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)
View Poll Results: Do you ever flip your flip flop.
Yes all the time
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Never
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Do you flip your flip flop.

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Old 02-09-09, 11:46 PM
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Do you flip your flip flop.

I never used the freewheel side of my wheels, too much of a hassle to get out a wrench and get my hands dirty, I also have never found a good reason to flip it.
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Old 02-09-09, 11:58 PM
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If I had brakes,maybe.But I dont so it would be dangerous. Also am happy with my gearing too,I dont really need a bailout gear in Florida,too flat.
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Old 02-10-09, 12:23 AM
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fixed/fixed, one for commuting, other side for work out/races
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Old 02-10-09, 12:38 AM
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Fixed/fixed, 42:16/15, lower gearing for all around fun and spin practice, upper gearing for rides.
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Old 02-10-09, 11:40 AM
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42/18 on both the fixed and free sides. It all depends on how many hills I'm riding that day.
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Old 02-10-09, 11:48 AM
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I don't like to flip wheels. That's why I have separate bikes for FG and SS. If it's going to be a long hilly ride I'll take the SS and not hassle with flipping wheels, either at the beginning of the ride or during mid-ride.

The dedicated SS is loaded with all the safefy devices, such as dual brakes....
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Old 02-10-09, 12:13 PM
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I've never threaded anything onto my 'free' side, maybe if I decide to try my Rob Roy at some SS riding but right now I've no plans to change.
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Old 02-10-09, 12:17 PM
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My cog and freewheel are both 16t and I don't have any need to coast, so there's no reason for me to flip it. I'm thinking about stepping up to a 52t chainring and a 17t cog and either leaving the freewheel at 16 or looking for one of those 15 tooth freewheels so I have the nice reasonable fixed ratio for everyday use and a steep freewheel ratio for just going balls-out with the speed and not having to worry about any of the dangers specific to riding a fixed gear fast.
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Old 02-10-09, 12:42 PM
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i took the freewheel off ages ago. im thinking about taping and rethreading the freewheel side so it can be a fixed fixed because the side that has my cog on it has a bent flange. its on the beater pista so its not a problem that im to concearned with but the chainline is so whacky and its been destroying my bottom bracket.
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Does 1 tooth on the rear cog make THAT much of a difference? I went from 46/16 to /17 a while ago just for more skid patches for when I occasionally skid but I couldnt really notice anything different. Do you all really notice it?
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Old 02-10-09, 01:06 PM
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I have a fixed/free rear hub, never have gone free except for the first time I rode.
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Old 02-10-09, 01:33 PM
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1 tooth in the back is equal to roughly, 3 up front ? Flame me if im wrong...
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Back when my bike was Single Speed I was using one of my old wheels that wouldn't accept a track cog. Since I got my new rear wheel and fixed cog, I haven't used the freewheel size, or even threaded a freewheel on there, but I could if I wanted to.

Regarding the "One Tooth Difference" yes, I went from a 16t to a 15t and could really feel the difference. But I liked it, so I've stayed with the 15t (42t on the front).

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Old 02-10-09, 01:54 PM
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Occasionally. I used mine for SSCX. I rode fixed to the race, flipped it for the race, flipped it back to fixed to ride home. Also in Tahoe, I climbed the Brockway grade fixed and then flipped it for the sweet coasting down.
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Old 02-10-09, 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by B:H Pusher View Post
im thinking about taping and rethreading the freewheel side so it can be a fixed fixed because the side that has my cog on it has a bent flange.
How does one do this? I always prefer riding fixed so the freewheel side of my hubs are useless as far as I'm concerned. Can a hub be rethreaded for use with a lockring? If I were to buy a new unlaced rear hub it would definitely be fixed/fixed.
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Old 02-10-09, 11:36 PM
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I have not flipped my wheel since I went for my first fixed ride last week! (I have only had my bike for 2 weeks). I don't think I will either. I love riding fixed. There is a much greater feeling of control...at least to me.
 
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Old 02-11-09, 03:48 AM
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Seriously, go fixed/fixed and find two cogs you like. It's fun, gives you options, and lets you stay fixed
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Old 02-11-09, 04:25 AM
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I want to keep my knees, so freewheeling.
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Old 02-11-09, 07:18 AM
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The main benefit of a flip/flop is so you can flip your wheel mid-ride, which I can't remember ever having to do, so its not that important to me.

Virtually all of my riding involves distances over 10 miles (usually a lot more) ridden at a fairly aggressive pace. On my Rob Roy commuter, I flip my wheel exactly twice a year...45/16 (fixed) in the summer, 45/17 (free) in the winter. On my Bareknuckle I run 49/16 (fixed) in the summer and 49/17 (fixed) in the winter, but on that bike I use the Miche cog/carrier system so I just change the cog rather than flip the wheel.

Mechanically speaking, a one tooth difference in the rear isn't much but its noticable and compensates for the the denser colder air, more clothing, and dirtier roads that slow you down in the winter.

My Redline Monocog has several wheels that get flipped and exchanged all the time depending on the trail. Some trails I ride 34/17 (fixed) and others I ride freewheel with gear ratios ranging from 34/15 to 34/20.
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Old 02-11-09, 08:50 AM
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I voted never - I don't own a freewheel and I doubt I'll ever want one for single speed.

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Old 02-11-09, 11:08 AM
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I really only use the freewheel side for the random group ride with roadies so I can atleast keep up on the downhills. 42/17 all around, I live in mountains.
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Old 02-11-09, 11:47 AM
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The only reason I bought a flip flop is cause I can afford to make a mistake once. Hope I never strip a hub again.

Fixed/fixed. You can run a freewheel on a fixed hub, so I don't see why there is a freewheel only side...
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I've been riding fixed for a few months now. I never ride freewheel, as I don't have one on my flip flop hub. I don't like the look of it anyway, and I don't run a brake. Coasting feels weird to me now.
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42:14 fixed/18 fixed I use the 14 on the day to day rides and the 18 for touring.
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Originally Posted by MajorMantra View Post
I don't own a freewheel and I doubt I'll ever want one for single speed.
That was my view during the first dozen years of riding fixed. Then one day out of the blue I bought a freewheel. Now I have a separate ss bike.

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