Bicycle Repair – Playing With Wheel Dish Axle Spacing – BikemanforU How to use your old rear wheel to build a fixie from your 10 or 12 speed road bike. Free shipping on bike parts, tires, tools, and accessories at Learn how to guess and test by playing with the axle spacing on your hub. See if you can fudge the spacing by a few millimeters. Apply copious amounts of patience and you might prevail. If you find yourself getting drastic with extreme measures, though, you may want to think about a flip flop hub rear wheel for your fixed gear bicycle.BikemanforU says he knew this wheel wouldn’t dish right, but his point in this tutorial is to show us the value of experimenting. This video is part three in a fixie conversion from YouTube’s guru of bicycle repair. Check out the full playlist at Subscribe to our channel for new do-it-yourself vids on bicycle repair and maintenance for a chance to win prizes and giveaways. Like us on Follow us on


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  • Exactly what u was looking for … SUB

  • One option is to get a half-link chain. It is not a bad idea to have all fixed gear bikes outfitted with Half Link chains. Half link chains provide the benefit of better chain alignment, precise adjustments and better strength compared to a standard chain. If BikemanforU does not have them, do a search on Google.

  • You should have kept it original and you wouldn't have these problems. I hate seeing good older bicycles being stripped of their gears and mutated.

  • wasnt joking haha i thought i read it somewhere that it might work. ah k thanks for the tip man, i'll do some measurements n see if filing will be any help. dam so close yet so far =[

  • i do have a 53? opposed to the 42 in the front. rear wheel is 16

  • the chain is new (full link, kmc) and the wheelset are new too, the bike is a 1980 Le Man Centurion racer. is it possible to put a half link among the full links lol?

  • How does repositioning the quick release help? That is outside the dropouts; it is either tight or loose. It is the spacing inside the dropouts that needs adjusting.

    A single sprocket or fixed sprocket is actually more ideal than multiple gears as the hub AND the rim can be as close to the centerline as possible. It is only when adding thick freewheels or cassettes that the wheel needs to be pulled over to the right, or dished, to keep it centered.

  • Kann die helfen Nick! Komme auch aus Deutschland hab auch nen 6 speeder ! Du musst die Schnellspanner neu positionieren, das hat bei mir geholfen!

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  • Playing with spacers is great to an extent, but if the rim does not run centered between the dropouts and/or the chain geometry is off the bike will never ride right. As Steve Sulkowski mentions, tolerances on bikes are pretty flexible. However, the flip side to that is correctly set up quality bikes ARE well thought out and fairly precise.

    You need to pull the wheel to the right or add more dish. Tension the spokes on that side.

    Google: The Art of Wheelbuilding for online PDF.

  • Good vid, i think its funny how people think bikes are built to some exacting standard. If they were they wouldn't need spacers and washers. Just my view, i could be wrong!

  • your chain has stretched … Time for new chain

  • It is time for a new wheel.. That is going to be easiest way.. 

  • what should i do if the position of my axle in the drop out is all the way back but the chain tension is still abit loose? ive removed one chain link and it is too far forward coming near the edge of the dropout looking abit unsafe. i heard you can file down axle/dropouts but i dont have much to spare lol

  • Thanks Bikeman, been wanting this video for a while!!

  • These Videos have been a great help when making a single speed I have watched every one in this series !!! I have spent alot of time making these type of wheels work I would recomend doing the way you are doing Much easier than Fabricating parts Which I have done 

  • A while back I repack my bearings,when I reinstalled the wheel and cog the chain was rubbing against the frame. I had figured it was the wheel or the frame that was bent .but after closely inspecting other bikes I noticed there was a small nut and a larger nut so I flipped them and presto problem solved


  • More fun to re-dish the wheel! :-P

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