• 01-03-2006
    Finished my fixed conversion!
    I finished my first fixed conversion yesterday. The bike started as a 1983 Trek 520. It had 27" wheels, but I wanted to move to 700c. I built the rear wheel myself using a nashbar flip-flop hub, Wolber Alpine rim, and 14 gauge dt spokes. This was my first wheel build, but following the guide on sheldonbrown it was pretty easy. I'm still running 27" in the front. It handles fine like this, and I don't have to do anything to keep the front brake, so I may leave it mixed.
    The original chainrings were 50-45-28, and I was able to get perfect chainline keeping one ring on the crankset (just needed new bolts). I'm running 45x16, and it feels pretty good. I just did my first ride yesterday of about 10 miles around town.
    I like the fixed ride, but it will take some time to get used to. A few times I forgot it was fixed and tried to coast, resulting in the back end locking and lifting several inches off the ground. Luckily I was able to keep it together and never went down.
    After feeling how much pressure it takes to try to slow down the wheel, there's no way I'd ride fixed in traffic without a brake and a lock ring. I think riding without either would be suicide.
    Anyway as this was my only road bike, I'll be riding fixed exclusively until spring when I can get a new geared bike, so I'll have plenty of time to get used to it.

    Here's a few pics of the new creation:

  • 01-03-2006
    Dave Hickey
    Great job...Riding fixed will only get easier. I agree with you about the front brake.