I'm just getting into bike repair, and had a question about a thrift store bike I'm fixing up. It's an Iverson 3-speed cruiser with an internal hub (an old Shimano I believe) and normal brakes. I'm trying to make it into a single speed to ride around my city.
Currently, I have an end nut on the end of my axle to hold the pin in and engage the gear, but this makes for a very uncomfortable ride. I was wondering how else I could make it a single speed. I was thinking:
1) Can I use the same back wheel I currently have and put a BMX-style single-speed freewheel on it?
2) Is there any way to turn this into a single speed internal hub? I have access to a bike co-op near me with tons of used parts, and I've read that single speed cruisers exist.
Thanks a lot. I'm welcoming any ideas at this point.