RE: [CR]Wanted: 3/32" half-link

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From: "Mark Bulgier" <mark@bulgier.net>
To: "'CYCLESTORE@aol.com'" <CYCLESTORE@aol.com>, Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Cc: neill1234@yahoo.com
Subject: RE: [CR]Wanted: 3/32" half-link
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2001 23:23:52 -0800


Neill Currie writes:
> Anyone know where such a beast can be bought. I
> anticipate going from a 48 x 18 to a 46 x 18, and
> since I have semi-vertical dropouts, I'll need one.

There is a wonderful resource for fixed-gear riders who use vertical dropouts: The Fixed innovations web page, created by stalwart fixed-gear rider and creative guy Eric House. Find it at http://www.peak.org/~fixin/

The part you need is his "FixMeUp" program, that'll tell you which combinations of chainring and rear cog will work with a given chainstay length, to get the gear ratio you want. The java form of the program (http://www.peak.org/~fixin/javafmu.html) is the coolest, works in your web browser if you have Java on your computer. (He has links to get your Java up to speed if it isn't) He also has a stand-alone program (http://www.peak.org/~fixin/downloads.html) you can download and run on your PC or Mac, that doesn't need Java.

It's a bit complicated, and you need to measure your chainstay length very precisely, but he has excellent instructions - I'm just saying you may have to actually *read* 'em, however that may go against the guy code. Even how "stretched" or worn-out your chain is makes a difference in what gears will work, but his program deals with that too.

Check it out!

Mark Bulgier
Seattle, Wa
USA