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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 05-24-08, 11:11 AM   #1
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on a shoe string

I'm trying to find inexpensive parts to build a single speed. I'm not finding much for a shoe string budget any ideas??
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Old 05-24-08, 11:19 AM   #2
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Are you converting a bike? Fixed gear or simply single speed?

If you're just converting an old bike to single speed and most of the parts are in good working order (or could be with a little TLC), you could get away with just removing the derailleurs, shortening the chain and simply running it on the existing casette and chainwheel. That will get you rolling SS for next to nothing.
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Old 05-24-08, 11:24 AM   #3
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I just have a late 70's to early 90's Schwinn Le Tour frame set. looking for it to be single speed.
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http://sheldonbrown.com/singlespeed.html

This should get you started.
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+1 for running it on the existing cassette, its been done and can apparently work pretty well as long as u get the right chainline goin
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