Newbie - chromed chains and converting MTB to (part) fixie?
I'm a total newbie, I'm very fascinated by alt bikes but I'm not exactly a pro-DYI kind of guy (and English is not my native language so I hope I'll make myself understood...)
Anyways, since I got a new MTB, I was thinking of doing something on my former '94 Bianchi MTB so first thing I am dismantling it to have the frame painted and I am waiting the clear my mind as to how to proceed further.
I realise that I will not be able to have a rear fixed-speed gear (or an inner wheel gear) since the dropouts are vertical and I need to adjust the chain tension somehow, right? I mean I could probably find some eccentric axle to get around the problem but I don't want to get too complicated on my first altbike.
The real question is this: since I'm fascinated by those colourful/chromed chains, would it make sense to have them on a bike with speeds or the derailer would be too greasy and dirty and make it messy from the first moment?
In case it is advisable, would it make sense to keep the derailer on the rear and get a single gear at the front?