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    Vertical Dropouts: What exactly do they mean by "luck"?

    I've heard some say refer to the ability to run a SS without horizontal dropouts as "luck."

    I decided to change my rear cog, and had to add a couple links to the chain. Lo and behold, I can get a pretty tight chain sans a Singelator (I have a Access frame with vertical dropouts).

    It looks pretty straigt, there is just enough of give to allow me to take the chain off if need be I have yet to take it out, but are there things I should look for to see if I should indeed run the singelator, or am I "lucky"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire
    I've heard some say refer to the ability to run a SS without vertical dropout as "luck."

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    I have a Access frame with horizantal dropouts).
    You've got things mixed up:
    horizontal = good
    vertical = luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by riderx
    You've got things mixed up:
    horizontal = good
    vertical = luck
    Huh, are you sure you read my post correctly? :-) Yes, it's way to early...and it's Friday.

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    Yep, he read your post correctly

    You did in fact experience "luck." You got lucky, and your frame does work without a tensioner. However, riderx was correct in replying that horizontal does in fact = good.

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    That is the definition of luck

    There are web sites devoted to calculating ring/cog sizes that fit chainstay lengths.
    The calculators are sophisticated pieces of algorithmic engineering, taking into account angles of deviation based on chainring diameters, cloud attenuation, humidity.
    People file their axles.
    People file their dropouts.
    There are special axle upgrade kits for Paul hubs.
    There are special ugrade kits for Bullseye hubs.
    There are special hubs for use with vertical dropouts.

    Then some formerly fat bloke who's now skinny changes his cog size, and all of a sudden doesn't need his gnome peeler. That would be luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ichabod
    There are web sites devoted to calculating ring/cog sizes that fit chainstay lengths.
    The calculators are sophisticated pieces of algorithmic engineering, taking into account angles of deviation based on chainring diameters, cloud attenuation, humidity.
    People file their axles.
    People file their dropouts.
    There are special axle upgrade kits for Paul hubs.
    There are special ugrade kits for Bullseye hubs.
    There are special hubs for use with vertical dropouts.

    Then some formerly fat bloke who's now skinny changes his cog size, and all of a sudden doesn't need his gnome peeler. That would be luck.
    Let's just wait until after my inaugural ride.

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    That's a lame reason to post

    I'm posting to increase my post count.

    There's a skunk where your avatar should be.
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