Just pick the gear that you want. Take off the rear derailleur and shorten the chain so it fits the gear combo you have chosen. When you adjust the chain legnth, start with rear wheel set towards the front of the dropouts, that way you have some space to adjust the chain tension.
Did this for many years on a Schwinn 10spd that I used for a winter snow commuter. Never threw the chain.
That is assuming the bike has horizontal dropouts which isn't very common on today's frames.
Originally Posted by San Rensho
hahaa lol funny. I did away with the shifter and then set the high-limit screw to the gear i felt would give me decent starting torque & around a 19-20 MPH top speed.
Originally Posted by ctp
Also i may get rid of the derailleur and shorten the chain. But how do you shorten a chain??
If you have horizontal dropouts, do this:
Cheap, easy, fun.
[don't forget to oil your chain, like I did. ]
Riding in the snow rocks!
To shorten a chain, you need a special chain tool available at a bike shop.
Cool SS. Also what are the benefits of riding SS??