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    any singlespeed conversion clues on this old roadie

    I have seen this old raod bike on ebay and am thinking of using it to try my first single speed:

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....link:middle:au

    Some nice people on this site have helped me already - I know I need an eno rear hub to get chain tension right. Can someone spare some time to tell me what other things I might need to do. eg would I need to get a new rear rim, do I need a special BB?

    I want to keep this first effort cheap if possible.

    Thanks, Cal.

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    shifterbikes.com ....................................ask for dan , cry like a girl and hope to hell he helps you that bike on ebay is a waste of time and $$$$$$$$ ..any dramas pm me . cheers bloke

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    Quote Originally Posted by Son of ronex
    shifterbikes.com ....................................ask for dan , cry like a girl and hope to hell he helps you that bike on ebay is a waste of time and $$$$$$$$ ..any dramas pm me . cheers bloke
    What makes it a waste of time and money?
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    You don't need an eno hub for that frame. It has short horizontal drop outs, which allow for enough adjustment of the wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by br995
    What makes it a waste of time and money?
    Apollo bikes are really really crap. They are now and AFAIK they always were. Please correct me if I am wrong. For as long as I have known they have been a low-end brand pumping out cheap bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shogun17
    Apollo bikes are really really crap. They are now and AFAIK they always were. Please correct me if I am wrong. For as long as I have known they have been a low-end brand pumping out cheap bikes.
    If it were a nicer bike, he'd be getting flamed for ruining a classic bike. You can't win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose
    If it were a nicer bike, he'd be getting flamed for ruining a classic bike. You can't win.
    There's a huge gamut between 'low-end crap' and 'classic.'
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    This bike fits in between imo, lugged cro-mo (Tange 5, whatever that is) and forged(?) dropouts.

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    Thanks for the feedback on Apollo - there is no point spending the cash on a crap old frame if its always gonna be a crap old frame. I would rather spend more and get a decent old frame. I will keep searching.

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    I always see rad older track/path frames on ebay.au from time to time. I would keep checking. They seems to sell for around $100 AUD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose
    This bike fits in between imo, lugged cro-mo (Tange 5, whatever that is) and forged(?) dropouts.
    its not cro-mo. Tange 5 is straight guage hi-tensile steel. Crap.

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    ^^The Tang 5 decal says "Cr-mo tubing." It may be straight gauge, but it isn't hi-tensile, gas pipe crap. And I also see forged dropouts.

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    I grew up in Melbourne but never paid any attention to Appollo bikes b4 - strangely I saw an appollo "mountain bike" last night - the jjoins on the frame looked shifty as. Thanks for all the info I have a much better idea of what I am looking out for now. Cal.

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