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Picked this one up for $60 today. Rust on the stem and some bolts, dirty seatpost and rims, somewhat worn tires, and somewhat chipped paint, though no rust on the frame (maybe it's aluminum?).
It has V-brakes, and 8-speed gripshifted cassette with an Acera X derailer, 20 inch wheels, and the typical folding system of drop seat-flip bars-fold frame. A big plus is quickrelease everything, meaning there's no need for anything but a multi-tool. It does, however, need a headlight, and a new front tube to be properly rideable.
As usual I have a few questions:
One- I want to make it a singlespeed, single-brake (front) bike. Part of this is recouping the money I spent (cash is tight right now) so I would need to be able to sell the rear cassette, derailer, shifter etc.
First off, is a 50t chainring, 12t sprocket with 20 inch wheels a good gearing? For reference, my 29er has a 44t/20t.
Second, what would a bike shop charge just to remove the cassette? And if it is just a cassette, how can I get a single-speed on there? Do they even sell singlespeed cogs in a small size (12t or so)?
Third, what's your preferred tire? I ride on mostly good pavement but run across the occasional bumpy road and dirt path, and some hills.
Fourth, is there a backpack that could carry the bike plus a change of clothes, a couple of books and a small bag of miscellanious items?How much would it cost?