I have an old 80's Schwinn Continental and I figured I'd convert it to a single speed b/c 1) it doesn't shift well anyway and 2) I use 1-2 gears at most anyway.
I don't want to spend a lot of money on it, and the main reasons I want to convert is to make it a little lighter and to make it more simple looking.
Can I just take off the deraillers and shifters and use the existing gears? (and then, shorten the chain I suppose) Yes it won't be as light as getting new gears, but how much would it cost to get ones to replace the front and rear?? Since the bike itself costed $30, I don't want to spend too much on new cranks/gears/whatever.
And also, what gear sizes in the front and rear would I want? What is the "norm" around here... I don't want something too, too high or too, too low.
Thanks! Sorry I'm a complete nub, but we all have to learn somewhere.