You may know that frames built for fixed gear or single speed bikes have horizontal dropouts. What is one to do if their frame has vertical dropouts [like my Citi]? The magic given us by White Industries provides a solution to that problem, without having to buy a new frame. White Industries says:
Eric’s Eccentric ENO line of hubs are made specifically for bikes with vertical dropouts. The majority of bicycle frames made today are made with vertical dropouts, however, converting the frame to a single speed presents the problem of how to tension the chain. Chain tension with vertical frames can be addressed three ways by using a chain tensioner, using an eccentric bottom bracket, or with our eccentric ENO. The eccentric ENO is an easy, clean, and simple to use answer to the problem. The eccentric rear hub allows the rider to adjust the chain tension by simply rotating the elliptical axle ends up and back in the dropouts. As the hub rotates back the chain is pulled into tension. The eccentric ENO is available in two models: Eric’s Eccentric ENO and Eric’s Eccentric Disc ENO. The Eccentric ENO is a flip/flop design fixed/free. The disc model is ISO standard six bolt on non drive side and freewheel compatible on drive side. We recommend running the eccentric disc ENO with the eccentric caliper mount adaptor featured below. Made in the USA
It is because of the ENO magic that I reconsidered my former plan for a Shimano Alfine hub and decided to go for a lighter, less expensive drive setup. I have a cleaner solution, plus, as a single speed, this bike will take me back to memories of my youth. In addition, I get to ride a fixed gear bicycle for the first time.
As mentioned earlier, Faye has a date. A date with my LBS to complete her build. The next pictures of this bike, will be of her with all of her regalia.