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    removing deralieurs to make SS out of road

    i'm in japan, and i'm broke. so, i'm not gonna take my bike to an expensive shop, and i'm not about to buy tools/find spacers, etc.

    both my front and rear deralieurs are a bit FUBAR, so i'm thinking of just taking them off and shortening my chain. i figure, since i can't really shift, everything is flat and i'm pretty comfortable around 46-17, i may as well lose the weight. of course, i'd still have the unused six-gear cassette on the back and three chain rings to weigh me down.

    will this work?

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    If you have horizondal dropouts in the back, then yes. If not, you'll need a chain tensioner. An old beat up derailer will work just fine for that. Have fun

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    i see. thanks.

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    You can't guarantee that your beloved 46x17 will work with your vertical dropouts. Maybe you'll get lucky, and you'll get good tension. Most likely not.

    It's best to use a SS cog and spacers. You may end up needing a tensioner also, if you can't find a "magic gear" that will work perfectly with your chainstay length.

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