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Removing the front derailleur from a bike...
I recently aquired an old fuji something or other with downtube shifters. It's crap, so i'm thinking of setting it up as a dedicated bike for my trainer. My gf rides the same size bike as i do (which happens to be the size of the fuji), so it'll work out nicely.
Since we both ride fg primarily (with 165mm cranks), i was thinking of replacing the cranks on the fuji. Then i realized that instead of going crazy looking for 165mm road cranks only to settle for 170 (or, more likely, 172.5), i could simply remove the front derailleur/chanrings/crank/bb that're in place and replace them with an old 165 sugino ___ (i forget), ___ bottom bracket i have laying around, some random chainring and keep the rear derailleur/cassette for switching to different intensities during intervals.
Is this feasible? Is there anything i have to keep in mind when approaching something like this? I can't think of any reasons why this won't work, but then again i'm not a mechanic and am still a bit lost when it comes to anything other than basic derailleur adjustments.