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How to use a flip flop hub
How to use a flip flop hub
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How to use a flip flop hub

A flip-flop hub (also known as a fixed/freewheel hub or flip-flop rear hub), is a type of bicycle hub that allows you to switch between a fixed gear and a freewheel setup. It offers versatility and the ability to ride in different styles depending on your preference. Our Harrier 2.0 and Blackhawk bikes feature this type of hub.

Understand the hub

A flip-flop hub has two sides, one with a fixed gear and the other with a freewheel. The fixed gear side has a cog directly attached to the hub, and the freewheel side allows the wheel to spin independently.

Determine your preferred setup

Decide whether you want to ride in a fixed gear or freewheel mode. Each mode has its advantages and riding characteristics. In the fixed gear mode, the rear cog is directly connected to the wheel, so whenever the wheel spins, the pedals rotate as well. This means you can't coast or stop pedalling while the bike is in motion. In the freewheel mode, you can coast and stop pedalling while the wheel keeps spinning freely.

Remove the rear wheel

If your bicycle doesn't have a quick-release mechanism, use a wrench or an Allen key to loosen the nuts or bolts holding the rear wheel in place. Carefully lift the wheel off the bike frame.

Flip the wheel

Flip the wheel around to switch between the fixed gear and freewheel sides of the hub. Some flip-flop hubs have a quick-release mechanism or a flip mechanism to switch sides easily, while others may require tools to disassemble and reassemble the hub.

Secure the wheel

Place the wheel back into the rear dropouts of the frame, ensuring that the chain is properly tensioned. Align the wheel in the centre and tighten the nuts or bolts to secure it in place. Make sure the wheel is straight and secure before riding.

Test and adjust

Once the wheel is properly installed, test the hub to ensure it is functioning correctly. If you chose the fixed gear mode, try pedalling and verify that the cog and wheel are rotating together. In the freewheel mode, pedal and then stop pedalling to check if the wheel spins independently.

Remember to exercise caution and practice riding techniques suitable for the mode you have selected. Riding a fixed gear bike requires additional skill and awareness, particularly when braking and navigating corners. Always wear appropriate safety gear, including a helmet, and follow local traffic laws.

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