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    Hello, Conversion Question

    Hi,

    I'm totally new to this and road biking. I'd like to convert this bike to a geared bike, hoping someone can help me out and point me in the right direction.

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    A quick google shows this is a $200 MSRP bike. At a minimum, you'll need a new rear wheel, rear derailleur, cassette, chain and rear shifter, but that doesn't even mean it's even possible. A much more rational decision would be to buy a new or new/used bike.

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    Not possible. Your fixed gear bike doesn't have a derailleur hanger. It has a rear dropout spacing of 120mm, a geared road bike is 130mm. There are no housing stops on the frame. There is no bottom bracket cable guide. Most of these things can be overcome but the rear end spacing and complete lack of derailleur hanger are deal breakers if you're doing this yourself.
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    thank you, i appreciate it. I wish i didn't buy this bike on next door.

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    You might be able to cram an internally geared hub in there but by the time you paid for it, shifter, and worked around having no cable guides, if all that is even possible, you'd be over the prices of a half decent geared bike of craigslist or a brand new cheap hybrid. And certainly more hassle.

    I'd call the idea a non-starter basically.

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    Just sell it on next door to some other idiot?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Strongbow View Post
    You might be able to cram an internally geared hub in there but by the time you paid for it, shifter, and worked around having no cable guides, if all that is even possible, you'd be over the prices of a half decent geared bike of craigslist or a brand new cheap hybrid. And certainly more hassle.

    I'd call the idea a non-starter basically.
    Actually, most internal gear hubs (at least those with more than 3 speeds) require a dropout spacing of 130mm or even greater.
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    Quote Originally Posted by No Time Toulouse View Post
    Actually, most internal gear hubs (at least those with more than 3 speeds) require a dropout spacing of 130mm or even greater.
    Hence the words "might" and 'cram'. I'm by no means suggesting it's a good idea to go though the trouble of finding out under the circumstances but I;ve used 135 is a 130 Ti frame very easily to 130 is a 120 steel frame (I'm assuming that's steel) isn't that far fetched.

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    You may be able to do it, but..... can the guy who bought this do it? NO!
    Get another bike, really.
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    'brifter' is f'ing stupid
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    You might be able to 'cram' a 130mm wheel into a 120 frame but without aligning the dropouts the angle will be severe enough that the wheel probably won't stay in place...you won't be able to clamp it tight enough to get enough friction so it won't move. There are good reasons why people generally don't do things like this and those that do keep coming back w/ problem after problem.
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    Also, if my experiences in getting a 130mm wheel into a steel frame with 128mm dropout spacings are anything to go by, fitting a 130mm wheel into THIS thing is going to require some serious leverage or spread-age, like maybe a crow bar and a bottle jack.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by No Time Toulouse View Post
    Also, if my experiences in getting a 130mm wheel into a steel frame with 128mm dropout spacings are anything to go by, fitting a 130mm wheel into THIS thing is going to require some serious leverage or spread-age, like maybe a crow bar and a bottle jack.....
    You're ignoring the fact that this is a wimpy frame and can probably be spread by a 4-year old with a crow bar

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