I'm a compulsive bike addict and I just purchased a 1994 Schwinn CrissCross from a craigslister. The original idea was to build it into a cross bike but now I'm thinking maybe a SS would be nice. I'm not a bike mechanic, nor do I pretend to be so I was wondering if someone could help me in figuring what parts I'd need to convert this bike to a single speed.
My bike looks identical to the one in this picture:
Here are the Stats for the bike (right-most column)
What i believe to be the relevant information for a SS conversion:
Cranks: Shimano Altus 170mm, 28/38/48T
Freewheel: Hypergear, 7 speed, 12-28T
I have the idea that I can get a kit similar to the Nashbar kit linked below to convert the rear wheel to be SS.
For the front, I think I need some spacers that fill the gaps left from turning my triple into a single crank. (Not sure where these spacers come from though?)
This bike has "touring" bars with integrated brake/shift levers so i believe I would also need to pick up some MTB style levers to make the brakes work.
I have 2 main questions...
• Will the parts I posted work to convert this bike to SS?
• Based on how little I know about wrenching on bikes am I getting in way over my head?