Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Columbus, OH
Bikes: '08 Surly Cross-Check, 2011 Redline Conquest Pro, 2012 Spesh FSR Comp EVO, 2015 Trek Domane 6.2 disc
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Sounds like what you need is a new chain, not a new bike.
Choices for singlespeeding that are going to be:
A) Keep the current cassette and chainrings, just find the gear you like then strip off the front derailleur and shorten the chain while using the current rear der. as a tensioner
B) Do as above but buy a tensioner and replace the rd.
C) Get a singlespeed kit and go all out: Pull the cassette, put on a proper chain tensioner, pull the crank and remove the inner ring, replace the outer ring with a guard and use either of the middle or big rings on the middle position.
Heck, if you've got nearly $300 to go with you can get a decent singlespeed specific rear wheel built up and still have $$ left over for a good chain. I prefer SRAM chains because the PowerLink makes them easy to remove for cleaning.
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