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Remy_98Remy_98 Posts: 99
edited June 2009 in Road beginners
Hi, I'm not new to biking but I am to road biking and was wondering whether it's possible to have a road bike single speed but not fixed wheel? because i would like a single speed road bike but I'm not too keen on fixed gear becasue it kinda scares me! so, would it be possible to keep the freewheel and put on a small sprocket on the freehub (e.g http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/DMR_S ... 360021642/ ) thanks

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  • butcher_boybutcher_boy Posts: 117
    There a several single spped freewheel bikes out there at the mo.

    I have a Giant one, cause like you didn't want to go the full fixxie way!!
  • ride_wheneverride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    yes is the short answer. IIRC you can even screw a freewheel onto the fixed threads because they have the same tpi
  • Most of them give you the option of switching between fixed and single speed, with a fixed gear on one side of the wheel, and a singel speed on the other. Called a flip flop i think.



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  • John.TJohn.T Posts: 3,698
    The link you gave would let you use an existing road bike with a 130mm OLN dropouts (normal gears bike) to be used as a single speed. Most bikes you buy as single speed have 120mm OLN dropouts which face to the rear and let you adjust the chain tension without using a tensioner. As said avove they normally come with a 'flip-flop' hub that has a free wheel sprocket on one side and a fixed on the other.
  • InfamousInfamous Posts: 1,130
    Remy_98 wrote:
    Hi, I'm not new to biking but I am to road biking and was wondering whether it's possible to have a road bike single speed but not fixed wheel? because i would like a single speed road bike but I'm not too keen on fixed gear becasue it kinda scares me! so, would it be possible to keep the freewheel and put on a small sprocket on the freehub (e.g http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/DMR_S ... 360021642/ ) thanks
    Yep, you just put the tensioner and spacer kit (in the link) on a normal geared bike and you're off.
  • Remy_98Remy_98 Posts: 99
    There a several single spped freewheel bikes out there at the mo.

    I have a Giant one, cause like you didn't want to go the full fixxie way!!

    thanks, can you recommend any of these?
  • gtitimgtitim Posts: 225
    Hi there. Chris Boardman has a single speed bike, check it out

    Wiggle also offer a bunch of popular single speed / fixed wheel bikes

    Good luck with your quest. I ride a fixed wheel bike in the winter and I have to say it's great fun, yes it was scary at first but you get used to it. It makes you crazy strong and efficient at pedalling. Let us know how you get on.

    If you really just want to ride 1 gear freewheel then, well, just don't change gear, its alot cheaper :)
  • John.TJohn.T Posts: 3,698
    Remy_98. Do you already have a bike that you would like to convert or are you looking for a new single speed one. If you want to covert the tensioner that you showed will work fine. It may be a bit noisy. You could achieve the same result by just removing one chain ring, the front mech, the gear cables and locking the rear mech in the gear you want with the limit screw. Get some extra sprocket spacers and you can just leave one sprocket on. A bit of a faff but cheap.
    If you want a new bike there are many out there. Some are more like track bikes while others are more the bike courier type. Do you want drop bars, to fit mudguards, etc. There are as many styles as there are in normal road bikes. You need to look at some. I have a Specialized Singlecross on fixed for some of my winter riding. Very comfortable and stable with lots of mudguard clearance. Very pleased with it but it may not be what you want.
  • moray_gubmoray_gub Posts: 3,328
    gtitim wrote:
    Hi there. Chris Boardman has a single speed bike, check it out

    Wiggle also offer a bunch of popular single speed / fixed wheel bikes

    Good luck with your quest. I ride a fixed wheel bike in the winter and I have to say it's great fun,

    Can i ask what your gearing is ?, as the Boardman is 48x18 wheras i think id prefer maybe a 46 or 44
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