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Old 01-03-06, 01:02 AM   #1
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Quickie single speed conversion

Hey, I'm having fun modifying this Wal-Mart Roadmaster!

Step #1
Burn down factory brake pads & replace with better pads that have yet to show much wear.

Step #2
Burn down factory rear tire with 20+ mph skids thanks to new brake pads

Step #3
Remove front chainring Hey, I'm having fun modifying this Wal-Mart Roadmaster!

Step #1
Burn down factory brake pads & replace with better pads that have yet to show much wear.

Step #2
Burn down factory rear tire with 20+ mph skids thanks to new brake pads

Step #3
Remove front chainring derailleur and leave the chain on the 1st chainring. This leaves me with 22+ mph topspeed when on the highest rear gear.

Step #4 (Will be done tommorow)
Now I am at 100+ miles according to my cycle-computer and a top speed of around 25mph and getting tired of always tuning my crappy rear derailleur, I've been thinking about removing the shifter and going single speed.

I know this isn't the best way to go SS but if i remove the shifter cable and set the high-limit screw on the derailleur to the gear i want to use all the time I should have a rock-solid ride right??

thanks for your time...
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Old 01-03-06, 07:51 AM   #2
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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.
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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.
That is assuming the bike has horizontal dropouts which isn't very common on today's frames.
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I know this isn't the best way to go SS but if i remove the shifter cable and set the high-limit screw on the derailleur to the gear i want to use all the time I should have a rock-solid ride right??
I have the answer to the easiest, cheapest single speed conversion ever.

Pick one gear....then don't shift...voila!!!

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I have the answer to the easiest, cheapest single speed conversion ever.

Pick one gear....then don't shift...voila!!!

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.

Also i may get rid of the derailleur and shorten the chain. But how do you shorten a chain??
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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.
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Cool SS. Also what are the benefits of riding SS??
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