I want to convert my old mountain to singlespeed so that it doesn't just end up sitting in my garage getting no use, I like the look of the bike and think it's gonna look even better with all the cheap and ugly gear stuff taken off The bike's a 1998 Ridgeback something-or-other, aluminium frame, low end Shimano components (Acera/Alivio mix) with a rigid fork. It has vertical dropouts so I'd use a Singulator to allow me to experiment with different cogs etc.. I want to try and keep this cheap until I hopefully get the singlespeed addiction Well anyway, I have a couple of questions before I get stuck into this:
Chainline. The rear hub is threadon freewheel, so I would just replace the old and busted freewheel with a new singlespeed one. I understand I would then need to respace/redish the rear wheel, does that just involve moving/replacing some spacers and tweaking the spoke tensions to bring the rim back to center ? Should I be trying to get the rear cog to line up with my existing middle chainring ? Is that the normal chainline for a MTB conversion ?
Chainring/crank. My crankset is one of those nasty cheap affairs that is held together by rivets. To start with I would probably just stick with it and run the chain on the middle chainring. In the future I'd want to remove the granny gear and replace the big ring with a bashguard, would I be able to just drill out the rivets and replace them with crankbolts ? If not then I guess I would just get some replacement square taper crankarms.
OK, I think that's all for now, be prepared for more questions in the near future Thanks!