I am interested in converting my 2004 huffy broadmoor into a single speed.
I have a few issues:
#1. I can't afford to buy a new bike like a Bianchi that I would rather have instead..
#2. I need to re-position my seat further back(?) because I am having some slight pains in my knees because I am too far forward over the pedals... I've tried shifting my butt farther back on the seat while pedaling and I feel the load come off of my knees... Any suggestions to help with this issue?
#3. I want to get rid of the gear shift system since it only really works at all the way down, or all the way up ... anywhere in between, it just clicks and slips down to the next gear... I Figure that the easiest way to do this, is to just remove the rear shift mechanism and install a shorter chain on the smallest sprocket(?)...
#4. 1 out of 10 times that I jump over a sidewalk edge, the chain comes off of the front sprocket.. (I think that converting to a single speed will fix this because it will make the chain more rigid by eliminating the shifter thing on the back(?)).
#5. I want to make the bike lighter. Perhaps swapping out the entire back sprocket pack for a single sprocket (?) perhaps the local LBS can do this for me for a reasonable price but I don't want to spend that much $$ either !
#6. My butt gets a little sore after 10+ miles of non-stop riding.. I think it has something to do with the shape of the seat ... I have one of those spring-loaded seats that is kind of wide... I find myself standing up to pedal just to relieve the pain for a little while then I can sit back down... I've never really ridden a bike with one of those skinny racing seats and I'm kind of scared of using one... but if that will somehow alleviate the soreness, then I'm willing to try it... anyone have a good seat suggestion for a commuter / weekend pirate biker ?
#7. I want to go faster. I find myself pedaling as hard as I can, but I can't seem to make this thing go any quicker.. I think maybe 15 mph is my top speed (if that)... I think this can be fixed by getting a bigger front sprocket(?)... again... I may have to turn to the LBS for this one... What is a good suggested gear ratio for going faster ??
... Ok, besides suggesting for me to buy another bike, what do you all suggest that I do ?