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    I know I shouldn't post this here but...

    I'm in the process of converting my old Miele (or is that Miyata) roadie into an ss. I removed the freehub and redished the wheel. I also have to respace the axle. Eyeballing it, the hub looks just about right but here is my dilemna. I bought a 16T freewheel today and threaded it onto the hub. There is about 1/4" -1/2" overhang as the freehub threads are not as wide as the freewheel. Am I FUBAR or can I just redish the wheel and respace the axle so that the freewheel doesn't hit the drops? Or do I need to just get a new wheel? I was gonna go fixed, but that scared me. We'll hafta see how this goes. I'm looking at going 42:16 btw. Thanks for reading!

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    Good problem. Someone out there can help.

    Just wanted to say "don't fear the fixie."




    Quote Originally Posted by PROGRE-SS
    I'm in the process of converting my old Miele (or is that Miyata) roadie into an ss. I removed the freehub and redished the wheel. I also have to respace the axle. Eyeballing it, the hub looks just about right but here is my dilemna. I bought a 16T freewheel today and threaded it onto the hub. There is about 1/4" -1/2" overhang as the freehub threads are not as wide as the freewheel. Am I FUBAR or can I just redish the wheel and respace the axle so that the freewheel doesn't hit the drops? Or do I need to just get a new wheel? I was gonna go fixed, but that scared me. We'll hafta see how this goes. I'm looking at going 42:16 btw. Thanks for reading!

    James
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    What's with the freewheel?

    Freehub = spacers and a cog....
    When the going gets weird its bedtime.

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    Well...

    Typically respacing and redishing the rear wheel provides enough axle space that the FW doesn't hit the frame. I would upload a pic of mine, but I don't have it anymore.

    Check out my auction on ebay and look at the pictures of the rear wheel. I did exactly the same thing and it worked out nicely. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...&category=7298

    FWIW, don't give up on fixed though, its great!

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    It will work

    I had a 14 mm spacer on the drive side and a 4 mm spacer on the non-drive side of the axle on my mid-80s Bridgestone road bike. I switched those side to side, redished the wheel and put on a bmx freewheel. This gave me a good chain line and the freewheel has good clearance. As long as your freewheel bottoms on the hub I wouldn't worry about the disparate thread lengths. This hub arrangement is not as strong as a freehub type, but at the price, it works for me. I'm pretty sure I run a 42/16, for what that is worth.

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    should be fine.

    Quote Originally Posted by PROGRE-SS
    I'm in the process of converting my old Miele (or is that Miyata) roadie into an ss. I removed the freehub and redished the wheel. I also have to respace the axle. Eyeballing it, the hub looks just about right but here is my dilemna. I bought a 16T freewheel today and threaded it onto the hub. There is about 1/4" -1/2" overhang as the freehub threads are not as wide as the freewheel. Am I FUBAR or can I just redish the wheel and respace the axle so that the freewheel doesn't hit the drops? Or do I need to just get a new wheel? I was gonna go fixed, but that scared me. We'll hafta see how this goes. I'm looking at going 42:16 btw. Thanks for reading!

    James
    I did this once and it was fine. My rationale on the threads was that before the BMX freewheel, there was an even bigger one with the all the cogs on it, so it should be fine. Just grease the threads. When redishing, make sure that the spokes that you lengthen still have like at least 2 or three threads in the nip. I didnt and on one ride a bunch of spokes just ripped out of the nips because I had like half a thread in there! Ended up having to buy to spokes and nips!
    In any case, you will be fine. Just set it up and ride it around the block first real easy. Then find a hill and mash the pedals as hard as you can. If it works you are golden.and i am also a little scared to go fixed on the road. maybe later this summer...
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    We the people ... education for zipperhead..

    Quote Originally Posted by wooglin
    Freehub = spacers and a cog....
    Before there were freehubs here were multi-gear freewheels. They looked like modern cassettes but screwed on like a freewheel. The hub progre-ss has is one of those hubs which has a narrower thread area for the freewheel. A BMX freewheel will thread on but the hub does not engage all of the BMX threads.

    I too recommend a fixed gear; its more of a hoot.

    1G1G, Brad

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    I'm well aware of that. I've got about 20 of the damn things around, including two still on bikes. I was referring to this in the original post, which made it unclear as to what kind of hub PROGRE-SS was dealing with:

    Quote Originally Posted by PROGRE-SS
    I'm in the process of converting my old Miele (or is that Miyata) roadie into an ss. I removed the freehub and redished the wheel.
    But it sounds like he's got everything well in hand, so its a moot point now anyhow.
    When the going gets weird its bedtime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PROGRE-SS
    I was gonna go fixed, but that scared me. We'll hafta see how this goes.

    James
    once again, don't be so escared of riding fixed. find yourself a nice, empty, flat parking lot, and just tool around a bit to get used to it. practice slowing and stopping without using your brake.
    that's another thing; many people who ride fixies look down their noses at using a front brake. well, i say that if you're in a hilly area, or are just new to it, use a front brake.
    there's no shame in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wooglin
    I'm well aware of that. I've got about 20 of the damn things around, including two still on bikes. I was referring to this in the original post, which made it unclear as to what kind of hub PROGRE-SS was dealing with:



    But it sounds like he's got everything well in hand, so its a moot point now anyhow.
    ..he did say "freehub"; my mistake. I have just tried the same thing so I knew what he was talking about.The key word there is "tried" because I could never get the chain line right. Anyway my bad. Hope you find something constructive to do with your old freewheels

    1G1G, Brad

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    Right on about the front brake. I love my front brake. Would not ride without it.




    Quote Originally Posted by sslos
    once again, don't be so escared of riding fixed. find yourself a nice, empty, flat parking lot, and just tool around a bit to get used to it. practice slowing and stopping without using your brake.
    that's another thing; many people who ride fixies look down their noses at using a front brake. well, i say that if you're in a hilly area, or are just new to it, use a front brake.
    there's no shame in it.

    the los
    Don't worship the pain.

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    Yees, you both are right

    Quote Originally Posted by aka brad
    ..he did say "freehub"; my mistake. I have just tried the same thing so I knew what he was talking about.The key word there is "tried" because I could never get the chain line right. Anyway my bad. Hope you find something constructive to do with your old freewheels

    1G1G, Brad
    Quote Originally Posted by wooglin
    Freehub = spacers and a cog....
    Sorry, meant to write freewheel. A la older Suntour. Dind't know I would cause such a commotion.

    James
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    "Damn... we fcuked up!"

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