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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Chain type and chain alignment for a fixie single speed

I've got a 10-year old bike I'm trying to revive. It was a single speed that I converted to a fixie. I'm anticipating just casual riding on flat ground. It has an old-school looking Shimano SGX 46t ...
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I need to know what kind and size of brakes I need for my road bike/fixie

I'm pretty sure it's a fixie but it's one speed and if I turn the rear wheel around it turns it into a fixie. I'm not aware of make and model but I bought a pair of brakes on Amazon that I thought ...
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Hydraulic sub brake lever as primary lever

I can see answers for this question with cables but cannot find an answer for hydraulic brakes. I am looking for a 31.8mm clamp hydraulic disc brake lever for my fixed gear commuter, and have seen the ...
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Should a track cog's asymmetrical lock ring be installed so the flat end faces the cog?

My bike has always had a flip-flop hub installed. I recently decided I would like to try using the fixed gear side. I purchased an All-City 17T x 1/8" Track Cog and an Origin8 Standard Track Cog ...
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The spin of crankset creates periodic sideways wobble of the whole bike. What is the problem?

I have enountered a strange problem with a fixed gear build: when the wheel/crankset spin, the crankset's rotation creates a periodically pulsating sideways wobble on whole the bike. It can be felt ...
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Dia-Compe Gran Compe shot lever - is there a fix for 31.8mm bars?

I have a Dia-Compe Gran Compe shot lever and want to change the bars on my track bike for 31.8 diameter bars — is there a fix (i.e. replacement clamp band) that anyone can point me to that I can use ...
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Fixie bike crank/pedals give in when back pedalling

Recently was given a fixie, but with braking issues. Whenever I back pedal (as in lock up and stop pedalling completely), the crank/pedal seems to give in and not stop the rear wheel from moving ...
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Best handlebars for long steep hills?

I am looking for the best handlebars for climbing long steep hills (around 22km). As part of the challenge I will be riding a fixed gear so drop bars with hoods are not an option. I can't find ...
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Why do fixies (fixed-gear bicycles) have one brake on the front?

I've recently started riding a fixed-gear bicycle and I love it. It's simple, light and fast. However, being new to "fixies" I have two brakes with a drop-down bar, like a road-bike. It just ...
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Surly Straggler fixed gear build

For now, I live in a city and I have a surly steamroller frame that is very convenient for commuting everyday life. I will soon live in a small village from about 15km my work and I need to ride on ...
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Do I need to replace bottom bracket and/or cranks for road-to-fixed conversion?

I have a vintage race frame with a Shimano Dura Ace 7400 series double-ring crankset on a Shimano bottom bracket of some kind. I intend to use the frame to build a fixed gear bike. As I understand, ...
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BLB Viper - Is this frame OK?

I want to start building a fixed speed bike and think about having the BLB Viper frame set. Is it a good frame to start with or would you recommend to get a different ONE, like a Leader frame or a ...
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Are there different standards I should watch out for in fixed gear cog/hub compability?

I'm thinking of giving fixed gear a go on my single speed bike. Due to shortages, parts are sort of expensive and I'm thinking of sourcing cheap parts, i.e. take whatever fixed wheel I can get and ...
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What type of bottom bracket does my bike have?

I found this old fixed gear conversion on CL for next to nothing. It's been really fun but I've noticed play in what I thought were the crank arms, but it turns out the spindle inside the BB has play. ...
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Chains for fixed gear bike noise problem

I mounted my fixed gear bike and I would like your opinion about the installation of my chain. The noise in the following video is made by my chain (and nothing else) and I am not reassured. I first ...
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Hi what Brand is this fixed-gear bike?

White frame it looks like a road bicycle Serial number is DJEI265384
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Fixed gear bike chain alignment

I have recently converted my old early 90s 18 speed Peugeot road bike to a fixed gear. The chain is clicking when pedalling and is out of line by about 10mm as you can see in the photo. The rear cog ...
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Make a broken gear bike a fixie

Hi sadly my gear is broken. Now my idea was to remove the gear and shorten the bicycle chain to make the bike a fixie. It's a bike with 7 gears at the back wheel and no gear at the front. What do you ...
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Fixed gear steel frame from AliExpress

I would like to build my own fixed gear bike. I want a steel frame, I know different quality of steel and I want to avoid HI-Ten. I will be mostly for urban cycling (pavements) and I would take ...
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Help me fix a loose pedal-arm on a fixie!

Basically, after a few months of riding my bike, the pedal arms start to loosen up every few weeks after skidding/backpedaling. I ended up having to pedal with one foot for at least 2kms today (I know,...
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Wheel conversion to Fixed gear (threaded hub)

I would like to convert a wheel with a threaded hub to fixed gear. Here the wheel: Herer the "fixed gear set": When I mount them together, there is no place to put the lock ring. Without ...
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Conversion to horizontal dropouts (for fixed gear), V-brake

If I convert vertical dropouts (as on picture) to horizontal dropouts as on youtube video by cutting and welding: . Will there be any challenges with the V-brakes ? If ...
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Converting old mountain bike to fixed gear

I would like to convert an old (Raleigh A3) mountain bike to fixed gear bike. But dropout seems to be vertical (or diagonal). Does such dropout is suitable for fixed gear? Does "chain tensioner&...
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Is possible to mount an existing freewheel on a fixie wheel?

Would it be possible to mount a freewheel from an existing wheel on thie following type of wheel made for fixies? Or do I need a different axis for the rear wheel such as the one below?
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Damaged cog while taking it off

Damaged my cog while taking it off. Is there any possibility of repairing it?
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Which Masi model is this?

I'm going to check out this Masi and the owner doesn't know which year or model this is. Can someone please help identify this bike?
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V brake lever with calipers

I am converting an old road bike to fixed gear with brakes. I am opting for long reach calipers as the brake reach is 70mm. As i am going to put a flat handlebar I am thinking of buying brake lever ...
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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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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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