Questions tagged [fixed-gear]

Bikes that have no gears/shifters, and no freewheel - the pedals are always spinning when the bicycle is moving. Note that fixed gear is not the same thing as singlespeed, which has its own tag.

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Setting up chain tension on a fixed gear with road bike frame

I got a road bike frame with vertical drops, so can't set the tension up. Tried to remove one link but then the chain becomes too short. My next idea was to change the front sprocket, currently have ...
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How do I properly torque a track cog lockring?

I see a torque rating is stamped onto a lot of track cog lock rings: However, I cannot find a way to use a torque wrench when tightening the lock ring. All the tools I've found, like Park Tool's HCW-...
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Can I Use 11 Speed Rd On My 9 Speed Cogs? [closed]

Can I Use Ltwoo Ax Elite Rd (11 Speed) On My Sagmit 11t-50t Cogs (9 speed)?
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BB spindle length standard for single speed bike?

Is there a common spindle length for typical fixie/single speed bikes? Namely a bike with: a 68 mm BSA bottom bracket shell a square taper bottom bracket cartridge bearing 120 mm dropout distance ...
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Converting Surly new hubs from 130mm to 120mm

Can I convert 130mm Surly New hub from 130mm to 120mm by simply replacing with a 120mm axle? I have a 130mm hub that I'm running on a sscx bike, and want to use the wheel for a track bike with 120mm ...
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Can I shrink my steel rear dropouts to fit a smaller hub?

I am rebuilding a 1971 Raleigh International road frame into a single speed bike for college. I bought a set of track wheels with rear hub spacing 110mm. The rear dropout on the Raleigh is 120mm. Will ...
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Two brake positions on fixed gear/single speed

I recently bought a fixed gear/single speed with a flip flop hub. It has drop bars with two brake positions. One on the hood and one set of cross top brakes. I was considering removing the hood ...
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Need help finding compatible bottom bracket and crank set for track bike

My bike is this: https://www.santafixie.co.uk/derail-black-fixed-bike.html The BB measurements on the link are CH55 BSA 68/107. I know literally bare minimum about bottom brackets and crank sets. I ...
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Chain slipping off from singlespeed rear cog

After I have worn out the cogs and chain to the point where my chain tensioner couldn't keep up anymore, I have replaced my drive train pieces, the axle and spacer are still the same. So I went from: ...
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52/15 fixed gear ratio - what should I change to?

I have a 52/15 gear ratio and I find it sort of difficult to pedal. I'm wondering what I'd need to switch the chainring/cog sizes to that would allow for me to not remove any chain links. I'm ...
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Square taper bottom bracket noise from street riding fixed gear

I’ve been trying to eliminate crank/bb noise in several different Sugino RD2 cranksets over the years with no luck. Always a faint click, once per revolution on the crankarms. I’ve tightened ...
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Converting a KHS FLITE 223 into a freewheel fixie?

I have this KHS Road bike that I got back in high school and was wondering if I'm able to convert it into a freewheel fixie (I think that's the right term) The bike does have vertical dropouts. Would ...
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Crank arm play, should I get spacers?

I'm building my first fixed gear bike and I'm nearly finished, I just have to tighten up my crank bolt and wrap my handle bars. The thing is, the crank arm seems to wobble a lot and idk what to do. I'...
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Can I install the double brakes on the tt handlebars?

I have a fixed gear bike. I want install a tt handlebars, but I don't know it can install double brakes?
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Is it normal that I find it hard to skid?

I'm big on bicycle repairs and whipping vintage bikes back into shape. As such, I took an old Raleigh road bike frame and made it into my very first fixed gear bike. So far, loving the experience of ...
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What is the difference between KMC 410Z vs 710 chain?

What is the difference between KMC 410Z VS KMC 710 chain? For use in single-speed or fixed gear bike.
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70's Peugeot to Fixed Gear Conversion

I have an old 1970's Peugeot frame (originally a 10-speed, I believe) that I have been slowly trying to convert to a fixed gear bike. I am at a complete loss for which wheelset is appropriate. I have ...
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Brake on a pre-drilled track fork

I want to put a front brake on a Cinelli Parallax (track/fixed gear bike). It’s got a predrilled fork, but still a cap on it (as far as I know the cap is made of some kind of wax). What’s the cleanest ...
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Use Brompton BWR 3-speed hub to create a full 700c wheel?

I have been looking at getting an internal gear hub wheel for my commuter. I currently ride a fixie and I find myself wanting a lower gear at stop lights and a higher gear in straight aways. Basically ...
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Is there a special 3/32" chain ring for single speed/fixed gear bikes?

Am I able to use what's called an "Outer" chain ring in a single speed application? Something like this https://www.modernbike.com/sugino-48t-110mm-standard-chainring Thank you.
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Terminology: coaster brakes vs free wheel?

I just read this article https://www.tikesbikes.com/pages/coaster-brake-vs-hand-brake and it confuses me. They oppose coaster brakes with free wheels. My understanding is that the opposite of ...
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Fixie: how to learn to ride: step by step

I've been riding a single speed to work on a daily basis for about 3 years. I want to learn to ride a fixie. I have a flip-flop, so my fixie ratio is 48/19. I've installed straps (hold fast). My ...
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Changing fixig rear cog from 16t to 19t

I have a single speed with 48/16 ratio with flip-flop wheel. I'm considering to change fixie cog to 19t, as it is easier to skit and has more skid patches. Will I need to enlarge my chain too?
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27“ x 1 1/4” back flip flop wheel or track wheel(rear)

I'm looking for a good wheel, I don't know much about brands and what's reputable. I'm replacing my back wheel because it's a suicide hub set up by a local bike shop(cheap short term fix) I'm ...
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Clicking noise when cranks rotate

