Building a single speed – assistance appreciated!
you can take any route you like old bean!
none is better than another, and if your on a budget, and its for a bike thats likely to be left out in the rain, then a spares/seconds bin bike is a gooood plan.
the simpler the better 🙂
the only thing to consider is that there is a whole heap of torque inflicted on the drivechain in SS riding (up any kind of incline at least) in comparison to a geared bike.
a cheap wheel should be treated with care.
if its a cartridge freehub unit, you will find there is a single bearing race somewhere along the freehubs length.
i would advise that you put the sprocket ontop/over this bearing.
it prevents lateral forces on the bearings and makes them, the freehub mechanism, and (the most probably cheese) axel last a lot longer in my experience.
i went for a second hand hope xc wheel in the end, with two bearings along the width of the freehub, and another two in the hub, so no worrys about knackereing them.
i pressume you will need a tensioner on that frame?, many types availible, in two categories.Posted 8 years ago
fixed and sprung.
most work just like a mech, infact i know people who just use old knackered mechs, with the high and low stops screwed right in to fix it in one positions.
i prefer fixed tensioners myself, much simpler, less to go wrong, but require a 2 second (literally) looking at every month or so as the chain wears.
if your missing parts, im sure a nosey on here or the classifieds will sort you out…OllyMember
….also if you get a fixed tensioner, there is no problem using a ramped chainring.
because there is no “give” in teh chain, it CANT jump over the shorter teeth, as it could on a sprun loaded tensioner.
one of the reasons i went down this route is because “tired” 32 tooth chainrings are ten a penny, a non ramped SS specific one is at LEAST a tenner.
when i change the middle ring on my trance, i generally put the old one on my SS, and throw the SS one away.
by using this handmedown system, my SS now has hayes nine brakes, light-ish hope wheels, LX crankset and Zocchi sus forks :sPosted 8 years ago
now i cant leave it lying around in the scummier areas.
need another beater bike!
Olly – top response fella, plenty to think about. I like the hand me down route.Posted 8 years ago
Chela – as I don’t have a spare chainring (the ones on the old bike have as many teeth left as my 86 year old dad!) I think I will invest in a kit and start from there.
So shopping list now includes: used front wheel, aheadset, street tyres, anyone got any bits they want to part with?
Hi All, ok got my poor mans full sussie and I love it, but can’t use it for the scoot into work as it has to sit outside. So, I have an old steel cindercone frame from the early 90s, and a few other odds and sods floating around the garage – seatpost, wheels, fork.Posted 8 years ago
I have seen a conversion kit on bikemongers website – is this the best route or should I be sourcing bits individually – if the latter any pointers towards “economical” bits (ie no titanium) and good suppliers.
Any help appreciated.
I can donate a dmr tension seeker some rear spacers and a chris king “king Kog” to singlespeed ya back end fella. Also got a propper 32 front chain ring you can have as well. drop me an email if you’re interested and I’ll lob ’em in the post for you.
you can also try a half link chain which means you can normally run without a chain tensioner.. worked lovely for me, until I upgraded to a pukka singlespeed frame.
Just gone to a lovely phil wood kiss off hub so lots of ss bits knocking about to further the one speed revolution 😉Posted 8 years ago
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