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    The Brutally Handsome Sizzle-Chest's Avatar
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    using a spoke to set derailer on SS

    some guy once told me that he uses a short piece of a spoke instead of cable to set the rear derailer to a fixed position so that he can have chain tension with verticle dropouts on his single speed. i don't know how to describe it any better, but he basically uses a spoke in the rear derailer where the cable would usually go, which eliminates having to run cable up to a useless shifter to hold tension. has anyone heard of this or know how it's done?
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    once again i have answered my own question but i cannot delete my own post! so, for anyone interested in a homebrew single speed chain tensioner, here you go. i had to find the right derailer, but it works pretty slick to just slip a spoke through and clamp it down.

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    you don't need a useless shifter if you use a piece of cable.
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    i tried and it didn't work because your keeping the tension out not in, so a cable in place of the spoke just bends while a spoke is rigid enough to keep the derailer pushed out.
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    (i think he meant if you use a cable then you have a functioning shifter instead)
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    last i checked you don't need a shifter on a single speed
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    can't you just get screws to set the hi-low in the gear you wan't, i'm quite possibly wrong but i belive thats how a buddy did it a few years back

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