Potential newbie here
I looked in my garage and realized that I had too many geared bikes.
I'm wondering about other cyclists first steps toward SS/FG (ignoring the fact that we ALL started as Single speed bikers in our youths')
My first baby steps:
I'm looking to convert the Dawes Galaxy (a fine old steed) to Single Speed (alas, my knees will demand a freewheel).
But I've been timid about the whole process (cost, procedure, the idea of ripping all the old stuff off the bike). I've done plenty of research and the folks down at Revolution Cycle in Madison have given me a wealth of info.
LAst night I decided to take a step and removed the Front Derailleur along with DT lever and cable, and the large Chain ring. Remounted small chainring (fits tight, but will need some shorter bolts). I rode the bike around as a 5-speed cruiser and it did indeed feel a bit liberating to have less 'stuff' on the bike. I rekon I should ride it and keep it in certain gears to figure which gear gives me what I need. The small chainring is a 40 so I'm leaning towards a 17-18 on the back. Bike has some straight bars, but I'm thinking some downbars will be better.
I'm selling some old bike stuff to pay to have a wheel built right w/track hub (don't try to convince me to use what I got...) plus the cog... planning to use it as a winter commuter.
I'm just curious about how some of you came to the lean and mean