[CR]Flip-flop Hub Question

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Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2006 20:35:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: John Barry <usazorro@yahoo.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
In-Reply-To: <p06230914c15193ad46e4@[]>
Subject: [CR]Flip-flop Hub Question

This is quite likely a very ignorant question, but I'll ask it anyways and risk providing a few chuckles at my expense.

I recently acquired a bicycle with a flip-flop hub. It is currently set up with a freewheel on one side, and nothing on the other. I'd like to take advantage of the other side, but it seems that it would not be practical to set it up with a fixed gear. I suppose I could do it, and use the derailleur essentially as a chain tensioner, but it seems that if I were to stop pedaling (out of habit from many years of exclusively riding freewheels), I could potentially damage the derailleur.

Am I correct in presuming that the only suitable arrangements would be to use fixed gear on both sides, or freewheels on both sides?

Thanks in advance,

John Barry
Mechanicsburg, PA, USA