How to build a low-buck Fixie

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i have built a few from bikes i have found along the way

i run freewheel and a brake on most and a flip flop with fixed on a couple, i like to stop

heres my budget build road goers





 
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Gave this one the single speed treatment!
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Left the "dork disk" on until I can figure out how to remove the freewheel without any special tools!
 
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Ok..got a probably rookie / newbie question..been working on one of these..and my luck, got a frame with vertical dropouts..but being a welder by trade, that is the easy part..sooooooooo my question to you guru's is : how do you get the "cassette" off the rim to put the new freewheel on ? Been looking at this and thinking maybe it has some type of lockring on the outside ? Need help !! It is an older Mongoose roadbike if that helps..cost was $0 so that works out in my favor.. :D
 

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There are different ways to do it, I posted a movie of how to do it without having any special tools, and one where you use some tools for that specific purpuse. hope this help. I tried to do it the way with the pipewrench, but it was stuck, so I just wented to my local track-bike shop and had them removing the cassette for me. It took them no time and they did it for free. But I used the method to tighten my singlespeed cog.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adDOv3439GI


http://www.charliethebikemonger.com/how-to-info-4-w.asp
 
Aug 28, 2008
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Dang..thanks dude..worked like a charm..took quite a bit of "hammer coaxing" but it finally gave up..next is getting the piece under the cassette off ? :x
jan said:
There are different ways to do it, I posted a movie of how to do it without having any special tools, and one where you use some tools for that specific purpuse. hope this help. I tried to do it the way with the pipewrench, but it was stuck, so I just wented to my local track-bike shop and had them removing the cassette for me. It took them no time and they did it for free. But I used the method to tighten my singlespeed cog.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adDOv3439GI


http://www.charliethebikemonger.com/how-to-info-4-w.asp
 
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Re: Cool...all the rage in Paris

Multipass said:
RatFink said:
P.S. lose the brake all together to prove your cool and celebrate our free healthcare system :wink:
How about a fixed gear, brakeless SwingBike? Now THAT would be a celebration of our free healthcare system :shock:

-Mp
I've got one of those, it's tricky... :D
I rarely use the fixed side, It's almost always on the freewheel!
 
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nugenhipsta said:
i am in the process of "fixing" a schwinn world sport. today i spent 4 hours dishing, truing, axle spacing and bottom bracket adjustment. this is definitely NOT an easy build. multipass is right, sometimes everything lines up and youre good to go. but be prepared, sometimes during a fixie conversion one thing leads to another and soon your head is spinning.


Nice looking bike!
 
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snfargle said:
it doesnt have to be a ten speed frame

think an oldish 15 speed mtn bike with horizontal dropouts, unscrew the 5 spd on the back, and follow the conversion

it would look a bit odd granted but its still a fixie

I used an older 80's Kline mtn bike frame, The rear hub was narrower than todays standards , in turn makes an older mtn bike frame work fine. They even have more adjustment(slots)on the drop outs. Mine doesnt look bad at all for being a mtn bike frame. It is set up with a 16 tooth freewheel and brakes at the moment because of bad knees!