RE: [rootsradicals] Fixed bike Xtracycle??
To go fixed on the X posess the same challenge as "fixing" any modern vertical dropout equipped bike.
It will involve some extra work to acheive a workable result.
There are three main options that don't involve having to fit new horizontal dropouts.
Careful choice of front and rear gearing with the possible use of a KMC half link <http://harriscyclery.net/itemdetails.cfm?id=1274 > could get you there.
A more expensive option is to build a new rear wheel around a White Industries Eno eccentric hub, http://www.whiteind.com/ENO_Products/eric.html
Or maybe this very creative solution where a floating chainring is used to take up the slack. http://www.mtbr.com/faq/MTBR_com%20Single%20Speed%20FAQ%20v1_0_files/ghostChainring.jpg
---- Tone <Tone@...> wrote:
> Ah, there lies the inherent problem then. Alas I have only
> vertical dropouts and I do not intend on changing frames any time soon.
> This brings me to another question I have then. Once again the
> caption of Aaron's blue Colnago says "Fixed Xtracycle Quick-Release
> Convertible." As I understand it then, and according to a hint of the
> quick release lever in the photo, instead of the normal bolts supplied
> by Xtracycle there are a pair of quick-release bolts (like perhaps seat
> post levers?) connecting the two primary bolt attachment points of the
> Xtracycle to the horizontal dropouts of Aaron's bike?
> As I always understood it, quick-release bolts are unable to
> supply enough tension/grip for a fixed bike's horizontal drop outs. This
> makes me wonder if the two quick release bolts on Aaron's bike are
> enough to provide a safe non-slipping attachment point for such a fixed
> set up. Am I missing something or unclear on how it is set up?