Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - Singlespeed with Vertical Dropouts and No Tensioner???
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05-24-08, 11:44 AM
Hey everyone, I have an old Centurion CompTA with vertical droupouts and I wanted to convert it to a singlespeed, however the wheel I have is a quick release (with a casette). .
Is there a way I can use this same wheel (with the skewers) and NOT have to use a chain tensioner? Please say yes.
05-24-08, 11:53 AM
Why yes, but you'll need an eccentric bottom bracket. Or you could try the magic gear combo. and maybe a half link to get you there.
Not sure I'd want to use a quick release on my rear hub, though.
05-24-08, 12:17 PM
What would I do about this problem if I had a horizontal dropout?
05-24-08, 12:18 PM
Unless you want to ride fixed, a chain tensioner really isn't that bad to have. I wouldn't reccomend riding fixed with a quickrelease though. (If you backpedaled quickly, you could rip your rear wheel right out.)
+1 for the eccentric bottom bracket. You might also consider a half chain link
05-24-08, 12:19 PM
With a horizontal dropout, you probably have enough adjustability to make your chain as tight as you need it. If you don't quite have enough, a half link would most likely solve your problem.
05-24-08, 02:58 PM
Whoa - deja vu: http://eehouse.org/fixin/formfmu.php
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