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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)

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Old 07-12-03, 05:36 PM   #1
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trackstanding and a nubie question or two

turned my old lotus triomphe into a fixie two days ago. first off what a rush, it really does make you feel the bike. anyways i had the brilliant idea to practice track stands in the parking lot...with look pedals. happily i wisened up midly after planting my self into the pavement once, so I moved onto the grass. for the next half hour i practiced in the middle of the town common, falling on my ass about every 5 minutes because i was clipped in, all the while smiling like a maniac which im thinking a good portion of the town believed i was as i continued to keep falling over
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one wheel out of true but thats an excuse to learn how to true a wheel
im able to do a track stand for about 20 seconds
total and utter obsession with my fixie

question, how do i keep my rear wheel in line? just rely on the bolts or should i see if i can reinstall the screws in the dropout?

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um, why are you practicing while clipped in? ... that's just silly.
get some tennis shoes for that kind of stuff and just step down when you lose your balance. you should never have to fall while practicing.

not sure what you mean by keeping the wheel in line...
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Some rear wheels do "pull over" or twist in the frame when you ride a fix. If the dropouts are drilled for adjusting bolts, there's nothing wrong with using them. If the threads are messed up, better quality shops will have the taps to clean up the threads. Install the adjusting screws backward with the slot for the screwdriver pointing out the back so you can tighten them down on the axle. Some better quality track nuts or serrated nuts might work better. That ought to keep your wheel "in line".

I posted a link to a website for . Go to "How To" section for info on track stands.
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serrated nuts should hold the wheel straight for you. the adjusting bolts will help you line it up initially, but won't hold the wheel in place. you could try chain tensioners (the kind that pull the wheel back by the axle, not that other kind), but i odn't know how well they work with forward facing dropouts.
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