Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Athens, Ohio
Bikes: Custom Custom Custom
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Heres what I did.
Pull off all derailleurs, cables, and shifters. took off two chainrings. You'll need a crank puller to get the granny gear off. Remove the cassette, replace with a single cog and spacers. Add a chain tensioner. break Chain to proper length.
I had a Sram cassette and they come apart really easily. The cluster is held together with a screw unlike my Shimano cassette which was rivited. You'll have to play around with the spacers to get a proper chain line. I used a spacer kit from Misfit Psycles (http://www.misfitpsycles.com
) and a Surly Singleator. Cost me about $50. You can do it cheaper if you go for a knockoff singleator. There are a lot of kits that include spacers, tensioner and sometimes a cog and lockring. Search single speed on ebay.
I run 32x18. Its really slow but it gets me up the hill to my house. I'm actually going to do a 32/36 x 16/18 so I get 32x18 for the huge hill, and 36x16 for flat. Its only a two tooth difference and the singleator can take that slack.