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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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    u should take a class on story telling
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    when did bikes have 2 derailleurs?
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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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    You need to get out more, enough said.

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    can you change the title. there is no need to use the word ghetto.
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    I wish..

    Quote Originally Posted by FarAwayBoy View Post
    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..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by K_phomma View Post
    when did bikes have 2 derailleurs?
    lulz, r u serious?

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    Quote Originally Posted by napoland View Post
    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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    I ran one for a while, until I bent the axle and folded the crank:
    Shame I don't have any better photos:





    Folded Crank:


    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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    Used that till the freewheel fell apart. The rear wheel was so out of true; brakes didn't work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetank View Post
    You need to get out more
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    does the OP have a closed head injury ?
    derailleur? I hardly know her
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by blamire View Post
    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
    Quote Originally Posted by cc700 View Post
    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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    I did it as my 'friend' bike, it holds up well when people come over.
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    This is SSFG. Nothing is logical here.

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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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    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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    It's also a valid fix on hardtail MTBs to limp home when you total your rear derailleur, provided you have a chain tool.
    It's bad when you're 19 and people consider you an "old geezer" in the current FG community.

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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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