I've got an old `86 Raleigh fixed gear bicycle that is making a loud clicking noise when the cranks rotates. It seems to have just started doing this today. I'm looking for someone who, maybe has ...
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fixed gear bicycle chain tension

the problem: my chain popped off on my yesterday..and I have no brakes so you can see how that's a problem.. I'm assuming it happened because of the chain being too loose...I'm wondering if it's so ...
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Finding compatible fixed-gear cog and lockring

I have a flip-flop hub that came stock on a Trek single-speed. I'd like to install a fixed-gear cog and lockring opposite the existing freewheel. How can I determine which cogs and lockrings are ...
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Chain prototype

For my thesis, I'm making a measurement prototype ruler with a bicycle chain. Check the image At the moment there is a worn bicycle chain in the white paper from a bike with a derailleur. The purpose,...
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Fixie sprockets

this post is a little different to your norm, so I'm not expecting much. I'm partaking in a competition where we are building a chain driven wheelchair and currently have it set-up using bicycle ...
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Fixed gear bike: when I stop the bike completely I can move the pedals back and forth very slightly is this normal?

As the title shows I have a fixed gear bike, not sure if this is right though: even when the chain is tight as possible there will be what seems a loose spot and it makes it so that the pedals move ...
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Single Speed / Fixie - Chain tension / uneven tension

I recently changed my chain and noticed it has uneven tension (probably my chain ring being out of rounds). I followed Parktool's video and set the tightest spot to have about 0.25 inch movement up ...
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Is it possible to convert a single speed rear wheel into a multi-speed rear wheel?

If I buy a wheelset that was meant for a single speed bicycle, how could I convert that wheelset to a multi-speed bicycle? Note that I am not asking about converting a fixie ride into a multi speed ...
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10 gears to singlespeed

My second hand Hercules bicycle came with 10 gears. Two gears in the front and five in the back. The gearshift does not work well and since I cycle in the same gear all the time anyway, I consider ...
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Modifying SKS Race Blade Long for solid axle hubs

I have a set of SKS Race Blade Long fenders. They have quick release attachments that fit around QR skewers. Unfortunately, I'd like to set these fenders up on my single speed commuter which has track ...
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Chain loosening over time (Fixie)

I've ridden a fixed gear bike for years now, but I've only just questioned if I have been doing something wrong when adjusting the chain. You see, I have to tension the chain (pulling the rear wheel ...
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Rim brake on front and disk brake on rear

Good day guys. I would like to know... I've purchased a old fixed gear bike, and i converted it to a freewheel. I've managed to install a rim brake on front. I was going to install ine on the back ...
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Should I get a smaller chainring or bigger cog?

I built a single speed bike about a year ago, and am starting to change out parts to make it more comfortable for me. The first thing I'm wanting to change is the gear inches, which I didn't give much ...
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1970's Gitane Gypsy: Brakes and types I can Use Shimano: ULTEGRA R8000

I want an updated brake system for Gitane Gypsy (1970's frame). Some braking types have descriptions that indicate "short reach caliper', which, is eponymous with its name I’m sure, however, I want to ...
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How much tolerance is acceptable on the chainline of a fixed gear conversion?

When converting a geared bike to fg/ss, at some point there will be adjustments to be made regarding chainline. Without getting into details about what could be made to make it better (bb axle width, ...
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2- or 3-speed fixie [duplicate]

I am young...and dumb... so I want to ride fixed gear as all the other cool guys do. But without the trouble of having too high of a gear when starting away from a traffic light. So is it possible to ...
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Chain noise, fixed gear

This is my first bike ever assembled, I’m a total newbie. I’ve just finished to put chain/cog and did my first try of chain tensioning. All components are new, but still I don’t understand why there’...
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How can I know the number of teeths I need to go uphill?

I have a singlespeed with a flipflop hub to change to fixed gear. In my freewheel sprocket I have 16 teeth and in the ring chain 46 teeth. For me this is almost always the perfect combination for ...
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Fixed gear drivetrain problem

Sometimes, when I put a lot of pressure on my pedals while accelerating or skidding, my pedals "drop" like when your cog is unscrewing. I have a lock ring, so it's not unscrewing. I've recently ...
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Rear wheel resistance and vibrations are driving me crazy

I've recently purchased a new wheel set for my track bike. It's a Phil Wood High Flange laced to H + Son Archetype. I've been traveling a bit and haven't really ridden them very long. I immediately ...
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Painting the rims of single speed bike

I've recently purchased my first fixed gear bike from another rider and the rims have faded from orange to pink and I was hoping to restore it back to orange. However, after looking online, it doesn't ...
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Have multi-speed non-freewheeling bikes ever been common?

Prompted by a recent question I was pondering the idea of bikes with variable gearing (derailleur or otherwise) but without the ability to freewheel. Have such bikes ever been widely used? They would ...
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Track cog threading or lockring threading?

On the website of a wheel manifacturer, I can find the following specs about the cog compatibility of their track wheels: Our track hubs are then compatible with threaded track cogs of Shimano 1....
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Is Mustache bar for daily ride advisable?

I'm using an NJS approved frame for my fixed gear bike. Is it okay for me to use my new Mustache drop bar on my daily ride going to work and back home. a total of 25km per day.
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Skidding/skipping a fixie with ratio 48/16

I'm a noob. I have a single speed with 48/16 ratio with flip-flop wheel. I wanted to try what is a fixie and installed pedal straps. I tried to lock a rear wheel, but it just pushing my hard and ...
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Fixed Gear crank arm slips

The crank arm on my fixed gear "slips" when I put large pressure on the pedals like when I take that first pedal to get the bike moving or pulling up hard on my toe straps to slow down. The slip is ...