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Old 05-24-08, 10:44 AM   #1
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Singlespeed with Vertical Dropouts and No Tensioner???

Hey everyone, I have an old Centurion CompTA with vertical droupouts and I wanted to convert it to a singlespeed, however the wheel I have is a quick release (with a casette). .

Is there a way I can use this same wheel (with the skewers) and NOT have to use a chain tensioner? Please say yes.
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Why yes, but you'll need an eccentric bottom bracket. Or you could try the magic gear combo. and maybe a half link to get you there.

Not sure I'd want to use a quick release on my rear hub, though.

Read this:
http://sheldonbrown.com/singlespeed.html
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What would I do about this problem if I had a horizontal dropout?
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Unless you want to ride fixed, a chain tensioner really isn't that bad to have. I wouldn't reccomend riding fixed with a quickrelease though. (If you backpedaled quickly, you could rip your rear wheel right out.)

+1 for the eccentric bottom bracket. You might also consider a half chain link
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With a horizontal dropout, you probably have enough adjustability to make your chain as tight as you need it. If you don't quite have enough, a half link would most likely solve your problem.
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Whoa - deja vu: http://eehouse.org/fixin/formfmu.php
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