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database of magic gears, precise chainstay lengths for vertical dropouts?

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Old 05-23-07, 05:15 PM
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database of magic gears, precise chainstay lengths for vertical dropouts?

I'm almost done (I hope) with a cheapo conversion of an old Univega hybrid into a single-speeder (and maybe-someday-fixie). While I've found some great info here (Thank you.) and on the web, one thing my searches haven't turned up is a database of working "magic gear" combos for frames with vertical dropouts. Eric House's FixMeUp! table generator is super for narrowing things down, but it seems to need a crazy-precise chainstay length measurement to get the chain tension right without a pile of cogs, chainrings, and time.

Is there such a database out there? ...or does its nonexistence suggest that not enough people would find it handy?

p.s. Yah yah, I know I should just go find a yard sale frame with horizontal dropouts or get a fashionable Pake or something, but I like this frame, and I'm having fun setting it up. (: I know I'm not alone...
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Old 05-23-07, 05:54 PM
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good idea

make one
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if you're talking about a database with frame models, sizes, etc. there are too many out there for a database to be practical.

the calculator's very accurate, you just have to measure carefully.
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fix me up.

google that, you oughta find a gear calculator.
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