is it possible to make a track bike(fixie) with a road bike frame?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Well, it technically won't be a track bike, but yeah, you can convert a road bike to be fixed. My bike is a converted 83 Fuji 12-speed. The main thing to look for is a bike that has horizontal drop-outs, because it will be a whole lot easier than trying to do a bike with vertical drops (though that can be done). Typically most modern road bikes have vertical drops though, so you will most likely be using an older road frame (like from a 10 speed or whatever). I too am posting the article by Sheldon Brown, as it is basically the holy book of fixed gear conversions. I have it linked specifically to the part about drop outs though, since that's what I was talking about. http://www.sheldonbrown.com/fixed-conversion.html#...
- Anonymous1 decade ago
a lot of *real* tracks prohibit converted road bikes
reason - their bottom brackets are too low
danger of scraping a pedal on the track and wrecking is too high
it;s also not great to ride these on the street either
since you have to always pedal, there is a higher chance that you will scrape a pedal and wreck in a turn
but people still do it
you can get shorter cranks and pedals that don;t stick out as far, but the problem still remains
get horizontal dropouts, like someone else said
- CarlosLv 71 decade ago
Yes. A lot of people do this.
Here are the details: http://sheldonbrown.com/fixed-conversion.html