Wanted: Fixie Bike
I commute each day on an old aluminum Trek road bike. Am interested in a fixed gear. Was thinking of building one up on an On-One frame but thought I should get some experience first. Let me know if anyone has one they want to sell.
Joe, you do realize that the only difference between a singlespeed and a fixie is the rear hub, right? You could buy (or borrow) a fixed hub wheel to put in your On-One. I think you told me that your SS will have disks, so this won't work for you:
I know someone who will probably hook you up with a loaner fixie wheel to see if you really like it before buying a bike. Let me know. I'll be at ACM.
Umsies, the easiest/best route for getting a bike with disc brakes ready to rock is through tomicog. The cog bolts where the brake rotor goes and should open the door to a couple more hub options.
I don't know which On One you are going to buy, or are planning on buying, but if you don't have the right drop outs, good chain tension is going to be difficult.
That Tomicog product is really creative. I could use that to convert my On-One Inbred 29er to a fixie on a temporary basis, but for road service I would change out the tires and I would hate to take it out of Whypass service.
The fixie On-One frames I was talking about are urban/road designs with horizontal dropouts. I have only read about them. I bet Shiggy has ridden them all.