Replace A Fixed Sprocket

Introduction

Replacing a fixed sprocket on a single speed bike requires some specialist tools. A chain-whip is used to grab the fixed sprocket so that you can unscrew it from the thread on the wheel hub. It can be difficult to remove a fixed sprocket that has been on for a long time, due to the fact that the power of the drive screws the sprocket on tighter. Although for this same reason, you can easily mount a fixed sprocket by hand. When you replace the wheel, take care to make sure you have the correct chain line and tension.

This is a long guide, so you can choose to either watch the entire video above, or follow it in smaller chunks by clicking on the individual steps below.

Steps to Replace A Fixed Sprocket:

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1. Remove A Rear Wheel With Wheel Nuts

Follow this guide to be sure your rear wheel is roadworthy before you head out for a ride.

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2. Remove A Fixed Sprocket

A fixed gear bike has a single fixed sprocket screwed onto a thread on the back wheel. The power of the drive screws the sprocket on tighter.

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3. Mount A Fixed Sprocket

A fixed gear bike has a single fixed sprocket screwed onto a thread on the back wheel. The power of the drive screws the sprocket on tighter.

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4. Mount a Non-Derailleur Rear Wheel &

The length of the chain can only be adjusted in increments of 1 inch(link). On a derailleur bike a spring loaded arm holds the chain in tension. If the bike has only one position for the chain the distance between the cog-wheel connected to the pedals that pulls the chain, and the cog wheel on the rear wheel that the chain pulls must be exactly right.