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    adding gears to a SS mtb

    i have a single-speed mountain bike with a single-speed Paul WORD hub and i want to put some shifters and soforth on it.

    would it make more sense to add a second and third chainring to it and make it a three-speed bike, or get someone to trade me a multi-speed cassette wheel for the SS back wheel?

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    That or you could toughen up those leg muscles.
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    neither of those posts were helpful. the second one was exceptionally ignorant

    Quote Originally Posted by c_m_shooter View Post
    There aren't any hills in Texas, stick with the single speed.
    i live near "hill country" and there are plenty of hills. you should come visit san antoinio to ride some time. better yet, ride the highways north of san antonio in bulverde, pipe creek, bandera, boerne, etc. that might challenge your assumption that "there are no hills in texas."

    my doctor basically ordered me off the fixie i was riding because it was destroying my knees, so i need a geared bike. i want to keep my knees in somewhat working order for at least a few more years before they self-destruct.
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    Biggest problem you will have is the frame. Does it have a derailleur mount or replaceable dropouts so you can add a derailleur? If not then you either need to be very good at welding, know someone who is or pay for the work. Best to sell what ya have and buy new.

    If your dropouts are designed for a derailleur then just buy a new rr wheel (or just the hub) with an 11-34t cassette, a rear shifter and a derailleur. No need to get a double or triple up front as you are already used to "mashing" the ss up hills. If there is still to much pressure on yer knees then try dropping a couple teeth of the front as well.

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    here is what it looks like now. i did not build this, someone else built it like this and sold the bike to me-

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    Looks like all you need to do is run a cable to that derailleur, get a rear shifter and a new wheel w/cassette. dirtbikedude is right-a 1x8 or 9 makes the most sense and if you want to relieve more pressure get a smaller chainwheel up front.

    Oh, and you will likely need to either get a new chain or add links as that one will be too short to wrap around bigger cogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    neither of those posts were helpful. the second one was exceptionally ignorant



    i live near "hill country" and there are plenty of hills. you should come visit san antoinio to ride some time. better yet, ride the highways north of san antonio in bulverde, pipe creek, bandera, boerne, etc. that might challenge your assumption that "there are no hills in texas."

    my doctor basically ordered me off the fixie i was riding because it was destroying my knees, so i need a geared bike. i want to keep my knees in somewhat working order for at least a few more years before they self-destruct.

    I apologize if I was misunderstood, It was late and I meant that in a sarcastic way. I have ridden that area, we did a loaded tour from Fort Worth to San Antone and then to Corpus last spring, so I know what you mean.
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    no worries. sarcasm doesn't come across very well on the internet. i suspected you might mean that sarcastically, i should have given you the benefit of doubt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    no worries. sarcasm doesn't come across very well on the internet. i suspected you might mean that sarcastically, i should have given you the benefit of doubt.
    Fixie is a lame word.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProFail View Post
    Fixie is a lame word.
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    you need a rear mech and shifter, with cable/housing, and a new rear wheel with a cassette. shop around - sky is the limit on pricing, all depends on what you want to spend. check e-bay and craigslist if you are fine going used.

    doing it with more rings up front is doable, but you won't get very good ratios, and depending on how big a tooth difference between the rings, you'd need a new rear mech to help take up the chan slack when in the smaller ring anyhow.

    the rear mech there looks as if it's been chopped down to just the upper pulley wheel, just to be used as a tensioner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover View Post

    the rear mech there looks as if it's been chopped down to just the upper pulley wheel, just to be used as a tensioner.
    Erm, don't you think from that angle its kind of hard to tell whether or not the cage has been removed? Why would anybody do that, for that matter-without the cage there is no fore/aft spring action to tension the chain?

    Wait a minute, on closer inspection it is obvious that the cage has not been removed/cut. Take a closer look, scrub.

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