Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

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)

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-22-06, 03:45 PM   #1
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 12
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Fixed hub options?

Hi Folks,

This is, I suppose, a philosophical question:
I'm converting an old frame to a fixed gear. I'd like to keep the simplicity of a pure fixed gear hub, but remain true to the cheapness of a conversion. It seems that all of the cheap wheels are fixed/free flipflops. Is there a cheap (under $100) option for a simple fixed wheel?

I suppose I could just remove the cartridge and put in spacers and a lockring, but that doesn't fit with the simplicity deal, to me.

schorschi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-06, 03:50 PM   #2
King Among Runaways
hyperRevue's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: MKE
Bikes: 2004 Bianchi Pista, Cannondale Track, Soma Pake, Schwinn Breeze
Posts: 4,215
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Why dont you want fixed/free flipflips?
"I owe everyone an apology" - hyperrevue
hyperRevue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-06, 04:10 PM   #3
don't pedal backwards...
MacG's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Minneapolis
Bikes: Surly Long Haul Trucker set up for commuting and loaded touring, old Sekine road frame converted to fixed-gear, various beaters and weird bikes, waiting on the frame for my Surly Big Dummy build
Posts: 754
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If you really want to retain ghettoness, just get a cheap flipflop and tape over the freewheel threads on the other side.

I also don't understand why you can't just use a flipflop and ignore the extra threading. Formula makes a great simple high flange flipflop hub with cartridge bearings and nice track nuts. I think they go for around $50 or so. For a small fee, I am willing to take any typical aluminum flipflop hub (formula, etc) and machine off the freewheel threading to give you a simpler looking hub. Seriously.
MacG is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:26 PM.

  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.