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    Senior Member daveed's Avatar
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    Can I put a derailer on?

    Hi,
    Hope everyone is enjoying the summer. Meanwhile, I was wondering if it's possible to put a derailer on an older steel frame with semi-horizontal dropouts but no derailer hanger -- permanent or otherwise. Right now the bike is a single speed. I want to convert it to a geared bike using a relatively new Shimano Deore rear derailer but right now I don't see how this is possible becuase there is no place to screw it on.

    Any ideas?

    Thank you.
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    Yep, you just need an adaptor claw: http://sheldonbrown.com/gloss_aa-l.html#adaptor

    It's a metal tap that fits into your rear dropout and has a derailer thread. It is held in place by the axle nuts or skewer. Any LBS can sell you one for about a buck...
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    Senior Member daveed's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by moxfyre
    Yep, you just need an adaptor claw: http://sheldonbrown.com/gloss_aa-l.html#adaptor

    It's a metal tap that fits into your rear dropout and has a derailer thread. It is held in place by the axle nuts or skewer. Any LBS can sell you one for about a buck...

    Many thanks. Mox. You're always helpful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveed
    Many thanks. Mox. You're always helpful!

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    You've got a couple more problems to solve. A multi-gear hub is going to be wider than your single speed hub was so you'll have to do something with the rear triangle and you'll have to figure out cable routing.

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