I just picked up my new flat bar road bike, and want to make some changes to my Iron Horse Transit 1.0 ( http://ready2beat.com/sports/other/i...-commuter-bike ). I want this bike to be a camping/commuter bike, and plan to put 700x32 cyclocross tires on it. The FSA cranks started making a loud annoying clicking noise after 600 miles or so. I live in southern New Jersey, which is almost entirely flat, and really only use the center chain ring of the triple that is currently on the bike.
I would like to switch to a single crankset, and eliminate the front derailleur all together. The bike has a 8-speed casette. Will any single crankset work??...or do I need something specific for a 8-speed set-up? I know this might be a stupid question, but when I search for single cranksets, most them say they will work with 9/10 speed systems. What length BB would I want to go with the single speed crankset? Should I just get a double and use the big chain ring as a guard?
Any input would be appreciated. I've done some reseach on this, but am still confused.