going downhill can be a limitation of the lower gear inches especially if you are running no or one brake. Finally, where you ride and your riding objectives are important. I'm commuting, so I need to get to work not covered in sweat. After work I ride my fixie for training and will flip to a higher gear. Finally, the limitations of flip flop hubs are a hassel factor. The easiest set up is to run the same gear fixed and freewheel. That way you can flip the hub and not have to adjust your brakes and chain. Hope this helps,Frogge.
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I've heard it's not a good idea to have a quick release on the rear hub. If it comes loose you may lose the chain and all hell breaks loose.


AAAAARRRRGGGGGHHHHH!. I want to pull the trigger on a fixie so bad but these dern things called "bills" keep popping up. Wife discovered I'd paid off my car so she says "Great! Now you can pay off mine."

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Originally Posted by HAMMER MAN
I understand that part, some clarity with verticle drop-outs can you still use a quick release? or is better not to.
You have vertical dropouts? You'll need an eccentric hub or use the magic gear ratio calculator.
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Oh, sorry, I thought this was about hip hop flubs.
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Originally Posted by bbattle
I've heard it's not a good idea to have a quick release on the rear hub. If it comes loose you may lose the chain and all hell breaks loose.


AAAAARRRRGGGGGHHHHH!. I want to pull the trigger on a fixie so bad but these dern things called "bills" keep popping up. Wife discovered I'd paid off my car so she says "Great! Now you can pay off mine."

your wife looks really young in that photo.
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