Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - SS Creation
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09-30-08, 10:40 PM
I'm working on getting a single speed together but first I have a few questions. I'm building it all of out parts from the co-op here unless there's something that they dont have.
Should I use a freewheel or cassette rear hub? I was thinking that cassette would be better because all that I have to do is slide on the cog size I want and then its all set. Am I thinking about this right? If I use a freewheel then I would need to buy a single speed sprocket, so that's why I was thinking cassette.
I shouldnt need any sort of chain tensioner as the frame that I will be using has horizontal dropouts, right?
Is there any other advice or important things that I'm missing?
10-01-08, 10:06 AM
I would say that cassette would be the better choice provided that you have a rear wheel that has one. It depends on what type of rear hub you have. If the rear wheel you have takes a a free wheel, you don't really have much of a choice. You'd have to use a single speed free wheel and probably re dish the wheel to get your chainline straight. However, if you have a rear wheel with a cassette, all you would need is whatever size sprocket you want on the back and spacers to get the chainline straight.
Correct, you probably will not need a chain tensioner if your bike has horizontal dropouts.
10-01-08, 11:38 AM
Alright. I can most likely get whichever wheel that I would want. The co-op gets donated bikes and then you can build your own using all the tools and parts found there after you do some volunteer hours.
I know that they have alot of 7-8-9 speed cassettes and some of them have been broken apart, so I can just use whatever size I want out of that group and then use spacers on either side?
10-02-08, 05:58 AM
Anyone have any more advice?
10-02-08, 06:08 AM
Do you have spacers?
Get the highest quality hub you can get and go from there.
Advantages to cassette: if you want to go geared later, you can.
10-02-08, 03:04 PM
I dont know exactly what they have available as its not organized all that well, but I'm heading there tonight and will see what I can get my hands on.
10-02-08, 03:30 PM
heres the conversion spacer kit you can buy if you want to use a gear rear hub. just choose the cog size you want and use the spacer to give you a perfect chain line.
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