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Help a beginner out with a rear wheel!

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Old 07-22-09, 05:38 PM
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Help a beginner out with a rear wheel!

Okay, so i recently acquired a bike in bad shape that i want to turn into a ss rig. I have everything except for a rear wheel and brake. I would like the rear wheel to be a fixed/freewheel, but i would like to purchase a wheel that already has a freewheel on it. Can you guys help me pick out a wheel that I can use a 13t fixed and a 13-15 tooth freewheel with, and help me find the lockring bolts and cogs? I basically want the rim to be complete except for tire and tube. My rear spacing is about 5 inches(127mm) and the axle thickness is 9.5 to 11.11mm. I should mention this is a Sears Free Spirit bike so it doesn'tahave to be a very nice wheel...

Sorry for all of the specifications but I am very new to this and it all confuses me!
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How many teeth on your chainring? are the wheels 27"?
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Bikeisland.com or bicyclewheelwarehouse.com
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Old 07-22-09, 09:25 PM
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How many teeth on your chainring? are the wheels 27"?
The chainring is 39 teeth and yes, 27 inch wheels

But since it has horizontal dropouts don't I have to figure out a ratio that will be good for chain tension and whatnot?
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Originally Posted by beneathmiskin View Post
The chainring is 39 teeth and yes, 27 inch wheels

But since it has horizontal dropouts don't I have to figure out a ratio that will be good for chain tension and whatnot?
With horizontal drops, you can adjust the chain tension by moving the rear axle forward/backward. You'll just have to determine what chain size when you have that on there.

700c wheels also work in frames built for 27". They are slightly smaller, but its not a huge deal. 700 wheels are much easier to find.
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Oops I man vertical dropouts!
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well a few things of note... you have a 126mm rear spacing. you can buy a 120mm rear wheel and put it in there just fine, or you can get a couple 3mm washers on each side if you really care (but that little bending isn't going to hurt that frame)

you probably aren't going to find a wheel that already has a freewheel on it, but they are very easy to install, you just thread it on by hand... as you pedal it will tighten

freewheels commonly come down to 16 teeth. 15 is out there, but not so common. anything below that is unable to be made with the necessary freewheel mechanism.
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Oops I man vertical dropouts!

looks like your up **** creek without a paddle then
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Originally Posted by beneathmiskin View Post
Oops I man vertical dropouts!
The only options to run ss on vertical droputs are magic gear, eccentric hub, or chain tensioner. Looks like you wouldn't be willing to spend the money for the eccentric hub, and magic gears are only good until the chain stretches. Unless you plan on running fixed gear, i would suggest just getting a chain tensioner. It may not look cool but it will be the easiest/most effective way of maintaining tension.
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i think we are getting things confused...

i don't believe that there is a Sears Free Spirit in the WORLD with vertical dropouts.
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Originally Posted by wearyourtruth View Post
i think we are getting things confused...

i don't believe that there is a Sears Free Spirit in the WORLD with vertical dropouts.
truth.

Pics of the dropouts to be safe?

maybe confusing horizontal dropouts with track ends?


Horizontal


Vertical

Assuming horizontal, any cheap wheel will work (the links posted above are money. unless you want to deal with CL.).

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go to your LBS. a lot of times they have old wheels from road bikes that they'll give you for 25-40 dollars with a freewheel, most of the time.
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Originally Posted by djeucalyptus View Post
truth.

Pics of the dropouts to be safe?

maybe confusing horizontal dropouts with track ends?


Horizontal


Vertical

Assuming horizontal, any cheap wheel will work (the links posted above are money. unless you want to deal with CL.).


you ared correct, its a weird horizontal dropout

image thing wont work, so : http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/3764480/

so does this mean i wont have to worry about chain length too much?
what if i got a flip flop wheel, but i wanted the fixed side 13t and the freewheel side 15t? is that possible? can i adjust chain length according to which side of the wheel i use?
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Originally Posted by beneathmiskin View Post
you ared correct, its a weird horizontal dropout

image thing wont work, so : http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/3764480/

so does this mean i wont have to worry about chain length too much?
what if i got a flip flop wheel, but i wanted the fixed side 13t and the freewheel side 15t? is that possible? can i adjust chain length according to which side of the wheel i use?
bump it like its hot
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ha well hate to be the bearer of bad news, but while those *are* vertical dropouts, you still can't run fixed on that bike, for a different reason: those are "stamped" dropouts, as opposed to "forged," and they can't handle the backwards pressure that running fixed puts on the frame, they'll be ripped off the stays if you ever use the drivetrain for stopping.


i mean you could run fixed with two brakes and never apply back pressure to the pedals, but what's the fun in running fixed if you have to do that?
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looks like i will not be running fixed on that bad boy!

what if it were welded? would that do anything? I would just buy a new frame but i think my parents hate the thought of me getting a 3rd bike in 4 months...
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