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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 05-17-08, 09:22 PM   #1
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Ghetto singlespeed.

Today I was riding and I saw a guy riding an old ten speed with both deraillers removed.
He just looped the chain over the existing 5-speed freewheel and just prayed for a good chainline I guess.
I dunno, is this something people have seen before I've missed out on?
It seems like a no cost conversion method, but I'm not sure how effective it is compared to an actual singlespeed freewheel.

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Old 05-17-08, 09:24 PM   #2
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u should take a class on story telling
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when did bikes have 2 derailleurs?
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Old 05-17-08, 10:35 PM   #5
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Front and rear.
Unless the front one has another name I'm not familiar with.
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There are at least 3 people at work who are rocking that exact setup. It appears to work really well for them and their rusty 10-speeds.
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Old 05-17-08, 11:13 PM   #7
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You need to get out more, enough said.
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Old 05-17-08, 11:55 PM   #8
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can you change the title. there is no need to use the word ghetto.
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Old 05-18-08, 12:11 AM   #9
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I wish..

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Today I was riding and I saw a guy riding an old ten speed with both deraillers removed.
He just looped the chain over the existing 5-speed freewheel and just prayed for a good chainline I guess.
I dunno, is this something people have seen before I've missed out on?
It seems like a no cost conversion method, but I'm not sure how effective it is compared to an actual singlespeed freewheel.
I wish that somebody...ANYBODY...would manufacture a bike that wouldn't need to be converted..........

http://www.brokenfixedsouthsound.com/
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Old 05-18-08, 12:33 AM   #10
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when did bikes have 2 derailleurs?
lulz, r u serious?
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Old 05-18-08, 12:44 AM   #11
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I wish that somebody...ANYBODY...would manufacture a bike that wouldn't need to be converted..........

http://www.brokenfixedsouthsound.com/
Just so you know, your link does not work.
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Old 05-18-08, 02:09 AM   #12
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I ran one for a while, until I bent the axle and folded the crank:
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edit: I had to run the chain super-tight so it didnt change grars and slip while I was riding, cheap serrated nuts didnt help either, and that's how I guess I broke the crank and axle
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i jam my thumbs up and back into the tubes. this way i can point my fingers straight out in front to split the wind and attain an even more aero profile, and the usual fixed gear - zen - connectedness feeling through the drivetrain is multiplied ten fold because my thumbs become one with the tubing.
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Old 05-18-08, 02:59 AM   #13
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Used that till the freewheel fell apart. The rear wheel was so out of true; brakes didn't work.
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Old 05-18-08, 01:16 PM   #14
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Old 05-18-08, 01:27 PM   #15
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does the OP have a closed head injury ?
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Old 05-18-08, 01:34 PM   #16
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I've seen this a few dozen times for sure - very common in Philadelphia. In fact, I set up my ex-gfs bike exactly the same way. It's not ideal, but if you don't want to muck around with old-ass shifters, it's a good way to get a retired bike working again.
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i did it to my old mountain bike for fun. had to carry a spanner with me everywhere just incase the chain jumped up a gear and got jammed.
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i did it to my old mountain bike for fun. had to carry a spanner with me everywhere just incase the chain jumped up a gear and got jammed.
exactly what happened with mine, except I always forgot wrench
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Old 05-18-08, 02:22 PM   #19
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I did it as my 'friend' bike, it holds up well when people come over.
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Old 05-18-08, 02:49 PM   #20
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I did it on a mountain bike i got for free so i didn' thave to spend any money making it into a SS
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Old 05-18-08, 03:05 PM   #21
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its as efficient as a ss freewheel, just free and you have the option of changing gears between rides if you have clearance in the drop outs
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Old 05-18-08, 07:49 PM   #22
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It's also a valid fix on hardtail MTBs to limp home when you total your rear derailleur, provided you have a chain tool.
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I think I ran a bike like that for two years and almost 1000 miles.
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my boss just did this to a kids bike the other day at the bike shop i work at. funny thing is he had no idea what a single speed bike was he just couldnt afford to fix it right. hahaa (hes so money he dosent even know hes money)
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may have something what size wheel 27 700 26 ? and a exact lenght of the steer tube 5$ plus shiping
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