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    Flip-Flop rear hub, how many use them?

    Are these a good idea for getting your ss bike capable of more riding? I'm new to the SS world and am looking for ideas to help build my frame. Also, for those that do, what gear ratios are you using and what are the different sized rings you have on the hub? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks,
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    I have always used the Surly flip flop

    I have never flopped it on my single though.I keep a 18 tooth fixed cog on the other side as a backup gear if my freewheel craps out.It's kind of a pain to flip.
    On my cross bike:One side is 16 fixed the other side is 22 freewheel and I have quick releases.I have to add chain to flip.A couple sram quicklinks do the trick.
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    I use the ...

    Eric's ENO hub on my converted bike. The ENO supports flipflop with one side fixed, one free. I keep a fixed cog mounted along with the freewheel. I don't ride fixed alot, but when I want to its only a 2 minute operation to make the change! My next rear wheel will be flipflop with 2 freewheel ratios. I know some people are so hung on the idea of Discs that they wouldn't do this, but honestly rear brakes of anykind really add little to your total stopping power, so I would rather have the versatility of 2 ratios at all times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COmtbiker12
    Are these a good idea for getting your ss bike capable of more riding? I'm new to the SS world and am looking for ideas to help build my frame. Also, for those that do, what gear ratios are you using and what are the different sized rings you have on the hub? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks,
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    which kind of flip flop?

    Quote Originally Posted by COmtbiker12
    Are these a good idea for getting your ss bike capable of more riding? I'm new to the SS world and am looking for ideas to help build my frame. Also, for those that do, what gear ratios are you using and what are the different sized rings you have on the hub? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks,
    Tony
    do you mean the threaded both sides (fixed/free AND free/free flipflop) or only fixed/free kind of flipflop?

    i actually only used one side of the wheel.

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    Good job! RE: Freewheel on one side, fixed on the other...

    Quote Originally Posted by KgB
    I keep a 18 tooth fixed cog on the other side as a backup gear if my freewheel craps out.
    Good idea, especially if you're prone to riding in cold weather. Wish I had done that on a fairly recent snow ride, when my shitmano freewheel froze up with the pawls open and I basically had a free-spinner in both directions. Would have prevented an almost 2 mile roll-a-bike back to the car.

    Still haven't done it myself, though...
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    I think it's great

    I've got a Phil flip flop on my Karate Monkey. I have a 20 tooth freewheel on one side and either a 18 tooth fixed cog (for trail riding) or a 15 tooth fixed cog (for commuting/road) on the other side. I actually do flop it quite a bit because I like fixed gear riding and it makes getting to/from the trail so much better, and it makes some trails a lot better. Another reason for fixed gear on one side is you won't have to re-adjust your brakes when you flop the wheel.

    I really like my disc brakes on my other ss, but the flip flop is so versatile that I'm sticking with vees for now on the KM.

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    I have a surly flip-flop, but have only flipped it mid-ride once.

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    Surly flip-flop, run freewheel and fixed, both 2:1 (34x17). Use the freewheel most, but the fixed gets it's share of use, especially in the snow and ice.
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    Using a flip flop freewheel hub

    Quote Originally Posted by COmtbiker12
    Are these a good idea for getting your ss bike capable of more riding? I'm new to the SS world and am looking for ideas to help build my frame. Also, for those that do, what gear ratios are you using and what are the different sized rings you have on the hub? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks,
    Tony
    using a 34/18 for dirt and a 36/16 for the road.

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    It is a nice versatility gig

    A while ago, on the Hunter my Phil had a 20 on one side and 16 on the other...both freewheels. Rick brazed the sub11s so that the 'slot' was on the same plane as the brake boss, therefore no need to adjust brakes...super cool and way sano if you run canti/Vees. Now the Phil is on the SyCip and flips fixed...18 and a 16, I need to ge a 20 cog and my fix will be locked into versatility...flip'n is fun
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