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How do I convert a fixed gear hub to singlespeed?

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Old 07-24-09, 08:04 AM
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How do I convert a fixed gear hub to singlespeed?

Hello All,
I have a Vuelta fixed gear rear wheel on my bike and it has a 15-tooth cog on one side and a 16-tooth cog on the other. Both sides are fixed so there is no freewheel.
While I do love riding a fixie, I would occasionally like to use a freewheel and so my question is this:
Can I simply buy something like a Shimano bmx freewheel and replace the fixed cog on one of the sides of my hub or do I need to shell out for a new hub altogether?
I've read many posts about converting a freewheel hub to a fixed one but couldn't find one about converting from fixed to free.
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My understanding is you can actually just put a freewheel on one side, and not use the lockring. Generally speaking, there is more than enough thread there.
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Good to know!
Thanks for the quick reply.

I'll give it a go and post the results here.
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you can certainly put a freewheel on a fixed gear hub.

no need to post results. tellin ya right now, it works.
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Yup, it works just fine. There is no reason to not buy a fixed/fixed hub.
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