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Advice - Double fixed hub, can I change one side to s/s?

PapsPaps Posts: 114
edited October 2008 in Road general
Hello,

A mate just recently bought a bike with a double fixed hub. I'm not sure what the hub is but is it possible to change one side of the sprockets to single speed?

Any advice appreciated

Many thanks
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  • explosifpeteexplosifpete Posts: 1,327
    yes you just thread it on
  • peejay78peejay78 Posts: 3,378
    yes to what pete said.
  • GaryGknGaryGkn Posts: 1,199
    That's good to know. Why bother to machine a flipflop hub? Double fixed is surely a more versatile option?
  • meagainmeagain Posts: 2,774
    GaryGkn wrote:
    That's good to know. Why bother to machine a flipflop hub? Double fixed is surely a more versatile option?

    Not necessarily. Can also put a fixed on a single free! AND a free side will take a multi cog block. Not much in it really. I'd rather run a fixed on a "normal" (non-fixed-specific) screw on than vice versa. Fixed/gear (free) also of course more traditional from the days when a 4/5 speed block for summer and a fixed for winter.
    d.j.
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  • explosifpeteexplosifpete Posts: 1,327
    you can put a fixed on a single freehub but it would come off if you put any back pressure (and you would) on the pedals.
  • meagainmeagain Posts: 2,774
    I (and I bekieve lots of others) have ridden '000s of miles with fixed on old 5 speed screw on hubs - with and without b/b lockrings. Ain't never lost one yet! And plenty of folk use the fixed "side" without a lockring.

    I don't doubt that those stronger and with a more aggressive riding style COULD move one - at least until it's been on there a few weeks, but it's not inevitable!
    d.j.
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