Hmmmm, I have a steel hardtail build project all lined up and waiting. I'm now, however, pondering the option of making it into a SS.
Original intent was to go 3 x 9 ( okay, flame away, I'm so not wid da kidz ), so having not done any SS since my very first bike circa 45years ago, what would I need to make this 'let's relive my early years' desire happen?
My brief googling has thrown up various kits from the likes of DMR, On-One, Sheldon Brown and some other how to's. From reading these pages I'm of the understanding that it's better for the existing free hub if I fit a thicker specific rear cog and a 'push-up' tensioner better than a 'push-down' as more teeth on the rear are engaged. Both suggestions making sense to me. What are your collective and possibly disparate thoughts and advice on this please?
Next is would I be able to use/modify the triple chainset I've got in mind? It's a 9sp LX. Or shall I just get a specific SS chainring with the 104BCD? Or do I go for a SS crankset? If so, which one?
This brings me onto chains, clearly I can't use the 9sp chain, but what's with the two differing sizes seemingly available for SS? What determines which size I go for?
I've been laid off regular riding for quite a few months, due to quite a few reasons, so I'm not feeling particularly fit and or strong, so I'm thinking a ratio of 32:18 could be a good starting point. My riding is predominantly XC in, but mainly out, of QECP and trails off the SDW in that area.
Your help and advice would be much appreciated