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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 07-18-10, 06:27 AM   #1
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Is it possible to install steel inserts into the aluminum track ends of my frame?

I've got a fairly old aluminum track frame which was made in the days before track ends came with steel inserts. The track ends have therefore become quite gnarled, enough that one of the two rear wheels I own will slip no matter how much I tighten it down. I'm wondering if I can take the frame to a professional (metalurgist?) and have the track ends fitted with steel inserts so that the wheel bolts have something better to hang on to. Anyone done this before?
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