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Old 05-04-11, 08:18 PM
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New to Fixie Questions

Hello BikeForumers, I have just accquired a cheap roadbike for 40 dollars which comes with a 10 speed aluminum 27" freewheel. I went to my LBS and they suggested I should invest 150 dollars on a new rear wheel...

Would it be more economical for me to just buy a flipflop hub and rebuild my rear wheel using the parts from my original freewheel (I intend on using my Fixie to do trackstand and short daily commuting)

Also, would it be wise to get the "track" chain over the regular one? Any advice is appreciated
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Old 05-04-11, 08:29 PM
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It would be more economical and make the most sense to buy a cheap rear wheel already built with a flip flop hub. I could get you a 27" rear wheel with a generic track hub and a 16t cog/lockring for around 50 bucks (which means your lbs can too). The chain you use really depends on whether the cog you'll be using is 3/16" or 1/8".

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Cheaper solution:

If your wheel are not a problem, you can go single speed.

If your new to fixed and single, I'm guessing that you've never tired a fixie

most people don't like fixie and got to geared.

You can screw on a BMX freewheel and get a 1/8 chain, remove a chain ring and slam it all together. I did, I love my 10 speed convert.

Also, fixie is the expensive road to go.
For a fixie, you NEED toe clips or clipless
for single speed, you don't
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If your LBS wants you to put out $150, I say put in an extra 100 and buy a complete track bike on bikesdirect.com
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Originally Posted by BotByte
fixie is the expensive road to go.
This is a really good point that doesn't come up too often. You can make any complete geared bike into an SS from $10-$20. A fixed gear is much more expensive because it almost always involves buying a new rear wheel.

If you get a new wheel, just go for a 700c if your brake pads can move down 4mm. Your tire choices will be a million times better.
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Originally Posted by FastJake
This is a really good point that doesn't come up too often. You can make any complete geared bike into an SS from $10-$20. A fixed gear is much more expensive because it almost always involves buying a new rear wheel.

If you get a new wheel, just go for a 700c if your brake pads can move down 4mm. Your tire choices will be a million times better.
I splurged and spent $40 on a new 1/8 chain, new tappered crank bolts, freewheel, and freewheel removal tool.
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Originally Posted by BotByte
new tappered crank bolts
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you shouldn't pay more than 100 for a rear fixed wheel.
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla
the bolts that hold on the chainring. It's nice to have some that actually fit to the rings.
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aka chainring bolts.
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla
aka chainring bolts.
yeah but these are tappered...
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yeah but these are tappered...
They need to be tappered to fit the rings dude..
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God, It's like children tossing around a flat ball.

The bolts
to a crank
to hold a chain ring on
to crank
which is tappered
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god i love this pic... making me laugh pretty hard atm...
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Originally Posted by BotByte
God, It's like children tossing around a flat ball.

The bolts
to a crank
to hold a chain ring on
to crank
which is tappered
It's like you almost know English, but not quite.

I'm pretty sure tappered isn't a word. Tapered doesn't even make sense. After all these posts, I've finally figured out you mean shorter chainring bolts, to hold one ring instead of two. I have no idea where tappered comes from.
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Originally Posted by BotByte
God, It's like children tossing around a flat ball.

The bolts
to a crank
to hold a chain ring on
to crank
which is tappered
aka it's still
chain
ring
bolts
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Tapered? Stack bolts? This is confusing.

OP, Scrod's comment about the $50 27" wheel is the least-expensive way to convert to fixed. Do that.
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Originally Posted by BotByte
God, It's like children tossing around a flat ball.

The bolts
to a crank
to hold a chain ring on
to crank
which is tappered
For the record, A Google search yields no dictionary having a definition for the word you've made up. However, I did find this:

https://www.nufaohjaja.com/2011/04/ta...e-blessed.html

It's okay...you can always go back to long-winded complaints about tattoos and wrongly advising people to use grease on their carbon seatposts.

And BTW - a "flat ball" is commonly known as a disc.

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just completed my SS conversion a few days ago.

Shimano Freewheel $27
1/8 chain $12

This was at my lbs. I think you can find prices lower online, I just couldn't wait for a week to ship.
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